Rumors are swirling that BlackBerry maker Research In Motion will unveil a new smartphone and an updated version of the BlackBerry OS next week, as the company has issued invitations to a private event next week. While RIM's invitation doesn't say very much, that hasn't stopped the speculation from building.
Much of that speculation surrounds the next version of the BlackBerry OS, version 6.0. RIM has offered sneak peeks of the software, which features a new look and a new Webkit-based browser. BlackBerry OS 6 will offer new graphics, crisper icons, and a new social networking feed.
Other rumors suggest that RIM will announce a new phone -- likely the BlackBerry Bold 9800 -- running that updated BlackBerry OS. The Bold 9800 is said to feature a touch screen and a slide-up QWERTY keyboard, a design that would make it similar to the Palm Pre.
RIM's invitation features both the BlackBerry and AT&T logos, so it seems likely that the companies are announcing new hardware, not just an updated OS. The event takes place on Tuesday, August 3. Stay tuned for all the details.
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