Research In Motion
The BlackBerry Torch, available Aug. 12 exclusively from AT&T
BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available in the near future for some existing versions of the Bold and Pearl. Oh, and by the way, there was no mention today of the much-rumored "Blackpad" tablet computer designed to compete with Apple's
Even without a Blackpad announcement, this freshen-up couldn't have come a moment too soon for RIM, which yesterday received some ominous news from a Nielsen survey. Among BlackBerry owners likely to upgrade soon, an incredible 57% want to try either Apple's iPhone, a Google
The new operating system and Torch phone are definitely a step in the right direction, but I think RIM needs to take more than a step to reverse this ominous trend. Maybe the Blackpad will bring something fresh and new to the market, but I doubt it. At this point, investors are probably expecting more of the same from RIM: just catching up to the competition, but not beating it.