Phones running-- the long-awaited, mildly anticipated new version of RIM's BlackBerry software -- is due to touch down in February, following an .
The new software will arrive with new devices in tow. RIM's Kristian Tear told the San Francisco Chronicle new devices should land on multiple continents within 30 days of the January event. That means the UK is likely to see the rumoured on sale in the first two months of 2013.
The touchscreen-only London has already, so I'll eat my mittens if the mobile up there on the left isn't RIM's next flagship effort. The BlackBerry 'Nevada' (on the right) is likely to launch at the same time, and features the familiar Qwerty keyboard.
It's no secret that BlackBerry-maker, with BlackBerry 10 seen as the company's last-ditch effort to turn around the sinking ship before it strikes the iceberg of obsolescence, and steer it safely into the port of mixed metaphors.
BlackBerry boss Thorsten Heins is optimistic,, "We're here to win," but CNET UK's editor Jason Jenkins .
BlackBerry fans needn't wait until next year for a new software treat, however. BBM -- the popular messaging service that-- is introducing an update that lets you make free calls over a Wi-Fi connection.
In other words, if you're at home or in a Wi-Fi hotspot, you'll be able to ring your buddies via BBM without incurring any additional charges.
The update is available to devices running BlackBerry 6 OS or higher, and has a split-screen feature that lets you send text and picture messages during a voice call -- handy if you're in the phone while your puppy starts doing something hilarious.
It's out now in beta, and can be downloaded at the BlackBerry Beta Zone.
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