Many consumers may have been waiting for the new BlackBerry Curve, codenamed Sedona or Apollo at the time, but for some reason RIM decided to pull back on the scheduled plans. Fortunately, a recent leak of the BlackBerry OS 7 for the Curve 9370 has just come to light, and comes packed with some tutorial videos. According to CrackBerry hackers have been able to get their hands on the new OS and have leaked OS 7 for BlackBerry Curve 9350/9370.
Blackberry OS 7 mobile operating system seems to be as intuitive as ever, except carries a more modern twist than your conventional BlackBerry device. You’ll notice for one that this OS has a navigation bar rather than having the user cycle through rows and rows of applications.
Since OS 7 isn’t compatible with older devices, the leaked ROM can’t be installed on any current BlackBerry device. We’ll have to wait for the Curve 9350/Curve 9370 (those are Sedona and Apollo respectively) to come out to see how the new OS handles without a touch screen.
Note that the only BlackBerry OS 7 devices that are currently official use the touch screen/portrait QWERTY combo, so their UI and the one on the Curve isn’t the same.
Three video tutorials (at the bottom of this article) were extracted from the ROM (they were intended as on-device tutorials). They show how to use the OS with the optical trackpad and the QWERTY keyboard. There’s a fourth video that shows how to insert SIM and microSD cards but we’ll skip that as it’s hardly interesting.
The ROM is for the T-Mobile version of the BlackBerry Curve, though other versions shouldn’t be very different. Latest BlackBerry OS 7 update.