In a press conference in New York, Research in Motion Limited (RIM), the Canadian telecommunication behind the BlackBerry Smartphone, announced the launch of “the best BlackBerry ever”, i. e., BlackBerry Torch.
Although, the market analysts did not recognise BlackBerry Torch as a direct threat, neither on Apple’s iPhone nor on Google’s Android software, the new BlackBerry offers a universal inbox combining the instant messaging services with the social networks. The social features are coupled with the facilitated web browsing, granted by a revamped version of BlackBerry 6 software. In addition, the BlackBerry is provided with the widely-known 3.2 inch touch-screen interface, the slide-out Qwerty keyboard, a 5-megapixel camera and a built-in GPS for location-based applications.
The Smartphone will hit the U. S. markets on August the 12th for $199.99. RIM reported that the new member of the BlackBerry family would maintain the famed fast and secure email connection. Mike Lazaridis, RIM’s President and Co-Chief Executive said, "It's a really special product because so much new goodness has been added to it".
Despite these advanced features, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab of Emirates did not change their opposing position against the BlackBerry’s security breach, announcing that they are still blocking BlackBerry’s services.