Research in Motion has announced that the next version of its BlackBerry operating system will be BlackBerry OS 7, rather than 6.1. RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie says there will be a number of new features, and the company wanted to reflect that in the name.

The update will include digital compass APIs, support for OpenGL Es 2.0 graphics, and more.

The new operating system will likely launch on upcoming BlackBerry smartphones. It’s not yet clear whether RIM will release OS 7 as a software update for current phones.

Update: RIM has officially unveiled Blackberry 7, as well as the first two phones which will run the operating system, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Bold 9930.

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