BlackBerry Milan and Colt canceled, all hopes for OS 10 lie with the London

BlackBerry London BB 10Oh dear, RIM may be trying to get us all excited about BlackBerry OS 10, but when reports appear that the company is canceling smartphones set to run it, it doesn’t exactly fill us with confidence regarding an expedited arrival.

The news comes via BGR.com, who says that not only has the Colt been canned, but the Milan has too. In case you don’t recall either of these devices, here’s a reminder:

The Colt was all set to be the first phone to use the next generation of BlackBerry software, OS 10, and actually initially appeared when that software was still expected to be named after the QNX platform found on the PlayBook. With a single-core 1Ghz processor rumored, and presumably yet another Curve/Bold lookalike design, it never sounded the most inspirational phone on which to launch a new platform.

It doesn’t matter now though, as it’s no more. The Milan, on the other hand, has been revealed as a BlackBerry OS 7 phone rather than one waiting for BlackBerry OS 10. Apparently, carriers said “thanks, but no thanks” to the device, as it was too close in design to the existing BlackBerry Torch.

The cull leaves the London as the only phone we currently have any knowledge of that’s set to run BlackBerry OS 10. Revealed in November, the London shares some design similarities with the Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981, but shuns the QWERTY in favor of a full touchscreen. Rumored specs include a dual-core 1Ghz processor, an 8-megapixel camera and a screen measuring 4-inches.

Could the removal of two, arguably superfluous, phones from the line-up allow RIM to focus their efforts — Apple-style — on one phone and really make it great? With OS 10 set to make an appearance at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, perhaps we will find out then?

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