We know that OS 18.104.22.1686 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 was recently leaked out, however, it has now been officially released for COSMOTE.
Word on the street is that OS 22.214.171.1241 and Push to Talk capability are coming to the Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 Monday night at 11:59 p.m.
BlackBerry Tour Software Enhancements Effective Date: 3/29/2010On the night of 3/29 at 11:59pm, Verizon Wireless introduces a new software update for the BlackBerry Tour smart phone. Users will be able to upgrade their software to version 5.0.0 release 1002 (platform 126.96.36.1992/applications 188.8.131.521) to receive new improvements and enhancements.Key Advantages:
- Camera – Smoother operation in both camera and video applications.
- Calling – Improved Bluetooth functionality for last number dialed, enhanced functionality for Voice Activated Dialing in both French and English, improved missed call log showing missed Call Waiting calls, and upgraded Call Waiting caller ID and call timer.
- Messaging – Improved functionality for reading, sending, forwarding, and deleting SMS messages as well as corrected in-box display when in holster.
- Bluetooth – Improvements in operation when using VZ Navigator
- Push To Talk – Push To Talk capability Software Availability The software upgrade will first be available to customers on the night of 3/29 at 11:59 pm via the following methods: OTASL (Over The Air Software Loading) OTA User Initiated / Verizon Wireless Network Pushed Process (Poke) / Web Based Software / Desktop Manager Software Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
It looks like the BlackBerry Curve 8530 won’t be the only Verizon BlackBerry getting an OS update in the not too distant futre. Word on the street is that the an OS 5 update for the Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 is coming sometime in the next couple of weeks. It will have Push-To-Talk support which will cost you an additional $5 per month on your Verizon bill.
One of the big complaints about the BlackBerry when compared to other smartphones is that a lot of the applications that run on the BlackBerry seem outdated and less sophisticated when compared those that run on devices like the iPhone and those running WebOS or Android. To make a long story short, the complaints are fairly valid and much of the issue is because of the way that the BlackBerry utilizes memory.
BlackBerry OS 184.108.40.206 for the BlackBerry Tour has been leaked. You can find it at the link below
BlackBerry OS 5 has been floating around the interwebs for some time now and we know that when it is finally officially released, it isn’t going to be the major overhaul to the BlackBerry operating system that we once hoped it would be. On one hand you can say that the BlackBerry is holding it’s own against the likes of the iPhone’s OS and Web OS found on the Palm Pre, however, I don’t know that the BlackBerry OS is in a ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ type of situation when compared to it’s competitors.
So, word on the street is that the latest OS leak for the BlackBerry Storm 9530, 220.127.116.11, didn’t pass Verizon’s testing and won’t become the the second official Verizon BlackBerry Storm OS update. There have been well over a dozen leaked OS updates that have come out since 18.104.22.168 was made official, but none of them, including 22.214.171.124 have made the grade. Some are saying that their won’t be an official update until version 5 for the Storm comes out.
I know that I’ve been outspoken about Verizon dragging their feet on making any of the leaked updates available officially, however, if I am honest, I can understand why they haven’t.