Verizon to push out a new OS update for the Storm?

By on April 28, 2009 at 9:30 AM.

Verizon to push out a new OS update for the Storm?

We’re not too sure how much truth there is behind this one, but we just got a tip from a Verizon ninja who received an email memo regarding a much needed OS update for the BlackBerry Storm 9530. The memo mentions that OS 4.7.0.141 “is here” and that customers would be receiving alerts during the day telling them to upgrade. We haven’t been able to confirm this yet, but this ninja has proven himself to be a reliable source of VZW information in the past. Oddly, we have yet to come across a leaked copy of OS 4.7.0.141 but we are aware that RIM is already working on OS 4.7.0.201 and greater for the 9530. Perhaps this might be one of those rare instances where a carrier beats the leakers to the punch. We shall see.

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We've got the goods on BlackBerry OS 5.0

By on April 21, 2009 at 8:12 AM.

We've got the goods on BlackBerry OS 5.0

With WES 2009 set to kick off two weeks from today, we thought now would be the perfect time to dish out some goods on OS 5.0 that we’ve been sitting on for a while. In short, this post covers a lot of the stuff that will be found in OS 5.0 that was not already covered in either of our our hands-on reviews. So without further adieu, hit the jump for our latest OS 5.0 scoop.

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Free memory: The Achilles heel of BlackBerry App World

By on April 18, 2009 at 5:31 PM.

Free memory: The Achilles heel of BlackBerry App World

Hip hip huzzah! BlackBerry App World has been with us for over three weeks and no doubt a lot of the World’s 25 million BlackBerry users have jumped on the wagon and taken it for a spin or two around the block. But after playing with it for a while, we’re quite sure that there are plenty of people whose puppy-love infatuation quickly turned to irritation. Why? Errors, bugs and high costs aside, it’s likely that App World users discovered the reality that BlackBerrys have a bit of an issue when it comes to dedicated application memory. This, coupled with the infamous memory leaks that sadly seem to be oh so prevalent on every BlackBerry model since the Pearl 8100, make for a device that isn’t anywhere near capable of handing as many apps as competing smartphones. Put simply, the more contacts, phone logs, saved messages and of course installed applications a user has on his or her BlackBerry, the less free memory the device has to dedicate to new apps.

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Hands on: OS 5.0 on the Bold

By on April 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM.

Hands on: OS 5.0 on the Bold

Way back in September we gave the world its first glimpse at the upcoming BlackBerry OS 5.0 running on a Curve 8310, but since that time RIM has continued to keep mum on the subject so we thought that we’d conduct a brief overview of BlackBerry OS 5.0 running on a Bold. So hit the jump and get your OS 5.0 freak on.

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Review: TELUS BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

By on March 14, 2009 at 4:07 PM.

Review: TELUS BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

While this might come as a bit of a shock to some, there is a little known country just north of the good ‘ole US of A that just so happens to be home to the World’s second largest smartphone manufacturer. That country is of course Canada and the manufacturer is RIM. It used to be the case that BlackBerry fans in the US got the latest BlackBerry devices before Canada, but in recent times it seems that Canada has launched RIM’s latest devices long before its neighbors to the South — the exception to this being the Storm. Canadian carriers stuck it to the Americans once again however, when Bell was the first carrier to release the CDMA Pearl Flip 8230. Sure, a few hiccups six days after launch due to buggy software killed off a lot of the excitement, but thankfully for RIM, TELUS launched the Pearl Flip 11 days after Bell, a launch that went off without a hitch.

Now back in October we reviewed the GSM version of the Pearl Flip (the 8220) and found it to be a pretty decent device considering its affordability. However, we couldn’t help but feel let down by the build quality which made the device feel extremely cheap, and the ridiculously pixelated display. So does the CDMA Pearl Flip offer any notable improvements over its GSM cousin? Hit the jump to find out. More →

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BlackBerry Bold pulled from shelves in Japan

By on February 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM.

BlackBerry Bold pulled from shelves in Japan

It looks like four bands of HSPA is too much for a BlackBerry to handle as Japanese carrier DoCoMo has suspended all sales of the Bold due to overheating issues. Since its February 20th launch, DoCoMo has sold approximately 4,000 Bolds but after receiving more than 30 complaints about overheating keypads while charging, DoCoMo decided it was best to halt sales while RIM investigates the matter. RIM is being quite tight-lipped on the matter and would only comment with, “This issue appears to be specifically limited to the BlackBerry Bold devices sold in Japan since last week and sales of BlackBerry Bold devices in other countries are unaffected by this matter.” RIM went on to clarify that faulty batteries are not to blame. For those of you scoring at home, this brings the number of carriers that have suspended sales of the Bold up to two thus far. Anyone taking bets on who might be the third?

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Feeling courageous? Create your own customized BlackBerry OS

By on February 8, 2009 at 11:09 PM.

Feeling courageous? Create your own customized BlackBerry OS

One of the suckiest things about playing with beta OS builds for any BlackBerry device is that you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get in terms of reliability and performance. One build might make your device of choice super snappy but come at the price of reception thus making your life a living hell. Thankfully, a wonderful tutorial has been written that lets the layperson cut out the bad elements of a given OS and splice together all of the goodness from another, thus creating a super OS build that RIM could only dream about. So with that in mind, we’re going to be going over how you can make your very own OS build that has killer reception and great responsiveness from the OS that was sent in to us by Sith_Apprentice.

  1. Download the OS that gave your BlackBerry the best reception and the OS that made your BlackBerry work best sans reception and install them both
  2. Go to C:Program FilesCommon FilesResearch in MotionSharedLoader Files and open up the folder for the OS build that has the best reception and copy the lone file inside its GSM/UMTS/CDMA folder
  3. Copy the lone radio file into the GSM/UMTS/CDMA folder of the OS build with the best functionality
  4. Update your device with the custom OS via Loader.exe

Once Loader.exe is done its thing you’re good to go with your custom BlackBerry OS.

Thanks, Sith!

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