A German BlackBerry site posted some screenshots of OS 18.104.22.168 and the features available with the new OS.
When it comes to the loading process, it’s great to have the status bar in OS 5.0. Before, you would have to stare at the “white screen of death” for what seemed like half and hour before you device turned on. While I don’t believe OS 5.0 loads any faster, you can still check when the device will be finished loading.
One feature you will notice that is significantly faster, is the key locking system. Locking and unlocking the keys is much faster.
The new messenger client is going to be the focal point of the latest OS. With avatar support, and a wide range of messenger features, RIM is going to change the way BlackBerry users communicate. I’m also looking forward to the use of barcodes in order to exchange info. It brings us another step closer to countries such as Japan, where QR codes make contact information fast and efficient.