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BlackBerry OS 6 Hybrids for Bold 9000, 9700, Storm 9500, Tour 9600, Curve 8900 and 8500

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A BlackBerry OS hybrid takes the best of the various OS builds and puts them into a single load. Sometimes an OS version will have a faster browser or menu navigation, and someone capable of building a hybrid OS can extract that app/file and run it on a different OS base. A hybrid OS will also tend to remove extra files that aren’t needed, allowing the device to run a little smoother. The hybrid OS world is something unique to BlackBerry, and it’s something that every BlackBerry user can enjoy getting in to. The average user tends to avoid hybrid builds because they’re not official and can sometimes lead to critical failures. You have to be comfortable enough loading a new OS on your device and restoring a nuked BlackBerry in order to really enjoy the process.

Today, hybrids were released using BlackBerry OS 6 files from the BlackBerry Clamshell 9670 and compiled into a hybrid for the BlackBerry Bold 9000, 9700, Storm 9500, Tour 9600, Curve 8900 and 8500. We have been testing the hybrids on several devices, the first of which was the Bold 9000. The Bold 9000 probably won’t be getting OS 6 so it looks like a hybrid might be the closest that users will get to trying it out, unless of course they update their hardware. Click after the jump to see screenshots and details of what applications were extracted for this OS 6 hybrid. In general, the builds are really smooth and if you haven’t tried out the hybrid world, give it a shot. You will have a new appreciation for what it’s like using an “open” platform like BlackBerry.
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Leaked OS 5 Roundup: Curve 8520, 8900, Tour 9630, Bold 9000 and 9700

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Today was a pretty wild day for leaks. We have updated OS 5 leaks for the Curve 8520, Tour 9630, Bold 9000, Curve 8900 and Bold 9700. It’s not every day that so many OS leaks drop at once but I guess when it rains it pours.

Download OS OS 5.0.0.554 for the Curve 8520.

Download OS OS 5.0.0.571 for the Tour 9630.

Download OS 5.0.0.566 for the Bold 9700 or from the mirror link.

Download OS 5.0.0.554 for the Curve 8900 and Bold 9000.

[Links courtesy of Bla1ze and TBZ]

Leaked OS 5.0.0.554 for the Curve 8900 and Bold 9000 with Mirror Links

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OS 5.0.0.554 is now available for download for the Bold 9000 and Curve 8900. There haven’t been many reports about this particular OS version, but it seems stable so far. Locking your BlackBerry with .554 still includes standby.

Here are some mirror links:

Download OS 5.0.0.554 for the Bold 9000 here, here, here and here.

Download OS 5.0.0.554 for the Curve 8900 here and here.

Comparing Smartphone Keyboards Highlights Bold Advantages and Storm2 Disadvantages

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Paul Ockenden of PC Pro put together a test comparing smartphone keyboards. The test was pretty basic, and while we can argue about the accuracy of the results, I think BlackBerry users can agree on the conclusions. The test involved typing the first couple of verses to Lou Reed’s “Pale Blue Eyes”, a telephone number, a web URL and a username/password. In each case, the operation was timed and accuracy noted. The results of the tests are shown in the above table.

Each phone was in its default mode, as it would be out of the box. One error is logged for each wrong word in the main text and for each wrong character in the phone number, web address, username and password. In each test, Paul tried to not look at the screen, and type as fast as he could, allowing the phone to correct any errors. Overall, the goal isn’t to type the fastest, but to get an idea for the speed to error ratio.
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Wind Release Official OS 5.0.0.509 for Bold 9000, Curve 8900 and 8520

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Wind are the first carrier to officially launch OS 5.0.0.509 and they’re rolling it out on three devices. The Bold 9000, Curve 8900 and and 8520 are all getting this new update. So far, reports about the update are positive so this is definitely worth checking out for yourself.

Download OS 5.0.0.509 for BlackBerry Bold 9000, Curve 8900 and 8520.

Be sure to check out the BlackBerryCool guide to upgrading your OS.

Official BlackBerry Bold 9000 OS 5.0.0.464 From Zain Kuwait

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Pic of my Bold after buying some OEM parts for it.

I’m a Bold 9000 user and the last time I saw an official release was in early January when OS 5.0.0.411 came courtesy of Bell Mobility. Zain Kuwait has officially launched OS 5.0.0.464, and I’m looking forward to seeing some performance improvements. On that note, has anyone noticed any serious battery drainage with .411?

Download OS 5.0.0.464 from Zain Kuwait.