Tag: OS 5

Do You Still Want To Read About Legacy BlackBerry News?

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Just recently, we got a note from BlackBerry that Facebook v4.1 had just been released for BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 5 to 7.1. All I could think about when reading it was “SO?!”. As someone who writes about BlackBerry on a daily basis, it’s very difficult to care about legacy devices. Sure, there’s still 80 million or so legacy users worldwide, and I’m sure they’re looking for info as well, but I don’t see this website being the source for that. It’s way more fun to talk about where BlackBerry is going and the new products coming to the platform. It’s soul-wrenching to discuss an outdated platform that clearly has an end of life coming up.

Readers – are you still interested in reading about legacy BlackBerrys? Personally, I think onwards and upwards without looking back is the way to go.

How To Improve the Speed of Your BlackBerry (for OS 5 and OS 6)

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We have ran several guides for helping users make their BlackBerry devices run faster. We continue to run these guides along regular content because users continually ask these questions and we cover a little more in each one. If you want to make your BlackBerry running OS 5 or OS 6 faster, click through and read these tips.
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PlayBook Theme GoPlay by HedoneDesign for OS 5 and 6 Devices

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When BlackBerry 6 was ramping up, we saw a few themes that gave users the ability to get a BlackBerry 6-like experience before launch. Now that the PlayBook has been getting a lot of media coverage and screenshots, we have a few themes out there that seek to mimic the UI and experience. We know that the PlayBook and QNX OS are coming to smartphones, and while it probably won’t look exactly like the PlayBook, we’ll definitely see a lot of the same features. It will be cool to see theme developers take a shot at guessing what a QNX OS BlackBerry UI would look like.

Check out HedoneDesign’s PlayBook theme GoPlay in the store.

Predicting BlackBerry 6 Adoption Rates with OS 5.0 Data

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A full year has passed since OS 5.0 was released as an upgrade for the Storm 9530. By using the download data from the popular game Pixelated I have been able to track the progress of the adoption of version 5.0 of the BlackBerry Operating System. Not only does this show the trends of the past year, but it also gives a guide to what we can expect to see in the adoption of OS 6 from in market devices such as the Bold 9700.?

While the majority of users upgraded right away (over two-thirds of all users upgraded in the first two months), the adoption rate after that was more slow and steady than anything else. After ten months the adoption rate has finally stabilized. The past three months has seen it remain just short of 90% ranging from 89.7%-89.9%, at this point there is no reason to expect much more change in this number.

Eric at Ebscer

OS 5 Adoption Rates for the Tour 9630 and Storm 9530

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Initially, Verizon’s Tour 9630 users were quicker to adopt OS 5.0 than Storm users. One month after the official release of OS 5, 71.1% of users upgraded to the new operating system. The Storm 9530 in comparison, saw only 61.4% after the first month, and took a full three months to get past the 70% mark.

The higher rate for the first month may be due to pent up demand after Verizon and RIM took their sweet time releasing this. Although, the early release of OS 5 was more productive for the 9530 which has since climbed to 81.4% adoption.

These statistics come from the time of download of the popular free game Pixelated. Given that this game has been available for both devices for a while now, it is doubtful that there is any early adopter effect distorting these numbers.

There is another OS 5 adoption analysis from back in February available here.

- Ebscer

Verizon BlackBerry Tour OS 5.0.0.591 now Officially Available

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We heard rumblings that a big OS 5 update was on its way for the Verizon Tour 9630 and it looks like its now available. The update comes as OS 5.0.0.591 and we’ve heard some good things about this update. Here are a couple user reports so far:

@drsuessmn Installed and working great 9630/5.0.0.591
@k2jlx The battery life on the Tour 9630 w/OS 5.0.0.591 is outstanding #blackberry #rim
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