Tag: OS-5.0

Upcoming OS 5.0 BlackBerry Messenger roundup


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BGR has been dropping a ton of leaks about the upcoming BlackBerry Messenger that comes with OS 5.0. So far, we know the following about the new BBM:

  • SMS support – BlackBerry devices are finally getting threaded SMS support.
  • PIN barcode scanning – Rather than find your PIN and reading or sending it, you will be able to scan a barcode to get the PIN. Just press the barcode option and another BlackBerry with a camera can scan it.
  • Backup/Restore Messenger list to microSD card —This is going to be huge, especially for people who change devices a lot.
  • Avatar support — set your own avatar using the Camera or saved photo on your device (this is displayed locally as well as shown next to your Messenger name on your friend’s buddy list).
  • GPS location integration — you can now set permissions so friends can always see your location, have to request it each time, or never can see it.
  • Proximity sensor — we’re guessing this will let you know if you’re within a certain distance of friends (pending, of course, you’re both set to share locations freely with each other).
  • Set conversation subjects — this will allow you to organize your convos on the main Messenger screen and label them with subjects to keep track of all your conversations.
  • Homescreen support — you can pin/sticky actual Messenger contacts directly to the homescreen for easy access!
  • This new messenger client is becoming so powerful it’s almost a selling feature for the device on its own. I would like to see BBM import other chat clients to make a one-stop-shop for communicating with all your contacts.



    BlackBerry OS 5.0 details roundup


    BlackBerry OS 5

    WES 2009 is only 2 weeks away and we’re expecting the launch of the BlackBerry OS 5 in the near future. BGR has put together a nice roundup of information that we know pertaining to OS 5, so why not take an advanced look at what to expect.


    With BlackBerry OS 5, when scrolling through a long list of emails, the date header will remain stationary thus making it impossible to lose track of which days emails your looking at. This feature is great for anyone who may leave their BlackBerry to accumulate emails for a long time.

    When sending photos, OS 5 will give an option to resize individual photos to 1024×768, 800×600 or 640×480 is given. This will save space and reduce data transmisssion costs.

    Other changes to the message system include the ability to flag emails and define them by request, color, status and due date as well as create, edit and delete folders from the device itself.


    Calendar entries will be able to be forwarded, and users will also finally be able to view attachments that are attached to calendar invites. Conference call information can also be plugged into Calendar, which means you can get plugged directly into the call from the notification.


    We already mentioned that Google Gears will be supported in OS 5.0, but now we’re told that videos will be able to be streamed inline within the browser itself. A bunch of new AJAX formats are also supported.


    RIM has updated the Maps application to render around two times as fast as they did in the past. In addition to this, scrolling around and zooming in should no longer result in lagging.

    Built into the message system, addresses will be automatically sniffed out by the OS and a simple click will bring up the location in Maps. This feature will likely only work in the US and Canada at first.

    The BlackBerry Maps app has also been updated to include almost every city. This is great considering geotagging will be available with pictures so you can show all your friends that trip to rural America.

    General Notes

    Here is a quick breakdown of more features you will see with OS 5:

    • Users will be able to set their default download folder, wallpaper, theme and reset the icon layout of a theme to its default layout from “Homescreen Preferences”
    • Holding the Menu key will bring up Application Switcher as it currently does on the Storm/newer Bold OS builds/etc
    • When an item is highlighted in a menu setting, hitting the Menu key will select it as it currently does on the Storm
    • If the device is running low on memory, a message will pop up that not only informs the user of the low memory buy also recommends rarely used apps for deletion
    • Users can decide if they want to have sounds when the device is booting up, shutting off, plugged in to charge, unplugged from charging, when the battery is full and when the battery is kaput
    • Users can now individually encrypt email PIN messages. All that is needed is for the sender and receiver to know the encryption password which is done via S/MIME
    • Storm users will be able to get the full-QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode.

    We’re looking forward to the official announcement and hopefully this keeps you informed until then.



    First look at OS 5.0 for the BlackBerry Curve


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    Boy Genius has scored another scoop, but this time it’s not a new BlackBerry device. Rather, it’s the first (and extremely early) look at OS 5.0, shown here running on a BlackBerry 8310. So far in it’s early state it looks very much like OS 4.6, with the Alarm and Accessibility options seen on the BlackBerry Bold. However, there is one new feature to whet the appetite: the Files application, which appears to add network share access.

    We’ll let you know if anything further develops with OS 5.0. Personally, I’m hoping for the ability to shoot lasers out of my BlackBerry, but that’s just me.

    (via BGR)

    BlackBerry OS 5.0 Screenshots

    OS 5.0 due by year’s end, 8900 at WES?


    BlackBerry 8/9XXX In addition to tacking UMTS on the new BlackBerry’s feature list and adding further confusion to whether we’ll call it the BlackBerry 8900 or 9000, Jibi has let loose news that work has begun on OS 5.0 and could be out by the end of the year. No word on features, but considering it’s a fairly hefty generational jump from 4.3, we can either expect big changes in the new OS or a lot of incremental upgrades over the course of the year. As for naming conventions, it doesn’t look like it really deserves a class on its own (being so similar to the 8800 and all), but most BlackBerry series are based more on chassis than anything else, so a 9000 designation is still in the cards. Hopefully we can get a clearer idea before the Wireless Enterprise Symposium in May. If you’ve got any other ideas on what else is going to happen this year, you should check out our Weekly Contest