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BlackBerry Curve 8530 OS 5.0.0.973 Update from Sprint

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Hat tip to my pal, Bobby Freeman, for pointing to the OS update for the Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8530. You’ll get a nice little bump up to 5.0.0.973. Sure, it’s not OS 6, but each incremental step is a bit better than before, isn’t it? Catch the upgrade at BlackBerry’s site.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Gets OS 6.0.0.246 Update for All Major Carriers

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Fairly recently, TELUS, Rogers and AT&T have all released an updated OS 6.0.0.246 for the BlackBerry Torch. The Torch, while it’s a really cool BlackBerry, comes with some new software that isn’t completely ready. The first iteration, 6.0.0.141, had some pretty serious bugs in it, including glitches in the scrolling and sometimes critical screen failures. The latest update is pretty massive, 177.78MB from TELUS, and hopefully it comes with some serious improvements.
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BlackBerry 6 Update for Bell Devices Not Coming Until 2011

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How lame is this? A leaked document shows that BlackBerry 6 won’t be available for Bell OS 6 ready devices until 2011. Users are eagerly awaiting the Bold 9700, BlackBerry Pearl 3G and the Curve 3G from Bell to upgrade with BlackBerry 6 and it looks like they’re going to have to wait until hell freezes over to get the update. Other than the Torch, which should launch early October, it’s not clear when these BlackBerry 6-ready devices are expected to launch, but 2011 seems a long ways away. Too bad, so sad, your dad.

Rogers Now Offering OTA OS Upgrades for the Bold 9700

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As of today, Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9700 users will be able to upgrade their OS Over-the-Air (OTA). Users can now upgrade to the official OS 5.0.0.351 OTA, and future versions will be available to download in this fashion as well. Another huge benefit to this announcement is that data used during the update won’t be charged to customers’ data bucket. Updates can also be done over WiFi as well as via BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
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Gartner Release Breakdown of Mobile OS Market Share

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Gartner have released their latest figures breaking down the mobile OS market between BlackBerry, iPhone, Symbian, Windows Mobile et al. RIM are doing very well in second place with a 3.3 point gain bringing them to 19.9 percent market share. While Symbian is dominating the list, I’m personally more concerned with smartphone-based OSes that have a relatively vibrant developer community. With all that today’s modern smartphone can do, Symbian seems like a relic of a feature phone world that is almost obsolete.

As we pointed out in the IDC post, you can’t deny Apple’s market share growth rate. Apple is selling just 10M fewer units than RIM, and if the growth numbers remain constant, I can see them overtaking RIM. On the other hand, RIM still has some core business and technology advantages that can leave Apple in the dust.

For example, carriers are going to put an increasing amount of pressure on hardware manufacturers to be efficient with data. Apple have been pretty greedy when it comes to network consumption and if they lose the carriers’ confidence, we’ll be seeing the carriers’ marketing dollars shifting to BlackBerry. RIM are also going to see a tremendous amount of growth globally, while Apple are too rigid in pricing to be effective outside of first world countries. It’s safe to say that the next few years are going to be very interesting.

[Graph courtesy of TechCrunch]

BlackBerry Bold 9700 OS 5.0.0.415 with new version of BBM included

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Got a BBM from Ronen this morning that OS 5.0.0.415 is available for the Bold 9700. This is a pretty exciting leak as it’s supposed to come with a new version of BlackBerry Messenger (5.0.0.42).

Download OS 5.0.0.415 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700.