Leaked upcoming BlackBerry OS screenshots reveal new features

Leaked upcoming BlackBerry OS screenshots reveal new features

Summary: News is spreading quickly within the underground BlackBerry community of a leak within Research in Motion, the company that makes the phone, of the latest BlackBerry operating system. Designed for the Curve, the new OS (which has been rumored for some time) could easily be the upcoming release for other models such as the popular Bold.

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News is spreading quickly within the underground BlackBerry community of a leak within Research in Motion, the company that makes the phone, of the latest BlackBerry operating system. Designed for the Curve, the new OS (which has been rumored for some time) could easily be the upcoming release for other models such as the popular Bold.

Intrepid student that I am, I downloaded it and installed it on my Curve 8900, and through the perfectly seamless upgrade transition, I have discovered a bunch of new features which not only progresses what these devices can do on a software level, but also show a little more about where RIM is going and the connections it is making with other companies - Google, for example.

To be honest, it's not easy seeing what's new in the settings unless I constantly switch back and forth between the latest released BlackBerry OS and the leaked one. I can't be bothered with that, so some of what you see below may already be old-hat (and evidently, I haven't noticed since owning my phone).

Gallery To see a comprehensive screenshot gallery of the new features and items in the leaked BlackBerry OS 5.0 release, head on over this way.

What is in the new BlackBerry Curve (v5.0.0.130) operating system so far?

  • Today screen: which includes your latest messages, missed calls and your upcoming calendar;
  • Default account management: allowing you to choose service books for specific and priority calendars and message servers;
  • GPS management: including location aiding which bridges location accuracy using the network and easing the burden on the battery without using GPS all the time;
  • New icons: still the same user experience as before so it won't throw you off but more precise icons;

There is no word on when the new operating system will be released, or even if it will indeed be available for current models. It could well be a new operating system for newer models which we have yet to discover, but either way, I'll be keeping my eye out for any more changes or developments.

What do you want to see in the new BlackBerry OS?

Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware, Mobility, BlackBerry, Software

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  • Old News

    Various versions of 5.0 have been leaking for weeks now. But this is ZDNet, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

    And once you start using it, it will quickly become apparent how buggy and unstable it is. There's a reason it's not yet been released.
    UmNo
    • Quite the contrary...

      With the exception of my licence key not working for Documents to Go (it's a new BB version - fair enough) and the Setup Wizard freezing - absolutely no problems with it.

      [b]UPDATED:[/b] I may as well explain actually - the news of the OS leaking is around 3 weeks old - I updated the link in the first paragraph to reflect this (I got the links mixed up, sorry). But nobody has actually seen what's on the inside yet - the gallery and the feature list from what I've thrown out is new. So even though the first paragraph is old, the actual content is new. Is that OK?
      zwhittaker
      • Interesting

        I'm guessing you recently installed it then. Give it a day or two...

        Or, maybe you just don't do that much with your BlackBerry. For me, App World crashes, the Facebook App won't even download... It's along list.
        UmNo
        • Nah you're not wrong there...

          App World is a bit funny, and many of the applications which ran on the previous (released) version now don't work - Facebook and Windows Live Messenger. I may be wrong but I expect that's due to a "W7 compatibility", in the fact that the build numbers cause the applications to not recognise that BlackBerry because as far as the applications are concerned, there isn't a BlackBerry OS which is even that far ahead. It's partly a OS thing, partly the application manufacturers problem too.
          zwhittaker
  • RE: Leaked upcoming BlackBerry OS screenshots reveal new features

    will there be a new OS for the Storm??? Please don't neglect us touch screen addicts...
    mystro2b
    • No update, but there is an upgrade...

      The upgrade is called an iPhone and it's a so
      much better that it's incredible.... Way more
      Apps... Better UI as well.... LOL

      i8thecat
      • Come on now

        It is annoying when NBMers scout out Apple news just to post stupid
        comments (about things they know noting about.) Why give Apple users
        a bad rep by doing the same thing. Why stoop to their level? I get the
        quick rush of the obvious humour, but in the long run, is it really helpful?

        This is about RIM, and read by people interested in RIM. As such, such
        comments just come off as trolling. It is unseemly.
        SpiritusInMachina
      • Not helpful in the least. NT

        No Text
        NCWeber
      • I gotta admit I do love my iPhone

        but still stick to the topic dude - you are looking like a troll.
        athynz
  • RE: Leaked upcoming BlackBerry OS screenshots reveal new features

    Will there be a cool OS update for the Storm? Please?! for us touch screen addicts...
    mystro2b
  • RE: Leaked upcoming BlackBerry OS screenshots reveal new features

    IMO, Blackberry's need to get a touch screen. My wife,
    using her iTouch, can navigate web sites 10x faster than
    I can using a Blackberry. Sure, I can produce an email
    faster, but why can't I have both benefits in one device?
    rtdreep
    • You've heard of the Storm, right?

      :)
      zwhittaker
  • Get with the plan

    THAT device has been out for ages!
    The 'G-Man.'
  • RE: Leaked upcoming BlackBerry OS screenshots reveal new features

    Looks and sounds a lot like my Storms features
    tymiata
  • RE: Leaked upcoming BlackBerry OS screenshots reveal new features

    I would like the ability to install and run my apps on the SD card...Does it have that?

    I would also like to see a Blackberry Tour...with a touchscreen. I still want it to work just like it does, having the keyboard and trackball...but just the addition of the touch screen.

    condelirios
    • You can get an app to load apps on to SD card

      It's called Aerize or some such... I have it on my storm and it made a significant improvement on the speed of the device. I could tell 5 seconds after I loaded the free trial from Appworld. I bought it when the trial ran out 7 days later. They also have a memory optimizer app that is worthwhile. My all time favourite app is Shazam however... (I know iPhone users... it was on Apple first)... extremely nifty.
      mapsonburt
  • RE: Leaked upcoming BlackBerry OS screenshots reveal new features

    Looks like it is a step up. Will it be available for use on the Storm? Also, the BEST new feature that they can provide would be an option similar to the Palm Treo which allows you to choose to install apps directly on the SD card.
    jbkraut
  • Flash player?

    When will they add support for flash? I have business sites I can't reach because the pages are not designed with a non flash alternate (shame on the programmer)
    Even so rim should add support
    cjnye
    • Why no Flash?

      The lack of Flash support is almost always at the behest of the carrier. If a phone supports Flash, then the user can utilize free alternatives to the paid audio and video applications that the carrier is trying to sell their subscribers. They are also deathly afraid of the increased bandwidth usage of people streaming lots of A/V data to their devices.
      wineaux
  • Looking forward to upgrading

    I have a Curve 8320 and I've been considering buying a
    new model. I know the BB has a legacy of connecting with
    corporate email, but I use gmail and other programs so
    I'd like to see what the new OS can do better. Support
    for Google Gears is a good start.
    TJGodel