BlackBerry OS 6 beta available to download for some devices

Download Squad is reporting that RIM has posted a beta download of BlackBerry OS 6. Currently, the beta will only work with the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Bold 9780, or Curve 3G 9300 and T-Mobile customers, and you can head on over to the Beta Zone and download OS 6 for the device if you're willing to give it a whirl.

The 9780 already ships with OS 6, but the beta version will add new features and tweaks that weren't included in the shipped version. OS 6 introduces universal search, so you can find stuff on your phone and online just by typing from the home screen. There’s also an upgraded WebKit browser, and a revamped homescreen.

Blackberry is known for its rock solid platforms and its unrivaled email support. It is used in big businesses across the world but has recently begun moving into the consumer market. Among other features on the device, BB OS 6 will finally bring a new webkit browser to replace the archaic blackberry browser.

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The version on the Beta Zone is the same as the one that was leaked a few days ago, in case anyone's interested.

I'm waiting at least for 6.1 as I hate the homescreen categories that are so easy to activate with the trackpad on the Bold line. Early builds show they can be deactivated on 6.1.

thealexweb said,

And that's the problem, the vast majority of BlackBerries are the 8520.


Why is that a problem? The ones who go for the low-end smartphones are to expect fewer updates. That applies to any platform. The 8250 was originally designed to run 4.5, expecting anything that old to run a new OS is asking a bit much. Do you post the same thing in other smartphone articles?

OS 6 doesn't really add anything brilliant anyway. I'm in no rush to put it on my 9700.

I'm still waiting on my carrier (WIND Mobile) to release an official version for my Curve 3G 9300. My friend's carrier (Mobilicity) has already released it for the Bold 9700 and Curve 3G 9300.

You can use your friends version with no issues if you remove the vendor files from the install package.

Is there ever a point waiting for the official release? I've been using leaked version on my 9700 ever since it was leaked and haven't experienced any problems.

BlackBerry OS has an untold fragmentation problem, with the exception of of one bold all my friends who have a blackberry have the 8520 which is still on 4.x

thealexweb said,
BlackBerry OS has an untold fragmentation problem, with the exception of of one bold all my friends who have a blackberry have the 8520 which is still on 4.x

dont see why they are still on 4.x my 8520 is on 5.x

Fubar said,

dont see why they are still on 4.x my 8520 is on 5.x

Maybe networks haven't passed it on, what means to BlackBerries use to update?

thealexweb said,

Maybe networks haven't passed it on, what means to BlackBerries use to update?


I do it via the desktop program that you get from their site

thealexweb said,
BlackBerry OS has an untold fragmentation problem, with the exception of of one bold all my friends who have a blackberry have the 8520 which is still on 4.x

Probably their network/carrier has not officially released OS 5, this is no problem though as you can take it from a different one. All carrier OS's for blackberry are identical, the carrier apps and stuff are downloaded when the device is turned on. The latest for 8520 is OS 5.0.0.1036. One carrier to release this is Vodafone.

To update a device no matter which network just first download and install BlackBerry Desktop Manager, then download and install the OS loader: http://support.vodafone.de/pub...PL5.2.0.104_A5.0.0.1036.exe

After installation go back into Desktop Manager, connect the device and you should then be prompted for the update

Fubar said,

I do it via the desktop program that you get from their site

Ahh that may be another factor why none of them have it, huge chunks of teenagers these days rarely turn on their computers.