New Blackberry Update Details

Let's face it - the BlackBerry line isn't as cool as the iPhone and other multimedia phones. So it's good to know that Research in Motion (RIM) is working to improve the software in the competitive mobile phone market. PC Magazine has posted an article regarding the newest BlackBerry software update which wireless providers should be releasing shortly. The biggest new features are the ability to display HTML email, edit Microsoft Office documents and to stream media from places such as YouTube.

This version was originally known as 4.3.1 but will officially be called 4.5.

Here's the scoop by model number:

Note that an H designates a feature available on the handheld, and and S for the server.

If you have a BlackBerry Pearl 8100 or BlackBerry 8800, you'll get:

· Spell check (H)
· BlackBerry Maps with Points of Interest (H)
· Improved media player with playlist support and automatic playlist generation (H)
· Voice note recording (H)
· Streaming support for YouTube and Sling Player (H)
· Bluetooth stereo music (H)
· Microsoft Office document editing with DocumentsToGo (H)
· Native format attachment downloading (S)
· HTML e-mails (S)
· Over-the-air device upgrades (S)
· Free/busy calendar lookup (S)
· Searching the server for old e-mail messages (S)

If you have a BlackBerry Pearl 8130, you'll get:

· Automatic playlist generation in the media player (H)
· Microsoft Office document editing with DocumentsToGo (H)
· Native format attachment downloading (S)
· HTML e-mails (S)
· Over-the-air device upgrades (S)
· Free/busy calendar lookup (S)
· Searching the server for old e-mail messages (S)

If you have any BlackBerry Curve or the BlackBerry 8820 or 8830, you'll get:

· BlackBerry Maps with Points of Interest (H)
· Improved media player with playlist support and automatic playlist generation (H)
· Voice note recording (H)
· Video recording on Curve models (H)
· Streaming support for YouTube and Sling Player (H)
· Microsoft Office document editing with DocumentsToGo (H)
· Native format attachment downloading (S)
· HTML e-mails (S)
· Over-the-air device upgrades (S)
· Free/busy calendar lookup (S)
· Searching the server for old e-mail messages (S)

If you have a BlackBerry 8700 or 8703e, you'll get:

· Spell check (H)
· BlackBerry Maps with Points of Interest (H)
· New pictures and ringtones applications (H)
· Voice note recording (H)
· Microsoft Office document editing with DocumentsToGo (H)
· Native format attachment downloading (S)
· HTML e-mails (S)
· Over-the-air device upgrades (S)
· Free/busy calendar lookup (S)
· Searching the server for old e-mail messages (S)

If you have an older BlackBerry, maybe it's time to upgrade!

News source: PCMag.com

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