For blackberry fans and lovers, it seems the year 2012 is about to get better as Research in Motion have really set things in motion by showcasing their new operating system at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The devices that are capable of running the 7.1 OS are Blackberry Bold 9900/9930, Blackberry Torch 9850/9860 /9810 and Curve 9360/9350/9370.
The OS has great features and it is a good way to revive the interest we have in RIM. The Canadian company also released an OS update for the blackberry playbook which is the 2.0. Their features are as follows:
1. Mobile Hotspot
Mobile Hotspot which can be equally called a mobile Wi-Fi, which can be described as the art of creating a wireless network with a mobile device. The 7.1 update comes with this interesting feature. Imagine yourself in an airport or a place where you can’t have internet access through a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can easily turn on your blackberry Smartphone and create a hotspot under the “manage connections” menu. You can also share this between 5 Wi-Fi devices at the same time. We believe this is a good step as they prepare to compete with other operating systems like Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.
2. Blackberry Tag
This feature enables effortless ‘tap to share” exchanges of multimedia content and contact information between friends. Users can share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content by simply tapping heir blackberry Smartphone together. Blackberry Tag will also enable friends to instantly add one another as contacts on Blackberry messenger. This feature takes advantage of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology included recently in the recently launched in the Blackberry Bold 9900/9930 and Blackberry Curve 9350/9360/9370 Smartphone, and they will be the first Smartphone that will support Blackberry Tag.
3. Wi-Fi Calling
This feature will no doubt be a great step which could enable calls just with connecting to a wireless network. A leaved version of the ROM before now actually shows that calls can be made to any mobile network via any wireless connection with internet connection. Just maybe there could be a Skype capability to this feature. We love Skype, don’t we?
4. FM Radio
Great! That is what comes to my mind when I think about this feature. This is a big step actually to making your blackberry more personal than it already is. The FM circuitry is already built into the Curve 9360 Smartphone. The feature will make use of an app included in the OS to allow users to check out their favorite FM channels and the service will not require a data plan or data services.
The devices that are capable with the 7.1 OS have certain hardware additions and experience, which are:
- Liquid Graphics Technology: With smoother and fluid graphics, there is a faster and more responsive Blackberry experience. Thanks to a powerful graphics processor and blazing-fast CPU, Liquid graphics delivers instant responsive times, smoother rendering and fluid animations combined with stunning graphical display. The new Curve series does not possess this feature.
- Voice- activated universal search, which can be used to search for files, emails, contacts, music and more- all without typing a thing. It will search everything on your blackberry and even search the web. There is also an auto suggest feature which makes you find what you are searching for, even when you don’t know you want it. It filters local search results and suggested BING web search with each key stroke.
- Also, you can enjoy pre-installed apps and series like blackberry protect, blackberry balance, documents to go, social feeds, music storefront and Blackberry Messenger.
Also unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0 which finally adds native email, contacts and calendar applications. The email app offer an array of text formatting options, allowing you to bold, italicize, create bullet points, as well as change your font type, colour and size. The calendar app is said to be standard, but there is good news heard about the cross-app integration. The calendar also syncs with popular services by Google, AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail and Microsoft Exchange.
The latest revision home screen allows you to group applications into folders or place your most used applications on a dock. There is also a “reading view” mode in the browser, a feature mostly associated with Apple’s desktop and mobile safari browsers, as well as an improved version of Blackberry Bridge, which has a remote control function that allows you to type, navigate and perform gestures on a Playbook using a Blackberry Smartphone.
There is also a rumour about the Playbook running android apps. The developer preview released actually confirms this as the playbook has to be registered before an online loading of the 2.0 OS.
The new update has already started with a push to carry it out over the next few weeks. So if you have any of the devices capable of the update, get it upgraded!