BlackBerry OS 5.0 Screenshots Emerge!

By Kevin Michaluk on 19 Sep 2008 10:25 am EDT
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OS 5.0

We haven't seen anything posted by our pal Jibi in a while, but he's now back and blogging for BGR and his first story is a good one for the hardcore CrackBerrys out there.... screenshots of OS 5.0!

It's funny and it hurts a little, knowing that we're still waiting for the official rollout of OS4.5 in the USA. What's new in OS 5.0? Not all that much really at this point in time. It looks like OS 5.0 will deliver the cool things that are in OS 4.6, like the new clock app and accessibility/reverse contrast menu, to the existing current generation of devices like the Curve 83xx and Pearl 81xx. As Jibi says, this is an early version of 5.0, so we can hope some more good stuff will make its way in to 5.0 before its eventual release.

BIG props to RIM though for their ongoing commitment to devices that have already been sold and on the market for a while. You can't go wrong investing in a BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry OS 5.0 Screenshots Emerge!

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One of the biggest gripes I've always had about Palm-based PDAs (and I've had a few) is that Palm basically never allows you to upgrade your device to the next OS. Whatever is on the device when it launches is pretty much what you're stuck with (except for minor revisions to fix bugs and such). I know that's Palm's business model for getting people to buy new products, but what they don't seem to understand is that I will still be compelled to buy the next best thing (for example, a new blackberry) even if I am able to upgrade my OS on the older device. In fact, I would be more likely to stick with such a platform because it shows the company's willingness to support their products long-term. Kudos to RIM for understanding this nuance of establishing customer loyalty.

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Has anyone confirmed 81xx support, or are we praying since it has 83xx support?

Off topic:

Palm released support for SDHC, for $21! HA. I like my free upgrades. :)

Will this OS accomodate the 8830 WE? Curcial mentions it's for all 8xxx series BBs, but I only saw it mentioned for the Curve and Pearl on the posting.

I have been a BB fan for a while now and you know.. RIM needs to PULL THEIR HEAD OUT!!! There are some really great phones coming out soon and although RIM has a lot of them beat on function, their interface needs a SERIOUS overhaul. Not just 4.6+ that in reality is just cool theme, but a real overhaul!!!
I was holding out to see if just maybe, they could come out with something great... doesnt look like it! VERY disappointing!!

I downloaded this update, when it was installed it was great the features like the new message look are a great advantage to the upgrade but after it was installed my camera failed everytime I tried to use it I waould get a brief error and the Blackberry storm would reboot. After repeted battery pulls and troubleshooting I narrowed it down to the upgrade, so i proceeded to downgrade to 4.7 and low and behold the camera worked, so if you dont mind not having a camera its a pretty good upgrade. Not good enough for me though.