Exclusive: BlackBerry OS 4.3.1 Brings A2DP Stereo Bluetooth Support to BlackBerry Pearl 8100!!

A2DP on BlackBerry Pearl 8100 A2DP on BlackBerry Pearl 8100

At the beginning of the month I published hands on proof that the soon to be released BlackBerry OS 4.3.1 would enable video recording on the Curve. In all the excitement surrounding that huge news, I neglected to notice a MAJOR improvement that OS 4.3.1 brought to my BlackBerry Pearl 8100 - A2DP Stereo Bluetooth Support!!!

Prior to OS 4.3.1, stereo bluetooth devices (like Motorola S9s or BluAnt Sonic Portable Speakers) would not work with my Pearl 8100. Installed the beta of OS 4.3.1 and Voila...they work!!!! 

Going the detective route and opening net_rim_bluetooth.cod in Notepad, a search for A2DP yields all sorts of listings, most notably the use of the net.rim.bluetooth.a2dp code library in the module.  The OS 4.2.1 version does not list this (it only has one listing for 'a2dp'), although it is found in all versions of OS for the 8300 series.  Further evidence to prove what my ears are already telling me! 

By Kevin Michaluk on 29 Nov 2007 01:39 pm EST
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A2DP on BlackBerry Pearl 8100A2DP on BlackBerry Pearl 8100

At the beginning of the month I published hands on proof that the soon to be released BlackBerry OS 4.3.1 would enable video recording on the Curve. In all the excitement surrounding that huge news, I neglected to notice a MAJOR improvement that OS 4.3.1 brought to my BlackBerry Pearl 8100 - A2DP Stereo Bluetooth Support!!!

Prior to OS 4.3.1, stereo bluetooth devices (like Motorola S9s or BluAnt Sonic Portable Speakers) would not work with my Pearl 8100. Installed the beta of OS 4.3.1 and Voila...they work!!!! 

Going the detective route and opening net_rim_bluetooth.cod in Notepad, a search for A2DP yields all sorts of listings, most notably the use of the net.rim.bluetooth.a2dp code library in the module.  The OS 4.2.1 version does not list this (it only has one listing for 'a2dp'), although it is found in all versions of OS for the 8300 series.  Further evidence to prove what my ears are already telling me! 

The newest BlackBerrys to hit the market have A2DP support - the BlackBerry Curves (8300, 8310, 8320) and the Pearl "2"s (8120, 8130) are all good to go for listening to streaming audio over bluetooth stereo accessories. But older BlackBerrys, like the Pearl 8100 and BlackBerry 8800 lack that support. It seems with OS 4.3.1 that will no longer be the case. I think it is fairly safe to say that all BlackBerrys with media card expansion slots will support A2DP once OS 4.3.1 is installed.

HUGE Kudos to RIM for its ongoing commitment their devices! The only question now is when are we going to see the OS 4.3.1 update get released? December is almost here... and OS 4.3.1 sure would be the perfect present for sooo many of us BlackBerry Addicts!

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this is taking so long to come out that I even bought a flip ultra... any news on resolution and fps on the fine video quality for the curve?

Kevin....you are the man!!!1 i don't know where you are finding all of this info but keep it coming!!! i am hoping that the next info you have for us will be a release date on os 4.3!!!!

I'm seriously looking forward to the new os release. I don't bother using my pearl for audio. I downloaded flipside and it's pretty awesome for playing audio, but it's a pain in the butt having wires. I'll be looking to see what the most recommended stereo bluetooth headset is once the release comes out. It would be a good Christmas present indeed.

I think it's likely that all devices that get the OS 4.3.1 update and have a media card slot will get A2DP support. So that would include the 8830.

Where I'm less certain/optimistic would be the 8700s. 8700s will get the 4.3.1 update, but I doubt the 8700 version would get the A2DP support. With no expandable memory, there's not much point to having it.

How can you have this OS in test??? .. I don't send you the BBCar if you don't replay me! .. good stuff Kevin, thank!

My 8300 does not play the audio from the video player...just from the speaker on the handset...will this upgrade fix that you think?

I believe that os 4.3.1 is not real. With lots of research everyone's information seems to lead back here. I would need at least an expected release date a link or something.

The RIM site has an OS 4.3 download available. Is this the one that supports A2DP, or do I need to wait for a 4.3.1? Also, is it safe to upload this on my T-mobile blackberry or do I need to wait for T-mobile to release it?

Hi, So we are the 12th Jan 2008. I couldn't find any OS 4.3 anywhere. Could we have an update on this one ? Is that really going to be released some day soon ?

It's in pretty wide-spread use...at CES every RIM spokesperson was running 4.3.1 on their Curves, etc.... My guess is RIM is just finalizing it to make sure it's all good. but it's definitely taking way too long. hopefully soon is the only update i have!

So last night I went out and bouth a new car stereo (bluetooth), a mounting bracket and wire converters to make it all work in my car. Got it all ready last night and installed it this morning.... to discover that my pearl didn't actually support the streaming audio. The whole purpose of getting the new stereo was for that alone. =( I definitely hope it's soon.

I spoke with he folks at RIM at CES as well. They claimed that T-Mobile had a 4.2.2 release for the pearl that supported a2dp. However he lied as I do not think it released to the public yet. He even said it was on the RIM site, again another lie. Maybe something pre-planned so they had a answer for update seekers like myself.....

Earlier today I posted a note on the 8120 forum lamenting my dissatisfaction with the performance of the stereo bluetooth on my new pearl2. In a word, it sucks.

it cuts in and out all the time --even when I disconnect all network connections! Oh, and it's not the battery in the S9 going low either.

I captured the error log (Alt-LGLG) right after a sequence of pauses today and here it is: DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHY THIS IS HAPPENING????? Look for the "wait" messages below:

a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:43
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:43
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:43
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:43
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:42
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:42
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:42
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:42
a net.rim.bluetooth.a2dp - SU00 - 4/18 18:30:42
a net.rim.bluetooth.a2dp - SS02 - 4/18 18:30:41
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:37
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:37
a net.rim.bluetooth.a2dp - WAIT - 4/18 18:30:36
i net.rim.link - Wait-idle - 4/18 18:30:35
i net.rim.link - Actn-lost - 4/18 18:30:35
i net.rim.link - Evnt-lost - 4/18 18:30:35
i net.rim.scan - Wait-idle - 4/18 18:30:35
a net.rim.link - NKSt - 4/18 18:30:35
a net.rim.scan - NKLt - 4/18 18:30:35
W net.rim.scan - CRAf - 4/18 18:30:35
i net.rim.scan - Actn-user actvty - 4/18 18:30:35
i net.rim.scan - Evnt-user actvty - 4/18 18:30:35
i net.rim.link - Wait-idle - 4/18 18:30:35
i net.rim.link - Actn-none - 4/18 18:30:35
i net.rim.link - Evnt-user - 4/18 18:30:35
a net.rim.bluetooth.a2dp - SA00 - 4/18 18:30:27
d ML - OPS,PLY,0,MP3 - 4/18 18:30:27
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:27
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:27
a net.rim.bluetooth.a2dp - WAIT - 4/18 18:30:25
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:18
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:18
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:18
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:18
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:18
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:18
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:18
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:18
a net.rim.bluetooth.a2dp - SA00 - 4/18 18:30:07
a net.rim.bluetooth - SPSS - 4/18 18:30:06
a net.rim.bluetooth.a2dp - ST02 - 4/18 18:30:06
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:30:06
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:30:06
a CC - Ret,1172029 - 4/18 18:30:03
a CC - GetNetworkFeatures - 4/18 18:30:03
a CC - Ret,0 - 4/18 18:30:03
a CC - GetIncoming - 4/18 18:30:03
a CC - Ret,0 - 4/18 18:30:03
a CC - GetHeld - 4/18 18:30:03
a CC - Ret,0 - 4/18 18:30:03
a CC - GetActiveCall - 4/18 18:30:03
a CC - Ret,false - 4/18 18:29:59
a CC - IsActive - 4/18 18:29:59

Thanks!
--Larry

Hi all... after upgrading my BB8100 OS to version 4.3, my MOTOROLOA S9 worked OK in stereo... but only music.. when I receive a call I can hear only from one side (the right one). Can someone tell me if I'm missing sth.-

THANKS!!!

Rgrds

I download the 4,3 bb device and desktop software as well wich is supposed to upgrade the device.
It is not the case !!.=> This version only offer you a new graphic interface and some others details .. BUT absolutly not the "4.3 .. device upgrade"