Leaked: OS for the Bold and Curve 8900!

By Kevin Michaluk on 11 Jun 2009 07:54 am EDT
BlackBerry OS for the BlackBerry Bold and Curve 8900

Wanting to give OS 5.0 for the BlackBerry Bold or Curve 8900 another go? The last we posted in the blogs on OS 5.0 it was version that was available, but now has popped up in the wild for these same devices. CrackBerry junkies may want to give this newer version a download and install (download for Bold; for Curve 8900, but keep in mind that many of your existing apps may not yet work properly with this newer OS (BlackBerry JDE 5.0 is now available to developers, so the apps should catch up with the OS quick). 

I should also point out here that I set up a new blog post category for "BlackBerry OS" so you can always/easily find the list of recent unofficial OSs that have been blogged about.

*OS Disclaimer - Please Read: Keep in mind this is NOT an official release and as such is not supported by RIM or your Carrier. If you choose to install, do so at your own risk and only if you're comfortable in the process of upgrading and downgrading your device software. It is quite normal during operating system development for certain features to be crippled or disabled while others are tested, and these beta builds often reflect that. They are not always better. Depending on your BlackBerry comfort level, it may be best for you to wait for community feedback on a build before deciding to download and install for yourself or simply wait for the next official release. If you require support, you will find it in our CrackBerry forums via our extremely knowledgeable community base - do not contact your carrier or RIM for Beta OS technical support (their first course of action will be to advise you to downgrade to a supported OS). Follow the links below for more information and instructions.

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Leaked: OS for the Bold and Curve 8900!


Considering that these are "leaks", they aren't going to come out with any scheduled regularity. We kinda just have to take what we can get.

.148 for the Storm just released officially so there really isn't anyone to get mad at...yet.

Seeing that the Storm has been getting transitional animations and a little more snappy, I'd say that they are probably holding onto the later builds a little tighter than they were before.

A comprehensive update is worth the wait. Give them a little more time to perfect it.

(But yes, a leak would be very nice)

rim doesn't care about the storm, thats why they are releasing the storm 2. they just forget about the first failure.

I've been waiting to upgrade from .93 on both my 8900 and 9000. Got to say that .93 is a little less buggier on the 8900. Hopefully this upgrade will work with more apps and get rid of some of the lag on my Bold.

We are not getting any lovin'. Verizon issues a software already leaked, and we have not gotten anything new for weeks. I am sad :(

I'm so tired of hearing people complain. over the last 3 weeks, all i've seen are updates for the Storm and nothing for the bold so what do you guys want now? Be patient, obviously they're still working on updates all the time.

So frustrating...

Already download it but haven't installed it yet. Because i don't want to take the time to downgrade if it doesn't work with my apps. I will give it a shot on the Bold and see if it works then put it on the 8900.

Which apps exactly don't work with this version? I would not want to lose the browser for sure.

It would be nice to have Facebook 1.6 working with this version, but I somehow doubt that. Can anyone confirm? Please let us know if any other basic or popular apps aren't working as well.


You could use the language files from
If you look at the BlackBerry.alx you see that the following files are required for the German language (just search for __de):
Copy these files from the Java folder of the installation to the Java folder.
Afterwards the loader.exe will offer the German language support which was missing before.

does msn, and all the apps from blackberry app world work??

FB 1.6 doesn´t seem to work, can´t even download it with the hotspot browser. page says device is not compatible. other experiences?

If you want to know what apps work and what apps don't then you should download yourself and upgrade to find out.

im not going to waste my time upgrading, when things arent going to work. There are people that upgrade anyways, and take the chance. Id like to know from THEM, what apps work or not. Thank you for your comment! :)

Right, instead you can just HOPE that the person who is posting what apps work and do not just happens to have all of the same apps as you. It shouldn't take you more than an hour to upgrade/downgrade if you have to. If you don't have that little of time to take out of your life, then I don't envy your schedule.

Any new updates as to if MSN works? Facebook 1.5 or 1.6 preferably? I have downloaded the file but I am still unsure if it is worth it. Please update us all someone who has installed the update and what they have experienced. Thank you.

Downloading now. I am not sure if I will take the plunge until reading some feedback from braver individuals. The first thing I notice though is the file size is much smaller than previous OS files.

Chill out. Maybe there hasn't been a 5.0 leak because there's a specific version that's made for our phones... and not just a touch compatible version of these. I know that's big talk (especially when we're talking about RIM and VZW) but anything's possible at this point.

Is there a facebook .alx and .cod out there.
that we can download to PC and install via App Loader?
Can someone pull that out?
Im not certain on how to do that.

I just recently purchased my Bold (about 3 weeks ago...and love it), but i wanted to know if there was a place i can go to make sure i have the latest and greatest OS....any help?

did anyone get a chance to get it and try it out? how is it and is there any other location for download?

Hi working pretty nice all google apps, msn, yahoo, aol everything working just perfect but not FB 1.6.... gotta downgrade cant live without fb

This file is suspected to contain illegal content and has been blocked. After the file has been blocked for 7 days it will automatically be deleted, if the block is not removed by RapidShare. For this reason, a download of this file is currently not possible.

I know it seems silly for me to not upgrade, just because Facebook doesn't work with it, but really, I have a lot of peeps on Facebook now, and I want them to be able to reach me. I have relatives from England and friends from India and Australia, and they all use Facebook to communicate.

So even though Facebook started out for teenagers, my wife and I use it a lot (we're in our 40's). She gets in touch with old college and high school chums. I heard the reason Facebook doesn't work is because it uses special API's and that compatibility is broken with 5.0, and RIM will probably write a special 5.0+ version in the future.

Honestly, we shouldn't even have the 5.0 version yet, anyway, but we are spoiled with versions. Spoiled, I tell you!

Nice try, but Viigo and Tetherberry doesn't work. Overall, it is not very stable, as you go through apps, it is shakes. BB turns faster, and there is some new icons, like weather app, radio etc., but nothing that would catch the eye. Gave error during install - Blackberry Messenger not installed, but turned on and looks like it worked after all.

You can play around with it, but for day to day operations it is not ready. Rolled back to official AT&T ver.

Ok installed fine and after reactivating all of my applications most seem to work fine:

Vision for Youtube
iBee Farting
Robot Scheduler
Berry Popup
Google maps

Not working
Viigo Alpha (v3.1)reinstalled 3.0.892 works fine
Facebook (shows installed but no icon for it)

So I had a morning to kill...going back to

the download file has been removed by rapidshare. Where can we get the file ? can someone repost the file under different name and post it on Megaupload please.

Has anyone upgraded that uses Enterprise Messgener for Office Communications Server 2007? I upgraded and most everything seems to work, Enterprise Messenger says its installed, but the icon is nowhere to be found. I even uninstalled it and re-pushed it from the BES successfully, but the icon is still mising.. Any ideas?

I had my OS upgraded to 5.0 and it seems to work fine, except Facebook and Viigo that doesn't!

Overall, the boot time seemed to have gone up, but the profile settings, etc have changed to what it looks like on the storm.
If anyone has found a workaround to get the FB working, please do share em.
May the force be with you...

Well I broke and had to try it, but alas, my Bold in Australia still wont connect to the BB Internet like the on the last leak, and as already widely reported, no FB.

I don't know for some reason I can't even get it to install ... says there is an error while trying to install ... OH WELL :(

ok this is the list of apps that are working for me:

Works fine:
BerryTorch 1.0
Bolt 1.04
BuzzMe 0.0.34
CaptureIt 1.4
eReader 1.0.27
Gmail 2.0.6
FlyCast 1.34
Google Maps 3.0.2
Google Mobile App 3.3.38
Qik 0.1.15
UberTwitter 0.78
VNC + 1.3.4

Does not work:
AOL IM 2.1.45
Yahoo! Messenger 2.1.45
Viigo 3.1.330