Leaked: OS For The BlackBerry Storm2 9550

By Bla1ze on 3 Nov 2010 11:23 am EDT
BlackBerry Storm 2 9550

Yesterday, we saw the onslaught of BlackBerry 6 leaks for devices capable of running it. Today, one device which will not be getting BlackBerry 6 at least has a brand new OS 5 leak. BlackBerry Storm 2 9550 owners, feel free to grab what has got to be the highest OS version number I have ever seen thus far. Remember, not an official OS as of yet so be sure to back your data up.

*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). *

Source: BBLeaks

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Leaked: OS For The BlackBerry Storm2 9550


I don't think there was ever a release with no issues. even if they do fix an issue there are many waiting to take it's place.

The only fix that really seemed to help my Storm was to buy a Droid Incredible. It's been fantastic ever since. Thanks RIM!

Now you have a faster processor, more memory, faster browser, but a whole new set of O/S problems; they're always updating for flaws too!

is the worst BB phone!!

btw. if you have 9530, and pay the extra insurance via Verizon, you can (if its broken) get a replacement 9550 phone instead of the 9530. as Verizon no longer supports 9530s.

My cuz has something wrong with her phone, and called in to get it replaced; they shipped her a 9550 phone.

she got a new phone, and no 2 year renewal. thats awesome!!

I traded in my super glitchy/broken 9530 for a brand new 9550 a week ago.

It's slow if you want to compare it to other brands, but... forget that for a second. The 9550's screen is much more responsive and the device is faster than the 9530. Seriously, get rid of the 9530. That phone was a JOKE! I can't believe I almost made it a full 2 years (would've been next month) with that thing.

Here's hoping that the stuff that is broken in is fixed without the re-introduction of the "robot voice" issue. I seriously can't believe that any carrier picked up .983 as a release, it is functional but has the build quality of the early 4.7.x releases for the 9530.

I have no problem updating but I still wish we had 6 on our 9550's though. C'mon RIM get us our OS6 since you canceled our 2.5 and won't confirm a 3rd Storm is in the works. :(

I don`t really install leaked Os.. but I`m glad they kept upgrading and waiting for an official build :D

Installing now.........never installed a leaked before, but everything is backed up so I reckon this will be interesting.

Installing now.........never installed a leaked before, but everything is backed up so I reckon this will be interesting.

Everything loaded and booted in under a half hour, but it still feels the same. Going through photos, videos and yes the browser are all still the same as before. I have noticed the boot progress bar is thinner. If I do come across anything else I'll post under this comment.

The last leaked OS had the ability to send text msgs with more than 160 characters...gets broken into multiple messages. Is that function in this version?

160+ characters is a carrier specific issue. Im on Telus in Canada and they only allow 140. Even with .895 where so many others said they had up to 6 pages of 160 chars each, I still only had 140. found out later carriers control the limit of SMS. maybe if verizon(or whoever you are on) releases an official of this it might have the 160+ for you.

If anyone has any suggestions for me to tinker around with I would be more than glad to answer anyone's questions. I highly suggest to not hold your breath. Just looking at the version number I highly doubt there are any significant upgrades to this OS.

1. Boot progress bar is thin and not as rounded at the ends. Boot time appears to have picked up a bit, but I could be wrong.

2. When hovering on any selection within the home screen (not the application screen)the icons, txt, or lettering tend to give off a quick shimmer or glow prior to remaining a solid blue. Previously hovering would just go straight to a solid blue luminescence.

3. I've had two app issues; one of which was annoying and the other a slight inconvenience. My dictionary.com app will just go fugly a bit and not hide the keyboard on demand. Scrolling through a definition is definitly not happening for whatever reason. I can't recall if there was a landscape mode for it, but there sure isn't under this OS.

My Twitter for BB app will not show a notification at the top of the display (you know the mini icon indicator). I actually had to scroll through my apps to see what had the red asterisk symbol above to find out what app had a new message or the like. That I found to be quite and inconvenience and just not cool.

Rest assured that the text, BBM, and mail icons do display at the top successfully.

4. This may be just a "it's me" thing, but I find scrolling through apps as well as entering and exiting apps or menus transitioning more smooth. Maybe I'm looking for things that are not really there, but I actually find the experience quite enjoyable when going in and out of stuff.

Well thats all I've noticed so far, but I will throw anything of significance up here if I come across anything else. Would love to hear what other's experiences are. I'm considering of going back to my previous release though if the notification issue with twitter cant get resolved. I reckon I'll try to reinstall it at least to see if that remedies the issue.

I made the dreadful mistake of loading 895, but then wasn't quite dumb enough for 983, so I skipped that one. I hope this one actually works correctly (or at least as good or better than, say, 517), because I don't want to fart around with another OS disaster. I'm downloading, but not installing until I find out what works and what doesn't! Go RIM....lol!

983 has been best OS so far. Fixed the robot noise faster load time better response. Last leaked os crashed my phone luckily new DM fixes that unlike the old DM.

I mean come on this is the only BB OS that ends in 4 digits...why us how come we can't have OS6 already ...and possibly some storm3 news plz

Been running this OS for a day.
Looks like a really great OS. its going to be a solid base for hybrid builders. No media issue, or robotic voices.

I would say the browser is a lil slow.
But once a hybrid comes out, its going to be a is really great version.

I reccomend Mark.Hayes hybrids. Hopfully he come out with one soon.

No Robot Voice (infact clearer calls all around), New UI for bbm chats? I think so. my app memory is up from a regular 82.3mb to 98.5mb! By far the best I have used...

Only complaint is that the crunchSMS option is not in contacts anymore but still works from app.


I thought it may have been just me, but I saw a significant jump in app memory. I've been having some convenience issues myself with certain apps, but I found through re-installation my app issues were resolved.

It appears that BBM and App World are easier to select;selection areas are easier to press due to wider birth. I reckon you're spot on with your findings.


Thank god - it just hit me now that there are no more status updates in BBM. Personally they were sooo annoying.

Im using an unlocked Storm2 on Tmobile and I did get a memory boost and my web browser is much faster. I havent noticed anything else yet.

I'll wait until the official version comes out - I like the concept of the new platform a lot though. Keeps getting cleaner and cleaner :D