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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.656 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

Leaked: OS 5.0.0.656 For The BlackBerry Bold 9700
By Bla1ze on 5 May 2010 12:50 pm EDT
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Alright, BlackBerry 9700 owners. It's your turn, here is the leaked OS 5.0.0.656 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700. As it was posted in the CrackBerry forums earlier today, you can check that thread out and share your thoughts on it. As always be sure to back up your data before you load this release up folks.

*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). *

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Leaked: OS 5.0.0.656 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

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I knew this would happen while I was away on holidays. What a nightmare. Wonder what the main changes are in this OS?

As much as I wanna try this leak but May 11th is coming and im pretty such that this leak might be the Offical on May 11th for T-Mobile so i'ma wait and see

So,

Expert feedback....waiting....
Anything new....
Or just incremental build recompiled with minor change.

Since you are one of the first to install, mind if I ask you a couple of questions to help us all out?
1- Restart time, is it under 5 mins or still hovering around 10 mins?
2- Apps you are running normally and what's not working if any.
3- Pictures, do they load quickly or is there a noticeable lag?
4- Any unusual restarts?
5- Down the road, how about dropped calls? I've been nagged a lot the past few weeks from that problem..

Any/all answers would be very helpful. Enjoy your new OS pal.

1) restart still only about 2min... same as when i had .593
2) berryweather, meterberry, FB, UT, google maps, flixster, google voice, bloomberg... that's about it... nothing much
3)seem to load fine... maybe a bit faster
4) zero restarts so far (never had much with .593 either... this 9700 is solid)
5) no idea yet obviously... but i've never had an issue with .593 so i'm not expecting any with this... i have excellent 3G in my area and UMA works flawlessly for me...

rapidshare acount sharing to forum crackberry
username: ricotjioe29
paswaord: myworld

for 1 day only. tomorow i want change pasword

tq

only running since this morning, had .593 before this, but this one is very problematic thus far.

already had to reboot (which takes tediously long) 3 times from freeze-ups.

don't have time to rollback now, but if you're on .593, I suggest staying. haven't noticed any monumental changes and certainly buggy.

no freezes or battery pulls yet here... not noticing any bugs thus far, except a bit of contact sync issues that I'm not even sure are related to the update... i think from the apploader backup process things got screwed in my contacts, and it's fairly minor... only a couple of 'em...

Flashed it, and using it now for a few hours but it's feels faster than .593
But not much of a big different, it's a keeper for me.
Unless the battery drains faster, but think it's draining the same as .593

1. As stated in this thread already, the release by TMO on May 11th, is .586.

2. The 9700 will not be receiving a full version of OS6 because it doesn't have the RAM for it. 512 needed and 9700 only has 256. Rumors of a version of OS6 without some key features may be possible for 9700.

3. Don't expect to see OS6 until late in the year. I wouldn't even start thinking about official versions from carriers until October/November, if not later.

Where did you get this information seeing as OS 6 was demonstrated on a 9700? I have not seen ANY hard numbers for hardware requirements; just speculation.

Everything running faster
foursquare good
facebook good
weatherbug good
socialscope good
poynt good
wifi good
slacker radio good
Vlingo good

Enjoy everyone Cyndi

has anyone figured out how to fix the twitter app. and also when u place a call is the "my number" 555-555-5555 is it complete of chopped off?

yea i am not updating it then i hate that problem it happened before with some other builds its annoying. what else did u find?

The T-Mobile My Account app does not work with this build.

However, Shazam does work on this build.

Could not locate the Blackberry App world icon after installing the OS, even though the app showed up in the "Add-On" application list. Had to download again to get the icon to appear.

Font size of 3G/EDGE/UMA is now the same on the home screen and app screen.

Have ~15-20MB more application space on this build!! Had 132MB free after install before loading apps.

Scrolling through my pictures folder freezes the phone for a couple seconds after almost every swipe of the trackpad. Takes a lot longer for the thumbnail images to render on screen than the previous build I used. Scrolling through the pictures folder on build .586 was flawless. This version behaves like most of the early 5.0 builds - when it comes to viewing your pictures.

That's all I have to report for now.

T-Mobile My Account works just fine with .656 for me... no issues

I'm noticing scrolling through pics is fast... noticeably faster than on .593 (which wasn't bad in itself)...

Odd how there are such a wide range of impressions with this leak... I have yet to find a single problem... yet some others have nothing but problems...

Could this possibly be the TMO OS update that's suppose to occur this Tuesday? :-/
either way does anyone notice any changes?

The official release by T-Mobile for the 9700 on May 11th is gonna be the .586 build.

Ever since the 5.0.0.586 update, the AOL and Yahoo! email icons are no longer available, just the boring white mail icon with the globe at the bottom.

Twitter cannot load after login.. stuck!!
Better not upgrade to this version if you using Native Twitter

Logged in straight away?
Some people are posting that the app was not working in general at the time so maybe it was just co-incidental bad timing?

everything works perfectly, i se uber twitter and BB twitter both are fine all apps load up and work greaet the one thing i did notice is my GPS works better with poynt and other apps

I get an uncaught exception error with net_rim_bb_phone_app(52) at boot up. The Twitter will not login as others have noted. All my other apps seem to be ok so far. I have lots so I won't post them all. At this point I'm pretty sure I'm going back to .593 shortly going to try a few battery pulls first.

Just a side note. Why do people even bother posting a comment telling us they are downloading the OS. Just in case you are confused silly people, nobody cares!! You don't win a prize for the fastest download. We only need to know the good or bad about the OS. It's so annoying.

I installed yesterday and have not had any issues so far. I have noticed that movement on the phone has speed up. I have not noticed the lags of .593 either. I will keeping it for a while :)

Ladies and gents there is a solution for twitter from ya boi presean from France, so listen: if you have some problems with logging, you must unstall your twitter app then install the leak version here http://ota.bbtweeps.com/ the old leaked then upgrade.

I'm not having any problems with my apps, they're all working well. But I can't seem to connect to 3G. I can connect to 2G just fine .. But not 3G. Anyone going through the same problem?

I'm still having issues with the Media Player.
I have to stop playing a song before I unplug my headphones or the app freezes. It did the same on .593. This sucks!

I have done OS updates to my BB Bold 9700 before with no problems. This latest update, OS 5.0.0656, won't install onto my bold 9700. I have no idea what I did wrong. Can anyone help.

I am with T-Mobile, and the upgrade process went relatively smooth with the exception of duplicate entries being created in my Calendar afterwards. I had to go through and change the duration of some All Day events to "0 Days". I am not sure what I could have done prior to prevent this. Any suggestions?

There are two noticeable improvements that I have seen so far since upgrading this morning.

First, I have noticed an improvement in speakerphone volume. Prior to this upgrade, speakerphone volume when listening to messages through Visual Voice Mail has been low even on the loudest setting. I can now clearly hear the voice mail messages via speakerphone while I sit in my living room with the television on, whereas before I had to hold the phone up to my ear to hear messages with the speakerphone activated. The same holds true with audio in video playback in the Media Player.

Second, picture thumbnails are appearing lightning fast in the Media section, whereas there was a noticeable lag before.

So, I'm happy that these two issues have been fixed. What other improvements have you all seen? Are upgrade features ever listed with these unofficial releases?

I got the duplicate calendar entries (typical for me it seems when doing an OS update) and all I do is a battery pull and things return to normal.

I also installed Facebook and it works fine.

I have a bb 9700 on the Telus network. First thing I noticed after I upgraded from my last update is ubertwitter can not connect on the 3g network. What I mean by that is I'm getting all the notifications on tweets and stuff normally... but if I try to open web link from the uber app. I get this message " this is a WI-FI service.please ensure your device has an active Wi-Fi connection and try again." I have full 3g connection and my setting for uber is set the right way for auto detection. I did battery pull and its not working (only when trying open weblink to a tweet).
all other applications works perfectly and smoother.
-poynt
-dictionary.com
-navita translator
-food network
-backgrounds
-scoremobile
-ebay
-cibc
-youtube
-ing direct

I noticed a increase in the battery life...and I can quote that I am a heavy user. I'm not sure about this one... could be just me... but when on a call... I put the sound volume at max to heard properly... any body notice a difference? Speaking phone is clearer.
If anybody notice the uber problem... let me know if there's a fix for it... it's kinda annoying..
Great leak OS as I'm also getting less drop calls(First I thought it was the network)

Thanks

You have your default browser set to "Hotspot Browser" which connects to the Internet via WiFi.

Go to Browser Options>General Properties>Default Browser>Internet Browser

It should work after that.

A bug I am experiencing on Rogers Wireless running this OS is whenever I delete a new voicemail, I get a sms notification alert. I understand that Rogers must send a sms to the handset to deactivate the voicemail waiting indicator but I have never actually received a sms alert for which there is nothing in the sms inbox.

Everything else works fine, haven't had any drop calls since I updated this morning. Though I'm on T-Mobile and the 3G is running around 700kbps when I ran the test on http://i.dslr.net/tinyspeedtest.html. Small minor problem with Facebook, the app sometimes freezes from scrolling, I have to hit back and then re enter the page I was looking at in order to scroll up and down. The second problem is the lock button, it works, but it puts the phone in stand by and isn't utilizing the lock function it is suppose to. The Standby/Mute button doesn't do anything from the home screen, it actually mutes during a call though so that works as it should. Anyone else experiencing this? I may update to Turkcell's official release. But I read something about deleting a vendor.xml file? Can someone tell me where this is located?

After I download the .EXE file and run it, It does not show up on my blackberry desktop manager list as new OS's to update.

what am I doing wrong??

I get this msg that says "REQUEST ENTITY TOO LARGE", does this mean I don't have enough memory on my brand new white 9700?? i did the device switch on Desktop Manager. how do i free up more room? I never transfered my old apps over.