Leaked OS for the BlackBerry Bold 9700

By Michelle Haag on 16 Feb 2011 06:47 pm EST

Bold 9700 OS 6

Hey BlackBerry Bold 9700 users, looks like we have something for you tonight! OS has leaked for your device, so if you're into that sort of thing go ahead and give it a go. As always, back up your device data first please. We'd hate to see you lose anything. Let us know what you see that is new and improved, and hop on over to the forums to discuss it further! 

*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 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700


wish I knew how to back up my third party apps on a mac... gonna have to go to my bro's and use my old pc.

bold 9700 still the best performance and updates
and my 9100 stil waiting for an update like over a month now

yeah i know what you mean like when there is an update all the blackberry gets it cept for the pearl 9100... it seem so unfair

Just bought my brand new 9700 yesterday and gonna update to os6 today. Checking crackberry news and found this news. I'll will install this version today. Still waiting for an official.

From what I understand, the OS is not the issue, RIM is working on an update for BBM so that the cursor issue can be alleviated...

Why on Earth would you want os4 on a 9780? Unless you think it's memory footprint would be significantly smaller than os5 and os6. Thing is, not sure os4 could handle the hardware properly. Got to think of the functionality you would lose too - os5 was a big step up from os4.

I'm going out on a limb and saying the fact his post ended with the :p smiley face meant he was kidding around, while you took him seriously.

Both of you fools are wrong. He was saying that he wished there was a leak for the 9780. The "4" was meant to be read as "for"

I passed on my 9700 to my little sister when I got the torch about a month ago, so I think she is still running around with like 338.....gotta give her the update now. She still has the battery drop problem, but that was fixed in one of the .4xx leaks

I passed on my 9700 to my little sister when I got the torch about a month ago, so I think she is still running around with like 338.....gotta give her the update now. She still has the battery drop problem, but that was fixed in one of the .4xx leaks

Just finished updating. Everything on the surface seems to be in order, however, I can't log into any of my social networking apps (Facebook & Twitter) When I try to log in I get a message that says "You are currently on a service plan that does not support this application. If you want to use this application, please contact your service provider to upgrade your data plan." I'm on an At&t Bold 9700 and yeah I have a BIS package with att so this only serves to frustrate me. I guess i'll browse the forums for a while before I decide to downgrade.

I jumped the gun on that, all is well now. So far it's running smooth. Still have to hit Shift to get the cursor to show up in BBM.

How did you deal with that? the same thing is happening to me i am reloading it right now lets see what happens..but what did you do?

EDIT: resolved

Anybody know what happened to Visual Voicemail icon? Even though mine was deactivated, the icon was always there in all versions before this including 448.

9700 is the first to get update for everything then u will see every other blackberry get an update but then why is there never any updates for the pearl 9100 i am still on the .424 on my pearl and seem like there is no other updates for this phone but in the mean time every other blackberry product is gettin more and more updates

I'm with Bell Canada and my visual voice mail icon is still here. Everything seems to be working well. Install was seamless. Delete Vendor XML, run apploader, and...done! I couldn't find BB App World and when I re-installed it asked if I wanted to replace the existing App World? Anyway, it seems to be running great on my 9700.

Memory leak still exists. Went from 71MB to 64.9 within 20 minutes... I'm already rolling back to 5.0 because of it. I don't think that issue will ever be fixed...

Main major memory issue has been fixed since 380. Many people often confuse RAM (system memory) and ROM (storage memory). themenacexd is talking about storage memory, and that has not changed, that memory all depends on how many apps you have installed. The major issue before 380 was that there was a huge RAM leak which deals with the way the system performs. Before that, the browser was constantly crashing and the system was really laggy cause the OS was using up like 80% RAM by itself. Now that percent has gone down to 55-60% and that has been a huge improvement. Since 380 my RAM never even reaches 200MB (9700 has total 256MB RAM and 256MB ROM). Before 380 the RAM was at 205MB from fresh boot and grew beyond 256MB in no time, that means there was huge leak issue cause instability and crashes. Luckily every leak since 380 has not had that issue including this one. If you are worried about ROM on the other hand, there is not much to be done there but to erase some apps you don't need/use.

I mean the application memory... Even when I don't have any third party apps installed it drops like crazy... Never did that with 5.0...

So far from what I have seen, RAM and ROM both go down together. That is at least what Meterberry reports. App memory for me starts at 30mbs or less on a fresh boot. That drops to 10 to zero if I let it go longer than a day. System resources dip to 30% or less. I am on the latest leak Same deal though it seems maybe slightly contained.
I have also neutered Universal search, unchecking all options.
Little effect. There is a problem with the way the OS is managing resources for sure both RAM and ROM. I am not a programmer, so I can only go by experience.

I would not say ever. There were lots of iterations of OS5 before they got it right. I don't know why it takes so many attempts. If you recall we were in .8 and .9 of OS5 before we saw stable battery and memory. If they keep trying with OS for 9700 that is a good thing. It will get there just in time for 6.1 and then the cycle begins again, but not for 9700. New devices coming out in Q2/Q3 that will have lots of hardware upgrades. Next generation bold will be in the form factor of the Bold 1 with a combo touchscreen and Qwerty. No slide out like the Torch, although a Torch 2 is on the way too. 9700 is just too limited on resources (256 MB memory) which is why the leak is such an issue along with limited application space. If RIM can scale down OS6 like they did with OS5, we can see a pretty solid system. As it is, the device runs fairly well on a skeleton of resources. With all my third party apps, I boot at 30mb's of app space. That drops to 15 and 10 throughout the day and it keeps trucking. I have been at zero before and the phone keeps going with lag and the clock of course. I do an auto reboot while I am sleeping each day (Meterberry or Quick Launch) have this feature. Set the time of day and you are good.

The first time i had a problem than the second time it was perfect but i added the new news feed app which was kinda good and deleted social feeds not realizing it deletes recent updates in bbm...and because i did not back it up i had to do everything all over again....after rebooting many times i had to readd my emails....this is irritating me

no problems on install using latest bb desktop software,all apps working fine,trackpad feels smoother when going through menus,browser seems faster but ive said that on every upgrade maybe its in my mind .too early to comment on battery life or memory loss,all in all good,no probs whatsoever.

For some reason i cant find my txt msgs or receive them, if i want to see them i must use yhe universal search thingy. Help pls

Much more free application space in this version. Cleaned out the bs media stuff only left the ringtones, cleaned all the fonts except latin_true_type and the misc font. cleaned out VAD and GMAIL and I am left with 101 MB free after installing 12MB of applications!

Memory leak is an issue for me, battery seems fine and system preforms well.

Now I really appreciate all these devices leaks but c'mon lets get Theme Studio to a final version BETA 2 has some major ISSUES!!!

Yes, you have to install the COD files. I did it with BBSAK. I had to load them from the previous .448 loader file. I restarted my phone several times before doing this... I was hoping it was the service books but when I compared this leak vs. the previous release (official), I found that the vvm.cod files are missing. Good luck!

I deleted all previous leaked OS software from my computer before installing this new one. I want to get Visual Voicemail back on my phone. Do you know how I can get that file? Thank you.

Can anyone tell me if the Browser is still having trouble with large web pages? And is there 2G only mode in connection settings??

Did the update! Nothing really better than last as of yet! Yes it still has the browser problems and can't load some pages cause there to large! Will update about battery 2mar!!!

after upgrading to .461. I deleted the BBM, reboot and then got a message like : exception: java.lang.NullPointerException. and SMS icon disappear.

anyone got the same problem?

Better than the .448
Battery is much better for me, it is actually stable at some times.
Gonna keep this for sure.

....Has the bug that prevents you from saving files from internet or from other messenger contacts been fixed?.....anybody can check please?


Sigh... still have the camera flash problem since .418

I'll get a flash on the first picture, but on the second picture = no flash.

Any solution?

After updating from .448 to this.. The browser is significantly worse!!! N crashes ALOT. No other update is notciable... And do a fresh install when u do a upgrade some features work diff if u upfrade from a precious build..

Stick to .448

Camera still cannot do GeoTag (find location). All other GPS apps work fine and find me right away.

Location send in text messages only works when searching a nearby business. It will not find me outright so I can send my location. This has been the case for all OS leaks and I have tried them all. On the latest.

Memory leak still there.
Have not been on the browser enough to say, but sure I will crash it on a page that is just too big...lame! That is really a result of resources and memory issues, I believe. Also, the processor on 9700 is not fast enough to keep up. That is why you see the gray checkerboard background when scrolling. Starting to believe what one person posted...OS6 is not really built for 9700.

Anyway, this version seems just like .448 to me.
Here's a minor gripe: How about volume control when the device is locked and in standby mode? Not there yet!!

Battery seems good though. No rapid drop from 24 to 8. :)
Have not experienced a random reboot yet...had that once with .448
GPS seems to lock very fast, as well as radio and WiFi.

Anyway, it is increments of change, I suppose.

Could someone pls help me cause Ive trying to figure this out for a very very very long time and i am just about tired... Could you please tell how to transfer or mimic my "PASSWORD KEEPER" data file and MEMO to my Desktop so i can access them in to places and when its time for me to backup my bb bold 9700, it will sync or vs? Also, IPD backfiles, I am unable to open them....Is there a VIEWER FOR SUCH?

Thank you so much....

Just upgraded to this OS and where it used to say "Virgin' for Virgin Mobile it now says "Bell" that's a little concerning.