OS 5.0. It's the next incremental evolution in BlackBerry device software and it's "officially" coming to a BlackBerry smartphone near you hopefully soon. We were told at WES we should see it hit late summer / early fall (the rollout is expected to be for all devices that are getting it at once, which means it'll likely take a bit longer to get here as they need the green light across the board before they release it).
While rumors of 5.0 have floated around for a while now, the excitement really began back on April 6th when we posted a video of it running on a BlackBerry Curve 8900 and we saw it leak for the 8900 and Bold a few days later. But even after making a post sourced from an internal doc in late April that was a "full walkthrough" of OS 5.0's incremental feature upgrades, we have seen more 5.0 improvements pop-up over the past few weeks above and beyond what was originally stated, including a new BlackBerry Messenger. I meant to get this posted a couple weeks back, but newer versions of 5.0 (.110 and more recent) show even further tweaks to the feature offering, like the ability to submit feedback on applications, choose your default mapping application, choose to enable/disable data while on a call (3G devices), the addition of Sounds and Ringtones to Options as well as a dedicated homescreen icon and more options when doing a handheld wipe. You can check out the screencaps below for a first and hand look and follow the links for more OS 5.0 related content.
OS 18.104.22.168 for the BlackBerry Bold - still in development
Submitting feedback to RIM
Select Default Mapping Service
Media Memory utility gets updated further
Control data usage during calls
Sounds and Ring Tones (I prefer to spell it Ringtones!)
a more refined handheld wipe