Verizon has released major operating system upgrades for two of its smartphones from RIM. Users of the business-oriented BlackBerry Bold 9650 or the consumer-friendly BlackBerry Curve 3G can now install BlackBerry OS 6.0.
This new OS version debuted last summer on the BlackBerry Torch, but these two Verizon models are the first in the U.S. to get an official upgrade.
The changes include the faster, much enhanced web browser, an updated user interface with several of the standard applications redesigned, a tool that allows users to search everything at once (even inside applications), and a built-in YouTube app.
Installing the Upgrade
Verizon is giving its customers with the Bold 9650 or Curve 3G a choice in how to upgrade their smartphone.
They can connect their phone to their PC and go to blackberry.com/updates. Alternatively, customers can download the new version of this operating system Over the Air (OTA) directly to their device by going to Options > Advance Options > Wireless Update.
Users of the Bold 9650 can get more information about the update and step-by-step instructions on how to download at verizonwireless.com/boldsupport, while those with a Curve 3G can get the same info at verizonwireless.com/curve9330support.
Others Still Waiting… Some in Vain
Last year, RIM, the company that makes all BlackBerrys and the operating system they use, announced which models will be getting OS 6.0 upgrades. Obviously the Bold 9650 was on that list, as was the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G.
Notably absent from the short list of upgradable models was the BlackBerry Storm2, as well as all members of the Curve series released before the Curve 3G.