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OS 7.1 update to be available officially today?

We have been seeing and getting pretty much of leaks for the new devices including Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and 9860; especially from team N4BB over the weekend. Today however, RIM has announced that BlackBerry 7.1 OS update will begin rolling out from carriers around the world beginning today and over the coming weeks. Sporting plenty of features that we have spotted already and known from the leaks, how fast and how well will these official updates be?

Some highlighted features:

  • Mobile Hotspot: Turn your BlackBerry 7.1 OS device into a Wi-Fi® router anywhere, anytime! The new OS seamlessly provides Internet access for up to five Wi-Fi devices, including laptops and tablets.
  • Universal Search: For this new release, we wanted to focus on the intelligence of our system and our apps – in other words, we wanted to create an intuitive experience that does the thinking for you. For example, Universal Search now has a new auto-suggest feature that that intelligently filters Bing® search results to offer you a variety of relevant Web sites based on your search terms.
  • BlackBerry® Tag: Share contacts, media and files, and even invite friends to BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM) through a simple touch. BlackBerry Tag unlocks near field communication (NFC) capabilities for everyday use and makes sharing a lot faster and much more personal.
  • Wi-Fi® Calling (where available): With BlackBerry 7.1 OS, you’ll be able to make Wi-Fi calls using your carrier’s Wi-Fi calling service (aka UMA-lite or GAN-lite). Wi-Fi calling allows you to save your talk time minutes and make phone calls over any Wi-Fi network. Not all carriers offer such a service so check with your carrier for availability.
  • FM Radio: The BlackBerry 7.1 OS update will let BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360 and 9380 smartphone customers enjoy FM radio. The Curve models include a built-in FM radio so you can tune in to local FM radio stations. Simply plug in your headset to boost the reception (it acts as the antenna). Plus, no data usage or data plan required!
  • BlackBerry® Maps: When you launch the new BlackBerry Maps you’ll be able to discover special offers, coupons and discounts from nearby vendors – and, of course, you can act instantly by calling about the deal, finding the best route to get there, or grabbing the coupon code.

When will we start spotting the official OS 7.1 OS from RIM? Hit us up in the comments if you do!

Via BlackBerry Blogs

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  1. Is there a list of devices for which OS 7.1 will be available? I have an older 9650 and OS 6 isn’t all that great. Would like to try 7 to see if it helps!

  2. I think all 7.0 devices will be upgraded to 7.1.

    However, no 6.0 devices will be upgradable to 7.x. RIM stated this pretty much up-front with 7.0. I think the reason is that 7.0 depends on hardware that the newest devices have, but none of the older ones have. (By and large, 7.0 feels very similar to 6.0.)

    • Thanks for the reply. I’d missed the 7.0 “line in the sand”. Oh well. I’m eligible for an upgrade, but am holding out for LTE. I’m curious to see who will be first (and best), RIM or Apple (can’t go Android).

  3. Hope Wi-Fi® Calling comes to AT&T in the US…

  4. I’m wondering if the “official” release will be the build that’s been getting leaked all over the place lately.

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