Verizon Wireless will have software updates available for the BlackBerry Bold 9650, BlackBerry Curve 8530 and BlackBerry Tour 9630 starting today at 6pm EST. These updates include software enhancements to all three devices. Here are the enhancements and improvements for these BlackBerry Smartphones:
The BlackBerry Bold
Enhancements: - Better group Push to Talk functionality - Multiple enhancements to group Push to Talk calls, contacts, and audio performance. - Improved text messaging - Improved viewing of text-messaging threads. - Enhanced playback for picture/video messages with audio -When opening and listening to a picture/video message with audio, receiving a text message with a notification ringtone will not affect the audio attachment?s playback. - More responsive text-message icon - The text-message icon will register unread messages and disappear once you have read the messages. - More stable global capability - Your Bold will connect and stay connected to a 3G network in Global Mode when available.
Improvements: - Using the End key to turn off your Bold will now display a confirmation prompt. ? Your Bold will only reset when you prompt it to regardless of idle time, coverage availability, or use of applications (such as the camera).
The BlackBerry Tour:
Enhancements: - Improved audio when accepting a Push to Talk call from a mobile contact. - Placing the speaker volume on silent will no longer affect the earpiece volume when placing a Push to Talk call. - Updating your device software will no longer disable Push to Talk. - Device enhancements made when switching from a CDMA to GSM network. - Trackball response is no longer affected by launching Push to Talk while Web browsing. - Setting a contact alert in the sound profiles application now only requires one click to save. - Open voice-mail messages from the text message application with no issues. - GlobalAccess Connect support. - For international Internet access, you can tether your smartphone to a notebook.
Improvements: - Push to Talk alert tone responds faster. - Push to Talk answering capabilities have been improved. - The Push to Talk key now responds when receiving Push to Talk calls. - Video-message audio and video playback has been improved. - Improvements to audio when placing a phone call while using a headset. - The Voice Activated Dialing functionality now recognizes Japanese.
The BlackBerry Curve 8530:
Improvements: + Improved Visual Voice Mail application. + Updated satellite fixes for BlackBerry maps. + Improvements made to allow faster, easier connection to 3G and data services. + Create and send international SMS messages using different international prefixes. + Utilize content protection and media-file encryption without compromising the speed of your device. + Review SMS messages with audio attachments before you send them. + Stream videos using the V CAST video-on-demand (VOD) application without interruption.
Enhancements: + Device now supports and plays WMV files.