Research In Motion limited (RIM) announced the availability of Blackberry OS 5 software update for its Storm 9530 series and other selected Blackberry smartphones. Blackberry OS 5 development that started early this year, had completed its definite stage development and is now ready to be rolled out. Verizon Wireless is the first operator to announce OS 5 update to its Blackberry Storm 9530 customers in US. OTA updates are not available at this time. So Windows and Mac users should install Blackberry desktop manger, and then download and proceed with the installation of Blackberry OS 5. RIM also released a list of Blackberry devices compatible with OS 5 update. The upcoming Blackberry smartphones Bold 9700 and Blackberry Storm2 will be shipped with Blackberry OS 5 pre-installed .
List of Blackberry smartphones compatible with OS 5.0 update :
Blackberry Tour .
BlackBerry Curve 8330
BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8200 series
BlackBerry Curve 8900
Blackberry Bold 9000 series
BlackBerry Curve 8350i
The recently released Blackberry Curve 8520 is not in the list . But we expect the device to be added soon as it supports the requirement of Blackberry OS 5.0 .
Few notable features of Blackberry OS 5.0 :
Auto correction of typed words in Email ,SMS view .
Flag for Follow up on email application.
Volume level indicator Overlay .
Improvements to Blackberry Maps and navigation system .
Option to resize photos when sharing or sending.
Forward calendar entries.
Synchronization of multiple contact or address books .
Full-QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode for Blackberry Storm users
Support for Bluetooth 2.1 profile.
Folders with notification indicators .
Indian Blackberry users on Airtel ,Vodafone ,Tata Docomo and others will also be provided with OS 5.0 update in coming days .