BlackBerry Users Could Be Eligible For a Software Upgrade

RIM is reminding its customers that they can update the software on their handsets to receive a whole host of new features.

BlackBerry users whose devices are eligible for an upgrade from BlackBerry 7 software to version 7.1 will receive a ‘poke’ notification on their handset this week. The software can then be downloaded when the device is connected to Wi-Fi.

Handsets for which the upgrade should be available include the BlackBerry Bold 9900, the Torch 9810 and 9860 and the Curve 9360 and 9380.

BlackBerry 7.1 brings many improvements an allows users to harness the device as a Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as incorporating NFC into BlackBerry Messenger, allowing the sharing of photos and videos simply by tapping two devices together. The updated OS also features a power saving option with can increase a device’s battery life by up to 20%.

Other new additions include the Mobile Media Server, which lets users wirelessly display pictures and movies on an HDTV, and the introduction of parental controls which can help parents manage what content their children have access to.

RIM has some advice for users making the upgrade as well. The firm recommends connecting the device to a power source before beginning the process to avoid any interruptions, even suggesting scheduling the update to take place overnight.

If you do not receive a poke notification your device may still be upgradeable to the new version of the operating system. Check for software updates on your phone or connect it to your computer and check for updates via the BlackBerry Desktop Software.

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