The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is Getting a Software Update

The new BlackBerry Torch 9800 from Research In Motion (RIM) has just gotten a software update. While the new version—v.6.0.0695—will not be pushed to phones over the air until next week, you can update now by manually downloading it from AT&T or RIM and install it yourself. The operating system update is meant to fix small bugs and improve the general performance of BlackBerry OS 6.

The lag that people have been complaining about when using OS 6 on their Torch? The update improves the load and exit times for apps, speeds up the user interface of the Webkit powered browser and polishes up a lot of little things. RIM’s decision to use the same processor in the Torch as was found in the Bold 9650 and 9700 has been criticized since much faster ones are now available, but this should pep things up a bit. I’ve been saying for weeks now that RIM just needed a little time to get things running better. It looks like that’s finally here. Hopefully this also means that all of the older models still waiting for BB OS 6 will finally get it.

It looks like BlackBerry Storm fans will still be getting the short end of the stick, as the BlackBerry Storm2 from Verizon still doesn’t look to be getting the new operating system. Even the modestly updated Storm3 (9570) ended up being canceled and it was the one that was going to be running OS 6 right out of the box. Hopefully the next in the Storm series will be a significant update deserving of the name Storm3.

Why not head over and get the software update. Since it is carrier supported, if anything goes wrong, you will get tech support, etc. Just make sure backup everything first. The less adventurous should just wait for the over the air update coming soon.

Let me know what you think of the new update when you get it. The speed problems fixed for you?

Sean:

http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20018773-85.html

http://www.mobileburn.com/news.jsp?Id=11124

http://www.bbleaks.com/2010/10/blackberry-6-to-soon-include-voice.html

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