RIM Announces New BlackBerry 7.1 OS

January 10, 2012 by
A wide range of software improvements awaited BlackBerry® 7 smartphone customers at the BlackBerry® booth at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2012). Research In Motion showcased the new BlackBerry® 7.1 OS as well as updates to the BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), BlackBerry® Traffic™ and BlackBerry® Travel™ apps. The new OS and app updates will make seizing and sharing the moment easier than ever.

BlackBerry 7.1 will begin rolling out from carriers around the world beginning today and over the coming weeks. The new releases of BBM, BlackBerry Traffic and BlackBerry Travel will be available on BlackBerry® App World™ beginning today.

BlackBerry 7.1 OS Features
  • BlackBerry® Tag: By tapping NFC enabled BlackBerry® smartphones against one another, users can instantly invite a friend to BBM, exchange contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Support: Turn your BlackBerry into a mobile hotspot that can be shared by up to 5 Wi-Fi® -enabled devices, including laptops and tablets. The 7.1 update also supports carrier implemented Wi-Fi calling services (UMA/GAN where available), allowing you to make Wi-Fi calls from your BlackBerry smartphone that don’t eat into your airtime minutes.
  • Updated BBM app (version 6.1): Even more with support for animated avatars (animated GIFs), a dozen new and fun emoticons, the ability to customize chat bubbles with different colours, and the ability to add customized personal messages of up to 160 characters in your online Profile. You can also now set the picture for your BBM avatar directly from the camera app.
  • BlackBerry Traffic (version 3.0): A free app from RIM, BlackBerry Traffic determines a user’s estimated time of arrival (ETA) based on current traffic conditions, and now includes hands-free turn-by-turn voice guidance. 
  • Enhanced Universal Search: Now includes an auto-suggest feature that intelligently filters Bing® search results to offer users a variety of relevant Web sites based on their search terms.
  • FM Radio: For users with a BlackBerry Curve 9360 or 9380 smartphone - the FM radio circuitry is already built in to the Curve 9360 and 9380 models and BlackBerry 7.1 provides users with a new app that allows them to tune in and enjoy local FM radio stations. Listening to the FM radio does not require a data plan or use data services. 

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