For anybody who has ever felt the pain of having to update a BlackBerry, this'll be a welcome announcement: When RIM finally gives us the latest OS, BlackBerry 10, you'll be able to continue using the device even as the update is downloaded and installed. Seamless, huh?
This has come from BlackBerry themselves, who told TechRadar to expect something that we've never seen before on a mobile platform.
"We're the only platform where you can be watching a movie in the background while you're downloading and installing the update," spokesman Vivek Bhardwaj said.
"You don't have to leave it and watch a clock 'til it's done, you don't have to leave it for an hour the way you do with other phones – or with BlackBerry today."
Teasingly, he also says that carriers will be able to take advantage of the technology to get their updates out quicker too:
"It's going to help us speed up carrier certification," he added. "If we're trying to trying to tweak something and the radio needs updating for the carrier too, now we can separate those. That leads to faster upgrades, less regression testing and more stability".
It's definitely great to see BlackBerry offering us something genuinely new here amidst all the wrangling of its future and accusations that RIM just hasn't moved by the times.
Let's just hope we see it before the firm gets sold/goes under/caves in!