BlackBerry 10 will let users update OS as they use it

BlackBerry 10 will let users update OS as they use itFor 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!

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Betas  Feb. 10, 2012 at 21:05

"Teasingly, he also says that carriers will be able to take advantage of the technology to get their updates out quicker too:"

Is it too hard to keep it European and say "networks" instead of "carriers"? People seem to forget that we pretty much created the modern mobile phone networks!

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2012 at 07:37

Betas,
That is called an 'indirect quote' - Phil is quoting a Canadian company...hardly ”we”?
Also: 1st generation wireless telephony was enabled by RCCs...one of the ”C”s stands for ”carriers”.
2nd gen mobile wireless telephony, furthermore, was hugely driven by German researchers. A word often found in that context is ”Traeger“ in various compound nouns. The english word for that is, yep, ”carrier”.

But hey....furthermore, many of the modern ”networks” - Tesco e.g. - did exactly zero to further the development.
The queen also did little to develop cellular technology :p
But I get your point. It's just odd imho, to demand a website stick to nationalistic language rules when talking about a technology developed over decades in the US, Scandinavia, Germany etc etc...
Now, bizarre is that Germans call their mobile phones ”handy”... Schweinerei.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2012 at 08:34

Anyway... I find it a lot worse that RIM need to hype the future upgrade process. Good grieve. There was a time when 'we' expected products to work out of the box. Then we all became guinea pigs for unfinished firmwares. Now, ring the churchbells, a practical update process is a cause for celebration?

smartone  Feb. 12, 2012 at 11:40

Anyway... I find it a lot worse that RIM need to hype the future upgrade process. Good grieve. There was a time when 'we' expected products to work out of the box. Then we all became guinea pigs for unfinished firmwares. Now, ring the churchbells, a practical update process is a cause for celebration?

Can Apple or android do this now??? Exactly my point!

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2012 at 13:15

Anyway... I find it a lot worse that RIM need to hype the future upgrade process. Good grieve. There was a time when 'we' expected products to work out of the box. Then we all became guinea pigs for unfinished firmwares. Now, ring the churchbells, a practical update process is a cause for celebration?

Can Apple or android do this now??? Exactly my point!

I wouldn't care if Apple or Android could do that, either.
I shouldn't need to say this but: I'm a BB user (mostly.
I can also see how this is useful for some users, but really, is it BB's main problem? And how will it help folks who NOW pay top-bucks for BB 7.0 devices that won't get BB10?

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