BlackBerry 7.1 OS

RIM Launches BlackBerry 7.1 OS, But Will It Be Enough?

RIM (Research In Motion), the company behind BlackBerry, is rolling out the latest version of it’s operating system, 7.1, for BlackBerry smartphones. RIM has been going through problems the last couple years.

Market share continues to decline and while they did introduce a new and updated line of phones, they simply haven’t been able to keep up with the brute force and innovation that is behind giants Android and iOS.

The new version will be rolled out to phones starting today and will be going to carrier partners Worldwide in the following weeks the company said.

New features and enhancements of the OS update:

“BlackBerry 7.1 comes with a number of new features and enhancements, including BlackBerry Tag, a new content sharing tool. BlackBerry Tag uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to allow users to share contacts, media and files, as well as invite friends to BlackBerry Messenger by touching their BlackBerry smartphones together. The new operating system also adds mobile hotspot capabilities and support for Wi-Fi calling.”

It’s taken the company quite some time to bring a mobile hotspot ability to phones, something that’s increasingly needed and requested. With data caps from most wireless carriers, users need to be careful, however, having the ability to use your phone as a mobile hotspot is great and sometimes a godsend in certain instances.

Lastly, for BlackBerry Curve users who prefer to still listen to the radio, FM radio support has been added to the Curve 9360 and 9380. Listening to the radio will not use up your data plan says RIM.