It finally happened!
Last night, at 10PM eastern time, Verizon Wireless released the 5.0 Software Update for the Blackberry Storm!
Here goes my best shot at giving you all the info you will need when updating to the 5.0 Software.
Lets start with some of the new features
* Significant improvements in rotation detection and screen painting have been introduced in this software.
* Device displayed a white bar at the bottom of the screen after a rotation event.
* When setting a custom SMS tone for a single contact, this tone may playback unexpectedly for SMS’ received from other contacts.
* When swiping down the virtual keyboard in an MMS message the send and save draft icons did not appear as expected.
* When viewing an SMS there was no simple way to call the current user. Now the user can select the number from the Callback Number field or from the message body and call that number from the pop up menu.
* The delete prior function has the unwanted side-effect of triggering the compose email screen.
* The user cannot configure their profile settings to increase the number of alerts when being notified of an event such as incoming SMS or email.
* Previous software versions did not allow the user to increase the count of notifications (i.e. Beep 5 times when when I get an email and beep 3 times when I get an sms). In this software, this is now allowed with counts from 1-10.
* When trying to set a home screen background of a certain resolution (more specifically a resolution matching either the width or the height of the native resolution of the LCD) it may have appeared as a black screen.
* When trying to edit/create a folder, the virtual keyboard did not render to allow the user to enter the names of said folders.
* Intermittently, when streaming a video while doing a handover to 2G on a 3G network the video would stop playing.
* If you paused a video recording and then resumed, the icon state may not have reflected the current recording state.
* After recoding a video of a certain size (7M) the saved video may be corrupted and unplayable.
* During manual network selection, the radio buttons associated with the networks did not render as expected.
* When moving out of coverage your device display for no coverage may have been inconsistent.
* During voice calls, your device may have reset on a rare occasion.
* After viewing and accepting the End User Licensing Agreement of the App World application the application doesn’t startup (fixes introduced in the latest version of App World).
* On some rare occasions, the device may reset on its own during a voice call or while idle.
* During an MTP side load of 16GB of music, the device would leak memory and stop the transfer at ~75%.
* During device full boot-up, the progress bar skips from 0% complete to ~66% complete instead of showing a gradual progression (Note: from 66% to 100% it does show a gradual progression).
There are many more features included in the new update that weren’t even able to fit on this list! For more info on what the OS 188.8.131.52 contains, check out my similar post on an older version of the 5.0 software.
Now let’s move on to the Cons
Here are some problems I’ve come across already since using the new software.
– My Blackberry Headphones Lost Compatibility With the My Storm?
When I plug my blackberry headphones into the headphone jack, the storm doesnt seem to recognize that they are inserted and continues to play music through the handset. Yet when I use any other regular headphones, it plays sound through the head-jack just fine. Is there anyone else having this problem? Or is just me…?
– When using a Plazmic Built Theme, (Or anything other than the carrier theme), I have noticed that the screen background doesn’t completely fit to width of the icons when in landscape mode. This causes the icons to slur in the background of the screen… (see pictures below)
Possibly an issue of the landscape background refresh rate?
– This one isn’t exactly a software problem, but as soon as you start using the 5.0 Software, you should notice that your email account icon is missing.
Dont freak out, its just been marked as a hidden file. To fix this, open the main menu and select, “Show All”. Locate the hidden icon, open the menu again and uncheck the “Hidden” status to make it visible. I don’t know about you guys, but I like having my email account icon on my home-screen.
– Youtube videos are now only viewable in the, “Streaming”, method. Meaning you can’t drag the cursor to adjust the position of video playback.
–Quickpull can no longer be used to reset your device.
If you have noticed similar issues to the ones that I described, or any other issues that I haven’t found yet, please leave a comment saying so.
The faster we narrow down and confirm the 5.0 OS faults… The faster RIM will be willing to roll out a quick OS fix.
Now onto the installation process!
There are MANY ways that you can update your software. You can visit your carrier’s website, the blackberry.com website, do an OTA update, or use the desktop manager.
I used the desktop manager because I believe that it is the most simple route to getting Official OS Updates, thus that is the method I will provide a walk-through for.
Obviously, before you begin your installation, you must make a back-up of your current device data.
-Plug your blackberry into your computer. Open the desktop manager, select, “Backup and restore”.
-Next, select “Backup” and choose the location you wish to save the backup file. Now, you just have to wait until it finishes uploading your device’s files.
Once you have made a back up file, open the Application Loader under the Main Menu.
Now select, “Update Software”.
If your blackberry is plugged into your computer correctly, it should run a quick check of your application versions.
When this is done, you should see a list of official OS versions. Select the newest version, 184.108.40.2068, and hit next.
Your computer will now check your device software. When it’s done, you should see, “blackberry 5.0.0 core applications”, listed under the update summery.
From here on… Its pretty simple. Just select next, finish, ect. until it begins the installation.
DO NOT UNPLUG YOUR DEVICE FROM THE COMPUTER UNTIL IT’S FINISHED INSTALLING ALL OF THE SOFTWARE AND PROMPTS YOU TO DO SO.
If you do, you run a very high chance of losing a lot of device info or worse.
The entire installation process took about one hour for me.
I don’t know if this varies depending on connection speed or how many applications you have installed on your blackberry though.
Once you finish, the device will restart, and you will see your first glimpse of the beautiful 5.0 software. The loading screen has been completely redone as you should now see. Sleek right?
As your blackberry finishes rebooting and the desktop software loads the last bit of info onto your device, you will feel excited and a little bit anxious.
(What if I hate it? Can I go back to a previous OS update if I need to? What if my system crashes?!)
This is totally normal.
Just prepare yourself. You will need some patience and some one on one Blackberry Storm time.
There are a ton of changes as I have already told you; but before you start exploring every inch of new material…
Just begin by resetting your icon arrangement to the one you had on your last OS Version. This will make it feel more homy and hopefully keep you from feeling the overload of the new interface.
If you are using a custom theme, you may want to revert to the Zen Theme that came preloaded with your device.
Next, open your mail folder and play round with the keyboard. Feel the responsiveness. Nice right?
Once you get the hang of things… you will never want to go back. Overall the new OS is faster, more efficient, and more stylish than any other version ever released for the Blackberry Storm.
Give yourself enough time to mess around with the new OS before depending on it for work or other important situations. It took me around 4-5 hours of moving around icons, changing the background, and trying the 5.0 Core Applications before I truly came to love it!