Verizon Wireless and RIM will be pushing out a series of updates for the BlackBerry Bold 9650, BlackBerry Tour 9630 and BlackBerry Curve 8530 beginning at 6PM EST. The updates will be incremental versions of OS 5.0 and not the promised upgrades to BlackBerry 6.
The update for the Tour consists of improved audio when accepting a Push to Talk call from a mobile contact, placing the speaker volume on silent will no longer affect the earpiece volume when placing a Push to Talk call, updating your device software will no longer disable Push to Talk, enhancements made when switching from a CDMA to GSM network, trackball response is no longer affected by launching Push to Talk while Web browsing. GlobalAccess Connect support is also included along with spoken Japanese language support for voice activated dialing.
The update for the Bold consists of improved group Push to Talk functionality, enhancements to group Push to Talk calls, contacts and audio performance, improved viewing of text-messaging threads, when opening and listening to a picture/video message with audio, receiving a text message with a notification ringtone will not affect the audio attachmentâ€™s playback, the text-message icon will register unread messages and disappear, the phone will connect and stay connected to a 3G network in Global Mode and using the End key to turn off the Bold will now display a confirmation prompt.
The update for the Curve 3G consists of improved visual voice mail, updated satellite fixes for BlackBerry maps, improvements made to data services, international SMS message composition, content protection and media-file encryption without speed penalty, reviewing SMS messages with audio attachments before sending them, V CAST video-on-demand streaming without interruption and support for WMV files.