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    New Blackberry OS v4.2!

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    The next version of the BlackBerry firmware, v4.2, will enable these dormant hardware features (extensive "onboard [video and audio] acceleration") on future and existing Intel-based BlackBerry devices (currently the 8700 is the only Intel-based BlackBerry), Lazaridis said. Once enabled, hardware acceleration could improve audio/video performance dramatically.

    Lazaridis said that the Intel processor in the 8700 had always boasted extensive "onboard [video and audio] acceleration" features, but that RIM "never enabled it" in order to ensure maximum "stability and reliability".

    Lazaridis also made mention of the as yet unannounced BlackBerry 8707, which he promises will be UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Standard) 3G-enabled. UMTS is just one variation of 3G technology, capable of running at speeds of up to 1920kbit/second.

    The 8707 however will be essentially the same device as the 8700, except with added 3G support.

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    Re: New Blackberry OS v4.2!

    Any dates???? We love new OSs.
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    Ok. Confused. So does that mean that the 8700's have these capabilities and they are simply not being utilized at this time? And that when the 4.2 OS is released, if it is installed into the 8700's that it will?
    I hope so, cause I really don't like the look of the 8707...but thats just my $0.02

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    Re: New Blackberry OS v4.2!

    You can keep your 8700g, N8. You don't have to get a new device.

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    Unless, of course, N8 just wants a new device!

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    Re: New Blackberry OS v4.2!

    i would really hate to know that we would have to buy a new device in order to obtain such capabilities. i plan on having my 8700g for at least 18mnths before i consider purchasing a now device.

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    I knew the 8700 was powerful, and all those naysayers saying that multimedia would just make it run slow...
    Bring on the new OS!

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    Re: New Blackberry OS v4.2!

    Quote Originally Posted by N8DBB
    Ok. Confused. So does that mean that the 8700's have these capabilities and they are simply not being utilized at this time? And that when the 4.2 OS is released, if it is installed into the 8700's that it will?
    I hope so, cause I really don't like the look of the 8707...but thats just my $0.02
    Yes. As RIM rightly always puts "stability and reliability" first they are only NOW going to enable those features in the new v4.2 OS. I'm sure they can release this better performance for multi media and maintain the stability and reliability, which is still the main advantage that will keep RIM ahead of the wanna BB's.

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    sweet can't wait!
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    Re: New Blackberry OS v4.2!

    Wait. Can someone clarify this for me. I thought my 8700c COULD ALREADY be used as a modem to support my laptop while away from the office. That's what I was told at Cingular, anyway. I just got it on Wednesday, and if the 8707 is replacing it with that capability, I'll just take it back and wait. Any idea when that will occur?

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    Re: New Blackberry OS v4.2!

    Your 8700c is already able to be used as a modem. The new OS will enable audio playback of small downloadable files.

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    Loving that 8700g can't wait till next month to buy mine!

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    Re: New Blackberry OS v4.2!

    Thanks, Erica. So, is it easy to find how to use it as a modem in the User's Guide? And what, then, does the 8707 provide over the 8700? (Sorry, but i have a million questions about this device, already. The collective pinstack forum users have been GREAT.)

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    Just got my 8700c wednesday. I hope that Cingular pushes that OS upgrade out ASAP and not play the "we have to test it first" game that they always do...
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    Re: New Blackberry OS v4.2!

    Here's how to use your 8700c as a modem http://blackberryforums.pinstack.com...ead.php?t=2224

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