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    OS 4.2 - New Features and Functionality Improvements

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    Among other improvements, here's a list of possible inclusions. These are merely my own opinions, there are no links for documentation on this information, none of them have been verified/validated by anyone in the world ...simply put, take these with a grain of salt (although a pretty large grain, if you prefer).

    • Device Diagnostic Application - An application that will run diagnostics and report some of the following: IP Address, Network, Radio Access, Signal Level, Application Version, Free File Space, Radio Data Activation, Platform, etc. This will be various tests, including Self-Email, Self-PIN, etc. Reports/tests can be saved, emailed, PIN'd, etc.
    • Camera (8100-only, currently) will support storage to Device Memory or Media Card; Picture sizes will Large, Medium, or Small; Picture quality will be Normal, Fine, or Superfine; Zoom Mode can be set to On/Off; Flash can be set to On, Off or Automatic (leaving on will cause battery drain); White Balance can be set to Automatic, Sunny, Cloudy, Night, Indoor, Incandescent, or Flourescents.
    • Camera (8100-only, currently) can be disabled by IT Policy, for security-concerned administrators and companies.
    • Location Based Services (LBS) - as Dawg mentioned on the 8100 thread, GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions
    • File Explorer - Ability to browse files on the handheld in designated user database areas; create folders, etc.
    • Wireless Software Upgrade Control Application - No clue what this is, but it sounds interesting, doesn't it?
    • Built-in Security Monitor - Will have the ability to wipe the device or take other actions on various triggers, such as data tampering.
    • Setup Wizards - GUI interface to setup various aspects of the handheld.
    • Voice Notes - Interactive voice recorder for taking and sending messages/notes.
    • Voice Activated Dialing - Self-explanatory; see 'excited-wet-his-pants' notes from BG in the 8100 thread; appears to be supported ONLY in North America (Mexico/Spanish, United States/English, Canada/French).
    • myFaves - Not really sure on this one either; appears to be some sort of community/IM-type Buddy List (could be WAY off on this assumption though); information is stored on a third-party server (icons, address book information, phone numbers, etc).
    • Updated BlackBerry Messenger w/ new interface and appearance
    • WAV file support for email attachments

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    Re: OS 4.2 - New Features and Functionality Improvements

    If all of this does happen I know a lot of people that will be very happy. Taking a great device and making it twice as good...Im all for it.

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    This sounds pretty realistic. Thanks.

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    Thanks for the info, conjecture or not. Sounds like a lot of stuff to integrate to me. Any conjecture on how long it'll take for the roll out?

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    Re: OS 4.2 - New Features and Functionality Improvements

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~sounds good

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    That's outstanding. I got the 8100 itch already.

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    Re: OS 4.2 - New Features and Functionality Improvements

    Thanks for the Info Jibi!!

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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~sounds great anyone know when it will hit the streets?

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    Re: OS 4.2 - New Features and Functionality Improvements

    Can't wait to see it.

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    Re: OS 4.2 - New Features and Functionality Improvements

    Sounds very, very nice. Anxiously waiting.

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    Whoa!! Sounds like RIM is getting the BB up to the next level real quick!

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    Iwantitiwantitiwantit!

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    Re: OS 4.2 - New Features and Functionality Improvements

    This sounds awesome, I can't wait to see it in action.

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    The moment a qwerty camera version hits the streets, it will be the death to all other inferior pda's I.E treos, sidekicks and windows mobile dumbphones.

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    Re: OS 4.2 - New Features and Functionality Improvements

    Quote Originally Posted by Rcbjr
    Thanks for the info, conjecture or not. Sounds like a lot of stuff to integrate to me. Any conjecture on how long it'll take for the roll out?

    Thanks again
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    OS 4.2 will debut with the release of the 8100. My guess is within the next few weeks to the next couple of months (late August at the earliest, September more probable, November at the latest). As for the other handhelds, to be perfectly honest, I'm going to guess a late 2006 to early 2007 release (November-January time frame), although I could be way off (I've heard ZERO about the OS).

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