Bug fixes, Help & How to: BB Storm Firmware update

Guess what? There is another leaked version of BlackBerry Storm firmware update out there. This time it is numbered and there are rumors out there that will be released... er I mean leaked soon.

Crackberry has posted information on how to get the unofficial BlackBerry Storm firmware for 9530, and if you weren’t happy with version then you can have another go with OS

You may want to take note that this is NOT the official release, and if you decide to install then its at your own risk.

It is strange to see that there are so many leaked versions out there in just a little amount of time. I mean, it would do everyone good if BlackBerry would decide to list out top 20 or 30 bugs and then work their way to fix them. And finally release/leak out that version for user's to test them. But guess since they work this way... it is up-to bold BlackBerry lovers to treat their greatest gadget as a guinea pig.

Bug Fixes:

As usual every new release brings out some new fixes and raises a few new bugs. But looking at the early reactions of testers out there, this release would make you more happier than sad.

Snappier Accelerometer:
  • Accelerometer on home screen and in messaging applications (SMS, Email, AIM) seems quite improved. Much less of a "laggy" feel. Switches instantly for the most part.
  • Accelerometer with the keyboard seems to work just as it should. Then again, I've never had a major problem with my keyboard not switching layouts. Maybe a second to change from portrait to landscape. Even spun it around a few times, and it didn't get "confused" with both portrait and landscape keyboards at the same time... like it has before.
Faster webpage loading through Internet Browser:
  • Browser page loading seems moderately improved. 
  • Browser set to IE with Javascript enabled. Clicking on Random Article on Wikipedia takes only seconds to load, compared to 10+ seconds on 85. I'm just guessing, but they seemed to have done quite a bit of 'tweaking' on their Javascript engine. I might actually keep it enabled now.
  • This is with 2 bars of signal, and orb rated me at 1,384kb/sec. 
  • Much better detection of "hovering" over links. 
  • Had one issue where the frontpage of Crackberry would not load and stopped at a "Loading Script" on the status bar and the black clock spinning. It eventually responded and I exited the browser.
Digital and Video Camera:
  • On camera and video camera application, the shutter bar is transparent (New Feature)
  • Plays the videos taken by Video Camera. It previously gave an error "Media Type Not Supported" -- or something like that.
  • Camera is a lot faster, and will autofocus like it's suppose to... even pointed at a ceiling fan on low with four bright lights attached to it. Took 2, maybe 3 seconds to focus and snap, another second to save to the SD card.
  • Oh, and still no bluetooth support for video playback. I think it's safe to say by now that it was intentionally deleted and we may never see it again.
The lock button is working better then ever and locks and unlocks on every try: 
  • Lock button seems more responsive overall. 
  • Still randomly have to press the lock button and then tap the screen to get the icons to disappear and the screen to turn off.
  • Unlocking is nearly instantaneous now.
Memory leak is either gone or greatly diminished:
  • Previously when I rebooted I would start at ~40mb, and drop to ~38mb almost immediately. Throughout the day my memory would drop into the low 20mb at which time I'd almost always do a battery pull to avoid issues. So far my memory appears to be going UP as opposed to down. I am sitting at 44mb currently and have been for sometime. There has seemed to be no effect from the use of any of the features.
  • Some users still have 57.2 MB of memory left after a complete wipe.
Other Bugs fixed (or atleast seems to be fixed)
  • Photos scroll a bit faster and load smoother.
  • The media player is way louder.
  • The volume spike bug in the music player seems to be gone as far as I can tell.
  • And most important? Word Mole opens in only 3 seconds, compared to 10+ seconds on .85, and brickbreaker had no lag.
  • Bug fixed regarding alerts not being heard when receiving a new message for any instant message apps.
  • Bug fixed where you're initial view for the call button is set for "call logs," it would go into contacts if you tried to make the call by pressing the call button again.
  • The Rew/Pause/Stop/FF toolbar while playing Videos is much more responsive(immediate). One tap to show, one tap to hide. Before, it would show or hide the media bar whenever it felt like it.
  • When clicking on hyperlinks in an email, the menu bar shows up near where you clicked... not always on the left side. Much nicer.

Help & How to: (HOW TO)

How to Backup your Blackberry Storm: Visit "Don's How to Upgrade to a Leak".

How to Download OS for the BlackBerry Storm 9530: Visit Here

How to Upgrade your BlackBerry's Operating System: Visit Crackberry.com

Mess things up? Fix a Bricked BlackBerry: Visit Crackberry.com

Help & How to: (HELP)

Help: It wont boot, it gets stuck on media card inserted screen then suddenly it goes to the verizon screen.

Try: During the boot-up process you get a white screen with the clock spinning in the middle and a blue progress bar at the bottom. When the clock freezes as the blue progress bar is about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way across, press and hold the power button until you see a different screen, then release immediately.

Try: Perform a few battery pulls. Some users have got this fixed this after 5 to 6 battery pulls.

Help: it went to the white screen, with the message Reload software 507 or 503 screen.

Try: 507 means there's no OS...just connect to DM and load .86.

Help: I finally got the thing loaded onto my device. And even though I have it selected in apps... My browser wont show up... I went into apploader on download manager and tried adding it again. But it has a check mark and is greyed out, so I cant do anything to it... help?

Try: Go to Options> Advanced Options> Host Routing Table> hit BB button>Register Now... Wait a couple of minutes and you will get an e-mail and ur browser will appear.

Try: You need to make sure the blackberry registration message was received. If not do a battery pull or go to mobile network hit the menu button then run the diagnostics test. After it is complete you should recive the blackberry registration and your browser should show up.

Help: My Download Manager does not do anything. I deleted the vendor.xml, disconnected from the internet, closed DM, opened DM back up, connected my phone and went to apploader........nothing.

Try: Go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader. Then double click the Loader application (looks like a phone)

New Features:
  • When you are on the main home screen and you lightly press on an icon, it shows its text and name then dissapears after 5 seconds.
  • On camera and video camera app, the shutter bar is transparent.

Source: Crackberry.com

Slacker Radio now on Blackberry. But not for BB Storm

The popular Internet radio provider Slacker has made an appearance at CES to officially announce that it has launched the Slacker Radio for BlackBerry. According to the company, 100 stations categorized by genre are available. In addition, there are over 10,000 artist stations, Slacker also allows users to customize personal stations.

The Internet radio provider announced that the program would feature cover art and album reviews, as well as artist bios. Although the competition in the area of streaming radio for mobile devices is turning tighter and tighter, users can still benefit from Slacker, as it enables them to store their favorite stations on a memory card that is reported to be able to increase the battery performance about five times when played back and not constantly streaming music.

The service has been currently made available only for BlackBerry users in the United State. At the same time, only users running OS 4.3 and up on their devices are able to enjoy the service. Currently, Storm is not on the support list, but it is expected to get there after a software update will be released.

Slacker promotes its Radio for BlackBerry customers as a free service that allows them to listen to over 100 stations created by music experts, while also letting them create their own stations directly from their handsets. According to the provider, it offers high-quality stereo sound over any connection. Music can be stored on the device so that users can listen to it even when their phone is not connected, and songs will play even when other applications run at the same time.

Source: slacker

New Smartphone, the ICEphone to be released soon

Guess what else is going to be on the smartphone market soon... the ICEPhone. It was designed to be a wrist mounted medical handbook for the British military. But now it is going to be released as a 3-piece folding smartphone for the consumers.

It is designed to do everything you'd expect a smartphone to do and more. It comes with a multi-lingual first aid software which could give you simpler ways to administer aid (such as giving CPR). What's more, it captures a log of all activities that would help medical experts study further. In case you are really having a medical emergency, the phone offers direct access to a medical hotline. The phone allows you to store personal medical records just in case something happens to you. It is all accessed by a single touch of a button called the ICE button... ICE.. get it... In case of emergency.

Wondering what kind of features would it tout to be qualified as a smartphone... it would be 3G ready, GPS equipped and it runs Windows Mobile. The phone has a unique design... a 3 part folding design consisting of a touchscreen, a physical QWERTY keypad and a traditional phone pad.

The ICEphone is expected to be in production in April and maybe we would see it in the US soon enough.