BlackBerry 7.1 OS upgrade detailed by RIM, packs mobile hotspot and BBM 6.1

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: January 9, 2012

BlackBerry Bold 9930 Verizon

Today RIM took to its official blog to offer up some details on the update to BlackBerry 7.1, which owners of the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 on Sprint have been enjoying for some time now. One of the most notable aspects of the OS 7.1 update is the addition mobile hotspot function, which lets the 'Berry in question serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices. The upgrade also brings with it:

  • Update Universal Search feature with auto-suggest that'll filter Bing search results to offer websites relevant to your search
  • BlackBerry Tag for sharing contacts, media, files and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) invites using NFC
  • Wi-Fi calling support
  • FM radio for the Curve 9360 and 9380
  • Special offers built in to BlackBerry Maps
  • BBM 6.1, which includes animated avatars, several new emoticons, colored chat bubbles and camera/display picture integration
  • BlackBerry Travel displays deals, can automatically scan trip details and pull them into the app
  • BlackBerry Traffic includes turn-by-turn voice navigation and estimated arrival times based on traffic information

Sound good, BlackBerry folk? RIM says that the BlackBerry 7.1 OS update will begin rolling out today and will be hitting various carriers over the coming weeks. As I said before, folks on Sprint should already be receiving the update to OS 7.1. Meanwhile, Verizon announced the updates for its own Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 last week, and although we've yet to get word from the carrier on when those upgrades will begin rolling out, a report from the folks at CrackBerry claims that the 7.1 push for Verizon's 9930 and 9850 will begin January 10th.

Via Inside BlackBerry, CrackBerry