BlackBerry Torch 9800 OS Update from AT&T (126.96.36.199) Speeds Up Software
A new BlackBerry Torch 9800 software update should notably improve the device's overall performance.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) and AT&T, the exclusive U.S. carrier for RIM’s new BlackBerry Torch 9800 slider smartphone, yesterday let me know that a new software update is available for the Torch, “BlackBerry 6” v 188.8.131.52 (Bundle v184.108.40.2065)
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 software update is available through both RIM and AT&T, and it supposedly significantly improves Torch performance.
“BlackBerry Torch customers who upgrade will benefit from overall system performance improvements, including:
Browser: faster page loading and improved panning
User input: handled more efficiently, improved responsiveness after unlocking device
Applications: faster launching, exiting and switching
Home Screen: faster rendering and smoother transitions when switching between panes
Media: faster rendering of thumbnails in picture application
Email/Messaging: faster and smoother scrolling in message list and when reading email
Voice-Software: improved audio quality
When I wrote my review of the BlackBerry Torch in August, I noted that though I appreciated the Torch hardware, the overall software experience was lacking, since the device seemed to lag and nearly freeze quite frequently. (The AT&T BlackBerry Torch originally shipped with OS v220.127.116.11, bundle v18.104.22.1688.) I haven’t downloaded this latest Torch 9800 software update yet, so I can’t vouch for RIM’s performance-improvement claims, but I will say such improvements would go a long way to resolving the issues I had with the device.
RIM says AT&T will push out the software update to users’ devices so they’ll see a home-screen icon when it’s available for download in the next week or so, but you can also grab BlackBerry 6 v22.214.171.124 for the Torch right now if you don’t want to wait. Grab the update via BlackBerry by opening up your Torch’s Options menu, then choosing Device and next selecting Software Updates. Click the Check for Updates option, and if the software is available, you should be able to download it from there. (Note: For whatever reason, I’ve been unable to download Torch 9800 OS v126.96.36.199 using the wireless update method.)
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.