Happy weekend everyone. Hope your week wasn’t too stressful. I am pretty sure this weekend is pretty much for relaxing and watching soccer. Anyways, I wouldn’t take much of your time with this post and we will be continuing from Last week’s post; Blackberry and this week we will be talking about different Operating Systems (OS), features and applications. So Lets go:
We all know, and for the sake of people that don’t know, when you purchase a blackberry, It comes with an OS (either 5 or 6) like in the older models and OS 7 in the newer models. Each OS can be upgraded, some to a different version for example; from OS 5.0.1 to 5.2.1 while other from OS 5 to OS 6. Apart from the OS, It also comes with Pre-installed applications and services. Pre-installed, in layman terms means it comes with the phone.
PRE-INSTALLED APPS AND SERVICES
DOCUMENTS TO GO®
Did you know that apart from using your blackberry to check and send e-mails, you can Create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs, and view PDF docs anywhere, anytime from your blackberry? If you knew, good for you. If you did not know, don’t feel bad. Simply go to Applications, and select Word to go for creating and editing a word document, Sheet to Go if you want to do some spreadsheet calculations and slideshow to Go for PowerPoint Presentations.
You can Stay up-to-date with your social networks and receive the latest news and information from your favourite blogs and websites through RSS feeds.
With BBM features built right into many of your favourite applications, you can share or chat with your BBM friends while you’re in the app.
Your BlackBerry ID is your master key to BlackBerry products, sites, services and applications
HEADACHES OF BLACKBERRY USERS
Most blackberry users always complain that their blackberry devices are slow or always hanging or both. Here are a few ways to make the frustration go away.
Check Your Device’s Available Space
It’s always a good idea to periodically check how much memory is left on your device. This is a fairly simple procedure. Here’s how:
For OS 6 and OS 7
Go to ‘Options’ > Scroll down to and select ‘Device’ > Scroll down to and select ‘Device and Status Information’ > Scroll down to ‘Device Information’ > your ‘Free Memory’ will be shown in bytes.
For OS 5 devices
Go to Options > Status > File Free tells you how much free space your device has in bytes.
Close Applications Running in Background
Often times, a device will lag because applications that weren’t closed down properly are still running in the background. Checking this regularly is also a great way to maintain speed and performance. Here’s how:
For OS 6 and OS 7 devices
From your home screen, press the BlackBerry button and select ‘Switch Application.’ You can also press and hold the BlackBerry button to get the same effect. As you can see below, this will display all of your applications that are currently running in the background. Go into each application and close them manually to ensure they are exited properly.
For OS 5 devices
From your home screen, press the BlackBerry button twice to display an options menu. From there, scroll down to ‘Switch Application’. This will display all applications that are currently running on your phone. Go to each application and exit from them properly.
Clear Your Event Log. Often.
Your BlackBerry stores everything. When you opened an app, when you closed an app, mobile websites you’ve visited, what you’ve downloaded, what you’ve deleted, etc. That’s a lot of information to be storing. Here’s a quick way to clear out all of that wasted space:
Hold down the ‘alt’ key and type ‘LGLG’ (lower case, without quotes). This will take you directly to your device’s Event Log. From there, press the BlackBerry button and select ‘Clear Log.’ This operation is the same for both OS 5 and 6.
Enable Automatic Memory Cleaning
For OS 6 and OS 7 devices
Go to ‘Options’ > Scroll to and select ‘Security’ > ‘Advanced Security Settings’ > Scroll to ‘Memory Cleaning’ > Select the box beside ‘Enable’ to enable regular memory cleaning.
For OS 5 devices
Go to ‘Options’ > Scroll to and select ‘Security Options’ > Scroll to and select ‘Advanced Security Options’ > Select ‘Memory Cleaning’ > You’ll see a drop-down menu, select ‘Enable’.
Clear Your Cache
Much like your desktop browser, you BlackBerry’s browser also stores content cache which can take up a lot of unnecessary space. It’s a good idea to do this often, depending on how much you use your BlackBerry for internet browsing.
For OS 6 and OS 7 devices
Open your browser > Press the BlackBerry button to reveal a menu > Select ‘Options’ > Scroll down to the bottom where it says ‘Clear Browsing Data’ (shown below) make sure the box beside ‘Cache’ is checked > Select ‘Clear Now’.
For OS 5 devices
Open your browser > Press the BlackBerry button to reveal a menu > Select ‘Options’ > Select ‘Cache Operations’ > Under ‘Content Cache’ you will see a ‘Clear’ button. Select ‘Clear’.
MORE ABOUT THE OS
Like I mentioned earlier, we have different OS and we will briefly talk about them. Starting from the oldest
Flag for Follow up: By applying different colours, you can assign due dates, set reminders and more, so you can easily stay on top of all your important email messages.
Forward Appointments: you can forward a calendar entry from the email message list or directly from the calendar and make sure the right people are there.
Viewing Attachments: you can open attachments from calendar entries in formats like JPEG, PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Remote File Access: you can Find, open, view, edit, save, or email your JPEG, PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly from your BlackBerry Smartphone.
BlackBerry Map Display – Access maps, zoom in for a closer look, and plan your route faster than you could before. You can also place your cursor over an unlabeled street to make the name pop up.
Automatic Address Detection – Simply click on an address is displayed in an email or on a web page to view the location with BlackBerry Maps.
Points of Interest – View points of interest like hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers, get directions from one to the other, and see ratings and reviews all on BlackBerry Maps.
Navigation – Find your current location, search for an address from your contact list, or get directions to the company party from your pre-stored “work” or “home” location, all in one place.
Photo Geotagging – View pictures you’ve taken while on the go – your geotagged photos appear as a layer on your map so you can view them as thumbnail images in BlackBerry Maps
BlackBerry OS 6
In addition to the features of OS 5;
Social feeds and views
See all your social and RSS feeds in one place. Type an update once and send it to one, all or select networks.
Faster, richer web browsing
Pages load quickly, and there’s tabbed browsing so you can have multiple web pages open at once.
Now you can search everything on your smartphone at once—and even reach out to the web too.
Power up for the first time and see a short intro video, then go straight to setting up and personalizing.
Easy multitasking and smart organization. It’s easier than ever to use your smartphone.
Near Field Communication (NFC)
With Near Field Communication (NFC)2 built right in, you can get information and link up with other NFC-enabled devices or authentic BlackBerry accessories—all with a single tap. It sounds crazy right? Try it and see it for yourself.
You can also with BlackBerry Tag, which is available with BlackBerry 7.1(an upgrade from 7.0), you can invite a friend to BBM and share an app from BlackBerry App World, videos, pictures and music by aligning the backs of any two NFC enabled BlackBerry smart phones.
You can now check to see which of your BBM friends are nearby. You can also read reviews on restaurants you just passed and get the story behind an interesting landmark.
With speech-to-text translation feature, you can search for files, emails, contacts, music and more—all without typing a thing on your BlackBerry Smartphone and even search the web.
Auto suggest via Universal Search
You can find what you need, and sometimes things you didn’t even know you wanted, with the auto suggest feature in Universal Search. It filters local search results and suggested Bin web search terms with each key stroke.
In addition to the features of OS 5 and 6;
With BlackBerry Tag, simply tap your Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled BlackBerry Smartphone against another NFC-enabled BlackBerry Smartphone to:
- Invite a friend to BBM
- Exchange contact information
- Share an app from BlackBerry App World™ storefront
- Share working files, videos, pictures, music and voice notes
- Permanently pair your BlackBerry Smartphone with your NFC-enabled Bluetooth® device
FAST BLACKBERRY BROWSER
It is the most powerful BlackBerry Browser to date, it supports HTML5 videos, and a page loads 40% faster than that of BlackBerry OS 6. That is to say, if it takes 10 seconds for a page to load on OS 6, it will take approximately 6 seconds to load on OS7. Amazing right?
Have you ever being in a situation when you need Internet services desperately and you can’t seem to find a Wi-Fi Hotspot? Now you can simply turn on Mobile Hotspot on your BlackBerry Smartphone, found under Manage Connections, and create a hotspot. Pretty convenient yeah? You can then share it by connecting up to five Wi-Fi devices at once and also make calls over Wi-Fi instead of using your plan’s minutes 😉
If you are a football lover, then you will love this.
With EPL kicking off this weekend, what better way than to keep tabs on the results than with your BlackBerry. The Sky Sports Live Football Score Centre is the perfect way to keep up to date with how your team is doing. You can download it from BlackBerry App World it will provide you will extensive coverage of every football match in England and Europe’s top leagues as well as European Cups and international fixtures.
If only certain matches are of interest then fear not – The ‘My Scores’ feature will allow you to follow specific matches and in addition you can personalise your home screen to flag up important information. With built in notifications you will be kept up to date will the entire important goings on straight to your BlackBerry inbox. Does it get any better than that?
Features of the app:
- Live scores
- Live text commentary
- Live League tables
- Live Match stats
- Live match photos
- Player profiles
- Team line-ups and formations
- ‘My Scores’
- In game notifications
- Fixtures to Calendar entries
We have reached the end of this week’s post. Hope you enjoyed it. Watch this space next week for another post. Thank You and God Bless.