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Research in Motion begins BlackBerry 7.1 software update with NFC technology

03 May 2012
RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360

Research in Motion (RIM) had confirmed that the BlackBerry 7.1 software update is now available for UK customers with its Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and 9860 and Curve 9360 and 9380 smartphones.

The firm said the update is available now over the air or through the BlackBerry Desktop Software and includes the ability for users to turn their devices into mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that can be used by up to five other devices.

The update also offers its BlackBerry Tag tool that brings near field communication (NFC) capabilities to the device and allows information, pictures and documents to be shared simply by touching two devices together.

RIM also touted a new Battery Saving Mode feature that has been added to improve the battery life of the devices by allowing users to set the device to automatically switch to adjusted power settings.

This includes reducing the brightness level, backlight timeout settings and shutting down the mobile hotspot functionality after a set time.

The firm also said that those with the Curve 9360 or 9380 smartphone will also receive an FM radio application that will provide the ability to tune in to local FM radio stations without requiring access to data services.

RIM will be hoping the updates helps its customers remain loyal to its device as it faces an increasingly tough time in the market due to competition from Android and iPhone devices.

Earlier this week the firm showed off its BlackBerry 10 platform at its annual BlackBerry World conference that is designed to merge the software of its smartphones and tablets in order to help reestablish itself as a major player in both markets.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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