Research In Motion (RIM) is constantly developing and testing new software and applications for your Black Berry.
Keeping up to date with the newest operating system (OS) software for your smartphone ensures that you have access to all the latest and greatest features and performance tweaks.
To start a new operating system install, you'll need your Black Berry, an Internet-connected PC, a USB cable and about an hour and half of free time—50 minutes or an hour for the upgrade process and 30 minutes or catch-up time afterwards.
Mac users beware: RIM doesn't currently offer the Black Berry Desktop Manager software for Apple computers; however, industrious Mac owners running Parallels and who have a copy of Windows have been able to upgrade their Black Berrys via Macs, though the process can be a bit clumsy.
If you've got all the necessary tools listed above, the Black Berry OS install process should be a breeze. First things first, you'll want to download the new Black Berry OS and save it to your PC.
To determine what OS version you're currently running, click the Options icon on your Black Berry home screen and select About.
Find out more on this page: Beginning September 2, the Black Berry Curve 8520 receives a a software update to 184.108.40.2060.
With the official release of Black Berry OS v4.5 on the horizon—various beta, or test, versions of the software are already bouncing around the Web—we thought this would be a great time for a Black Berry OS tutorial.
What follows is our step-by-step guide on how to upgrade your Black Berry's OS, or install a different version, as well as how to prepare beforehand to make the process run as smoothly as possible.
Your carrier may ask you to login to download the software, so you might need to create an online account if you haven't already done so.
Your OS version will be listed as a series of numbers after a lowercase V (v220.127.116.11) on the first screen.
You can also employ the Help Me screen shortcut to determine your current OS version by hitting ALT, SHIFT and the letter H.