Research in Motion is rolling out a software update for BlackBerry users in the UK. No, it’s not BlackBerry 10no current handsets will get that as a software update. But BlackBerry 7.1 does include a number of nifty new features, and it’s available today for half a dozen existing phones including the latest BlackBerry Torch, Bold, and Curve devices.

BlackBerry 7.1 battery saving mode

BlackBerry 7.1 includes a number of improvements, including:

  • You can finally now use your phone as a mobile WiFi hotspot and share your 3G internet connection with up to 5 devices.
  • Mobile Media Server lets you stream games or videos to a TV screen.
  • Battery Saving Mode reduces power consumption when your battery is low.
  • BlackBerry Tag lets you share documents, photos, and other content with BBM contacts by tapping your phones with NFC chips.
  • BlackBerry 7.1 also adds FM Radio support to existing handsets.

If you’re in the UK you should be able to upgrade from BlackBerry 7.0 to 7.1 by installing an over-the-air update or using BlackBerry Desktop software.

via Geeky Gadgets

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