Verizon has released a firmware update for the BlackBerry Storm2 which promises a number of fixes and enhancements, but some users are reporting that OS 188.8.131.525 may bring as many new problems as it cures. According to the changelog, owners can expect quicker boot ups, smoother transitions between cell towers, better audio in calls and with DRM-shackled video, as well as improved video playback of “protected content” and through headsets. Improvements were also made to the text messaging client, and Verizon included a new feature allowing widgets to be downloaded from V Cast Apps; apparently the widgets deliver various bits of live content.
Despite these seemingly positive changes, this build is apparently experiencing the same problems as the version which had been leaked prior to this release: a reported speaker pop when the headphone port powers up, flashing media bar, and broken “bedside mode” are some of the problems forum commenters have noted so far. And while the update does apparently address several longstanding issues, others — like widely-known emoticon wonkiness — continue to appear in release after release.
The upgrade can be installed by downloading directly from Verizon, and should only be installed on Storm2 9550 handsets, not by owners of the foreign 9520 variant.