Verizon expected to release firmware update for BlackBerry Storm

Rumors begin to circulate that Verizon Wireless will soon release a firmware update for the BlackBerry Storm to fix bugs and improve performance.

RIM BlackBerry Storm
RIM BlackBerry Storm James Martin/CBS Interactive

The RIM BlackBerry Storm has been out for about two weeks now, and the reviews of the first touch-screen BlackBerry have been mixed, skewing slightly more on the negative side. While the touch screen and features list get a thumbs up, there have been numerous complaints about the sluggish performance (check out the CNET user reviews for a sampling), but it looks like there might be a fix coming soon.

Verizon Wireless is expected to release a firmware update 4.7.0.75 for the BlackBerry Storm, though there's a bit of confusion as to the exact release date. Engadget Mobile reports that the official release will come on Saturday, while the Boy Genius Report says it could come as early as Friday afternoon. BGR actually got its hands on the update early and said it improved some issues, such as better accelerometer performance (switching from portrait to landscape mode) and improved battery life, while other problems remained and new ones cropped up. You can read more about BGR's experience here.

We'll keep you updated on the official release, but if any BlackBerry Storm users have already found and tried out the firmware update, we'd love to hear about your experience.

Correction: Engadget Mobile first reported that the release would come on Friday and not Saturday. We apologize for the error.

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