For the long suffering Storm owners in the U.S. waiting for Verizon to issue another OS upgrade (the last one was version .75 sent back in December), it has been a long wait indeed. We have been told by a person who works for Verizon Wireless President and CEO Lowell McAdam to expect a massive upgrade soon. The importance of this pending upgrade on the device is huge. New features, such as a virtual QWERTY in portrait mode, a green "Go" button on the browser and a newly upgraded cut and paste function are expected in the next version of the OS along with fixes that make the handset seem like a whole new phone, according to those who have downloaded it. Browser, camera and accelerometer speeds are many times faster than what is seen in the current Verizon version of the phone. Despite the lukewarm reviews and the criticism Big Red and RIM took for seemingly releasing the Storm before a final version was ready for the market, the phone is extremely popular and the latest NPD ratings have it third in smartphone sales in the U.S. in Q1 this year. If that performance could be achieved with a phone that has been called sluggish and buggy, imagine what might happen if a new OS for the 9530 was to be finally approved by the carrier.
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