BlackBerry Buzz: VZ Navigator Updated; Opera Mini Coming


It’s Tuesday and that can only mean it’s time for our weekly feature, the BlackBerry Buzz. Verizon (s vz) has long pushed the Navigator service, no doubt thanks to the $9.99 monthly fee. Navigator offers turn-by-turn navigation powered by Telecommunication Systems (s tcs), formerly Networks in Motion. The new version 5 of the Navigator service adds the welcome ability to have routes streamed in progress, so no more waiting for the entire route to download prior to heading out. It also integrates with Facebook if desired and has an improved interface, according to Verizon. Navigator version 5 is initially only available on the BlackBerryCurve 8530 smartphone, Storm, Storm 2, LG enVTouch, HTC Touch Pro2 and Samsung Omnia.

Opera Mini is coming to the App World this quarter. Opera Mini is the version of the mobile browser that is designed for optimal use on non-touch screen phones. The inclusion of Opera in the App World demonstrates the benefits of Rsearch In Motion (s rimm) and its openness for allowing competing technology into the store.

RIM has pushed an update to the Windows version of the BlackBerry Media Sync app. The new app sports a better interface and improved photo synchronization. There is no Mac (s aapl) update yet, but PC users can either update through Media Sync or by visiting the Media Sync site.

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