BlackBerry 7.1 OS lands in Australia

The new OS will be available via Optus and Vodafone

The BlackBerry 7.1 operating system (OS) is now available for download in Australia from Optus and Vodafone.

The updated OS by Research In Motion, which rolled out in other countries from mid-April 2012, is compatible with BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9860 and 9810, and Curve 9360.

Its new features include ‘BlackBerry Tag’ for near field communication (NFC)-enabled BlackBerry smartphones, a mobile hotspot for up to five WiFi-enabled devices, and Liquid Graphics.

The BlackBerry 7.1, along with its BlackBerry 7 OS predecessor, have been evaluated and approved for government use by the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) of the Australian government.

The DSD certification guarantees the OSes meet the security standards of the Australian and New Zealand governments.

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