Research In Motion has announced via their blog about the launch of the new BlackBerry 7.1 OS. Even though the bump in the OS version is quite minor, the BB 7.1 OS update does bring in quite a lot of new features and changes.
With BB 7.1, RIM finally allows users to use their BlackBerry handset as a Mobile Hotspot. Other new features include FM radio support on Curve 9360 and 9380, universal search throughout the OS (finally!), the ability to share contacts, media file and even invite friends to BBM via NFC, dubbed as BlackBerry Tag by RIM. The BBM client, BlackBerry Travel, Traffic and the BlackBerry Maps app have also been updated to the latest version.
In the United States and other regions of the world where applicable, BB owners would also be able to make calls via Wi-Fi, if their network operator allows for it.
RIM has already started rolling out the BB OS 7.1 update to carriers all around the world beginning from today and will continue the roll-out in the coming weeks as well.