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New in BlackBerry 7

BlackBerry 7 includes a number of exciting new features and services, as well as some enhancements to existing features.

BlackBerry ID

A BlackBerry ID is an email and password that you create that gives you convenient access to BlackBerry products and services. After you create your BlackBerry ID, you can log in to any BlackBerry product that supports BlackBerry ID. For example, with BlackBerry ID you can manage apps that you downloaded from the BlackBerry App World storefront and keep apps you downloaded when you switch smartphones. For more information, see About the BlackBerry ID.

Voice enabled search

Looking for something? You can now use your voice to search for help, contacts, documents, pictures, videos, and more on your BlackBerry smartphone and on the Internet. For more information, see Search for an item using voice enabled search.

Home screen customization

Customize the home screen even more by hiding panels you don't use regularly, and hiding icons in specific panels or all panels. For more information, see Show or hide a home screen panel and Show, hide, or find an application icon.

Compass application

Easily determine your direction in relation to the Earth's magnetic poles or to true north. You can also use the compass with location-based applications (such as the Maps application) to find directions by using coordinates. For more information, see Compass.

NFC technology

NFC technology allows you to quickly exchange information between your smartphone and smart accessories, smart payment terminals, smart access points, and smart tags. When you tap the NFC smart tag reader of your smartphone against a smart tag, you can see information such as web addresses, coupons, graphics, media files, and event details. For more information, see NFC technology.

Touch-free call answering

You don't need to use your hands to answer calls when you use a Bluetooth enabled headset or a wired headset! Now you can set your smartphone to answer calls automatically after 5 seconds. For more information, see Change how you answer calls with a headset.

Bluetooth enhancements

You can now send multiple pictures at once using Bluetooth technology. For more information, see Send a file.

Conveniently send and receive a contact card (also known as a vCard) using Bluetooth technology, and save the received contact card into your smartphone's contact list. For more information, see Send and receive a contact card using Bluetooth technology.

Picture enhancements

When you rotate pictures in JPEG and PNG formats, the pictures are saved automatically in the rotated view.

Sort pictures from either newest to oldest, or oldest to newest, to see a slide show in the order that pictures were taken.

You can now view pictures in a slide show using transitions such a sliding, zooming, and panning. For more information, see Change your slide show options.

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