BlackBerry 10 Update Released

— January 28, 2014

BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 is a new software update for BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The update includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements that will make the things faster and easier and help users stay better connected. Select enhancements are:

•Customize pinch gesture to filter BlackBerry Hub: BlackBerry Hub enables access to all messages and notifications in one place. A new feature lets the user instantly filter the message list in the Hub and customize it to show only unread messages, flagged messages, draft messages, meeting invites, sent messages or level 1 alerts.

•Simplified phone experience: A new incoming call screen thatenables a swipe to the left to answer or swipe right to ignore; new intuitive icons allow users to instantly silence the call, or send a reply now response through BBM, SMS or email. A list of standard automated responses are available or respond with a personalized note.

•SMS and email groups: Create SMS and email groups for more efficient broadcast communications.

•Actionable lock screen notifications: “Tap to open” a message that appears on the lock screen to respond to an important message much quicker or to check messages more discreetly.

•Picture password for quick unlocking: Using a combination of a picture and a number (0-9) of choice, placed at a particular point on the image; when unlocking the phone, the picture will appear along with a grid of random numbers. To unlock, uers drag the grid so the number selected overlays the particular point on the image.

•Customizable quick settings menu: Customize what appears on the settings menu, which includes features such as being able to quickly change the brightness of the  display, toggle various network connections and access the built-in flashlight; plus instantly switch between personal and work perimeter.

•Offline Browser Reading Mode: Save the current web page for later viewing, even if when offline or without an Internet connection.

•Preferred contact sync: Sync source for contacts ensuring the the most up-to-date contact details. When adding a new contact sources to sync with can be designated, such as the corporate address book, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.

•Device and battery monitor:vA new and improved device monitor provides essential details on battery usage, the impact of installed apps on battery life and memory usage and storage, as well as CPU stats.

•Automatic software updates: OS updates can be set to happen automatically over a Wi-Fi connection to help ensure always benefiting from the latest and best possible customer experience.

•Enterprise features: When combined with BES10 version 10.2, enterprise customers will gain additional security features and IT policies for when more granular controls are required, such as for regulated industries and for organizations that work with sensitive data.

•FM Radio: With BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, the update unlocks the built-in FM radio in those handsets; does not require any network connection. 

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