BlackBerry 10.2.1 gets pushed out by AT&T for the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10
BlackBerry 10.2.1 will also make the audio on BBM Voice and BBM Video sound like you're chatting with a person in the same room as you, thanks to BlackBerry Natural Sound. Actionable lock screen notifications will allow you to respond to an important message quickly, with a mere tap of the screen. To unlock your 'Berry quicker, you can use a picture password which lets you combine a picture and a number (0-9) to get access to your phone.
BlackBerry 10.2.1 will also make it easier for BlackBerry users to monitor their battery life to see which apps are eating away at the cell powering their 'Berry. And of course, the update also improves the AndroidRunTime on the phone, allowing more Android apps to be used, with a better experience.
AT&T suggests that you have your battery charged to at least 50% when downloading and installing the update, which can take all of 15 minutes to 30 minutes to complete. You should also be on a Wi-Fi network, although the carrier says that the process of updating the software on your BlackBerry will not count against your monthly bucket of data. If you're the impatient sort, you can try to see if the update is available to you by swiping downward on the home screen, and going to Settings>Software Updates>Check for Updates.
1. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Yeah I used my friend's BB phone and I was surprised by the outstanding audio quality. I guess it was because of the Natural Sound thing mentioned here?
I find the Blackberry touch phones severely underrated. If they just lower all their phone prices by 100$ or so I could see myself buying BB devices.
4. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1677; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
The OS is fantastic, but they could use a Z30-sized phone with updated internals.
2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 6837; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
"A new app that makes it easier to bring all of your data from another platform to a new BlackBerry phone"
I don't see that app getting much use. What can Blackberry possibly offer to make users switch from other platforms?
6. SleekGeek (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
One: A more advanced OS
Two: Stunning UI. The swipe gestures used throughout the User Interface is nothing short of awesome.
Three: BlackBerry Hub. This interesting take on the infamous "Notifications Hub" works extremely well, can be accessed from just about anywhere in the phone without having to close an app or exit the Web Browser, and is superior to the average notifications center, IMHO.
Four: The Web Browser. The BB10 browser is the only native web browser on a mobile phone that still plays flash content. It offers the BEST web experience on a smartphone to date.
Five: Superior multitasking. There are 2 or so smartphone platforms that just don't get multitasking right in this day and age. The multitasking on a BB10 handset is the best on a smartphone, with the possible exception being Android.
Six: Downloading Android APK'S over the air. This feature helps BlackBerry eliminate the "app gap". And with the updated Android runtime, Android apps apps run quite smoothly. I must confess though, even with the updated Android runtime, most of my apps are native BlackBerry apps, as BlackBerry World has some nice alternative 3rd party apps.
Seven: BlackBerry makes the best messaging handsets in the world. Emails, BBM, text messaging, all flawless on a BB10 handset.
Eight: Speed. Navigating around a BB10 handset is a joy, and one of the reasons is how fast you can do it. With the OS optimized to run on the hardware, it makes it even faster.
Nine: Native file manager. Seriously, a smartphone can hardly be called a smartphone without a native file manager.
Ten: Security. I feel comfortable and safe knowing that I am using the most secure OS on a mobile platform. No other modern OS can claim this.
Eleven: Productivity. I can get more done faster with a BB10 handset.
That's just a few of the things that have kept me with my BlackBerry 10 smartphone, and could tempt someone to switch. You want a smartphone with the most advanced, most secure OS around? Get a BB10 handset.
5. realtrevor (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)
American carriers are really sabotaging BlackBerry, some are only releasing this update now, while we received it months ago in other parts of the world?
7. SleekGeek (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
It's a real shame that AT&T has taken this long to get this update out to its BlackBerry 10 users. BlackBerry needs to bypass all carriers when it comes to updates, the same way Apple does. I'm not an Apple fan in the least, but they got this part right.
8. xq10xa (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Yay now the 30 people with Blackberry can rejoice.