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BlackBerry 10.3 leaks, reveals new features

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BlackBerry 10.3 leaks, reveals new features
BlackBerry 10.3 has leaked, and some new features and capabilities have been revealed. While it didn't work on the leaked version of the OS, it seems that BlackBerry will be getting its own voice activated virtual assistant. We wonder what the name will be! With a new black and red color scheme for 10.3, there will be changes made to the QWERTY keyboard (see the slideshow). And to save battery life, the screen will be turned off when the phone is upside down or is in your pocket. BlackBerry has given the controls and buttons throughout the OS, a new minimalist style.

The BlackBerry camera will have some new features in 10.3, including a working native panoramic setting, and a timer will be included for self photographs. After the update, BlackBerry 10 users will be able to capture 720p video in 30fps and 60fps. And multiple exposures using HDR will be suggested when conditions are favorable for it to be employed.

The update will allow the browser to minimize or maximize applications almost instantly, which is said to greatly improve the browsing experience on BlackBerry 10. And the new build of BlackBerry 10 will include a Smart Search feature.

Check out some screenshots of BlackBerry 10.3 by viewing the slideshow below.


source: ZonaBlackBerry (translated) via BerryReview

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posted on 24 Mar 2014, 02:56 8

1. Penny (Posts: 1200; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I have to say, I've always liked BlackBerry 10. It has a very sensible UI and some great, functional features. Would love to have a Z10 or other BB10 device to really play with thoroughly.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 03:00 1

3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5579; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I like BlackBerry 10, but it has less apps so I don't know what I'm gonna do if I'm using a BlackBerry. Their next flagship isn't here yet so...I don't know I should give BlackBerry a try or not, I'm worried that I can't even use it for a year because of the less apps on the BB App World.

Any BlackBerry users here that switched from Android or iOS? Can any of you tell me that how is it and are those popular must have apps and games like Line, Wechat, Youtube, Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2 etc. are available in the BB App World?

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 03:08 3

4. Penny (Posts: 1200; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I personally don't care about apps so much. Don't spend TOO much time on my phone, so core OS features and functionality are far more important. That's what I'm going to be using 90% of the time I'm on the device.

If anything, my only worry with getting a BlackBerry device is that the company could go out of business or pull out of the industry and leave you high and dry in terms of updates and support. They've already downsized so much that future development must have been drastically impacted in terms of scope and time to market.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 04:56 3

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3454; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Did you know bb10 has .apk support

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 06:16 1

11. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


ive used the 10 befor and its a great platform, but im a power user the specs is let down comparing it to sonyz2 s4 htc1 n3

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 07:42 2

14. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


BB10 now has the ability to download .APK's straight from the browser. So any app that BlackBerry App World have proper, you can download an Android app. They've updated their emulator to JB.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 09:02 2

16. cen89 (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


There's an app called Snap, which is a Google play client, so you will find all Android apps in it, the most important for some people like Instagram, Netflix and others works great because BB10 have APK compatibility with an Android Runtime.
For Line and You Tube you can download the android versions. For Asphalt 8 and We chat you will find those directly in blackberry world.
I've been using BB10 for a year, no regrets, it's an awesome OS and is getting mature with time.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:35

17. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5579; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Sounds good, thanks for the explanation. I just hope that BlackBerry's next flagship will come quickly, I want to see what they will bring to the table.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:33 1

19. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Wechat and Asphalt 8 are native BB10 apps, the others can be downloaded over the air via Android apk or an app called "Snap", which is a Google Play Store client. You should definitely consider giving BB10 a try. As a longtime BlackBerry user and current BB10 user, I can honestly say you will love it.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 20:02 1

21. Sesameopen (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Its very easy to sideload, and it is exactly like the android experience if you use nova launcher or something. I'm surprised not many people have used BB10, and if you do, you'll feel just like home, I personally use my q10 as a daily driver now.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 02:59 2

2. Duketytz (Posts: 504; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Hmm voice assistant too? Personally I think voice assistant is kind of overrated since many probably just use it once or twice for its gimmickry and not anymore after that.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 14:01

27. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I don't think BB have extra money to do voice assistant. They were almost bankrupt, and firing lots of employee, and selling lots of their building/land.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 03:23

5. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 381; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


The OS features and function suit me more than any other OS, especially the fast multitasking. The desgin though looks really crap and I really care about that, plus no idea where Blackberry will be in a couple of years..good luck to blackberry..

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 03:26

6. ScottSchneider (Posts: 319; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


The Lift to wake is a good function. does anyother phone have this ?
And someone is a fan of Skrillex...

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 04:13

7. mariosraptor (Posts: 110; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


superb news from BB. my support for them is granted a long time ago and will continue

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 04:58

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3454; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I love blackberry's gesture heavy UI

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 05:52

10. abhi24 (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Mar 2014)


Switched to z10 from xperia play. It's my first BlackBerry and I duly love it. Don't know why, but despite the fact I love trying new apps, I am simply not fond of android. When it comes to gaming, an ipod touch is way smoother n better than any android flagship. And when it comes to social networking n emails, bb10 hub works perfectly. True, android packs more punch in one package, but it's far from perfect than what fandroids show off. Ads pasted all over the place, n no pause or resume on game DLCs ruins the fun now n then.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 06:20

12. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1963; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Looks good :)

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 06:44

13. Lt.Green (Posts: 388; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Cool, the Z3 will be better than I expected.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 13:59

25. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


The Z3 is bad product. It is NOT REAL bb. It is DESIGNED AND BUILD by FOXCON. It should be BRANDED FOXCON instead of BB.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 08:53

15. tenzin (Posts: 90; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


I switched after 10 droids and wp to BlackBerry 10 and do not regret, gesture os is on higher level then wp ios and android also real multitasking makes this os the best at the moment. The other thing is that I got 3 useful updates since I bought my BlackBerry z30 in December

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:25 1

18. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


BlackBerry 10 handsets are amazing. From the gesture heavy UI(which is flat out better than any other UI on any other platform, IMHO), to the incredible multitasking(only Android offers multitasking that is on par with BB10), to the amazingly useful updates(there have been 3 so far, each one far better than the last). The "flick" gesture on the keyboard is awesome, and touch screen BB10 devices have the best touch screen keyboards around. The way the OS is optimized for the hardware makes the speed of getting around the device on par with quad-core handsets. Being able to download and run Android apk's over the air is like the icing on the cake, really taking care of the "app gap". Don't get me wrong, though. I would much rather native apps for BB10, but this will do in a pinch. BlackBerry's were already the best messaging devices around, and with the advent of BB10, they have become even better. BlackBerry 10 is really the best OS out today, IMHO, and it keeps getting better. For those of you who have never tried a BB10 device before, or have only used a demo unit at a retail store, I invite you to truly try an amazing OS(and what I mean by "truly try" is try it longer than a week or two). You will be pleasantly surprised.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 17:40 1

20. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Who still uses BlackBerry anyway.... Lame

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 14:00

26. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


So true.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 20:23

22. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


i love to use the BBM, it has a nice black interface, however, not much of my friens are using it, so i got no one to talk to using BBM.... :-(

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 13:58

24. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I really hate BBM. BBM using a random alphanumeric dinasours technology that were awkward and uneasy to use. What's App is easier to use. Phone number. When I add a new phone number to my Android (REAL) smartphone, I would know if that number using whatsapp. Or, if my old friend suddenly use whatsapp, it will automagically appear on WhatsApp.

BBM?... who still using it anymore?

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 22:47

23. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


There are many people on this site that ONLY Comment negatively when a BlackBerry article goes up. Don't you haters have anything better to do with your life? It's really lame that this is all you do on site that offers so many other articles about other operating systems. I think you are all closet BlackBerry lovers. How else do you explain your constant commenting on articles about something you claim you don't like?

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