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BlackBerry 10.2.1 features a "Floating Action Bar" that gives users a back button

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 BlackBerry Product Manager Michael Clewley's BBM Channel has tipped one of the features coming to BlackBerry 10.2.1. The Canadian OEM will add a "Floating Action Bar" above the keyboard. BlackBerry says that some BlackBerry 10 users, not used to the Gesture based UI, were finding themselves lost on certain pages.

A Floating Action Bar is coming to BlackBerry

A Floating Action Bar is coming to BlackBerry

Perhaps the most important action being added with the feature is the back button, although there are other common actions that will be offered by the bar. After the update comes to your BlackBerry 10 device, you will have to turn it on in "options". The floating bar will be available on specific screens, and with some pages you will have to hide the keyboard so that it won't cover up action bars used on other applications.

Surely many of you BlackBerry 10 users have had times when you wished that a back button was available. Now, it looks like your wish will come true once BlackBerry 10.2.1 is released. The update is also expected to bring an improved Android Runtime, which should allow more Android apps to run on your BlackBerry 10 device.

source: BlackBerryItalia.it (translated) via BerryReview

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posted on 19 Jan 2014, 13:46

1. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Hmm, this actually lends credence to the rumor that they might actually be going droid in the future. With the addition of that back button and that context menu in the floating bar, it might as well be droid. This will likely homogenize slowly the two experiences and allow them to switch to their flavor of droid easier than just a direct jump.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 14:55

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Blackberry Android would be cool. Z10 and Z30 are solidly built and software, well they can build smooth and polished OS which has some pretty clever and well thought touches. Android would be great platform for Blackberry engineers and Play Store would solve app problem. But BB10 is great OS, so would be bad if it died.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 15:16 5

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

BlackBerry is not going Android. Android isn't the saviour of everything. I wish people would get that already. John Chen is very much for making BB10 a success. And rightfully so. I'm a huge fan of Android, but I don't think the whole mobile space should be Android. That would make for a very boring mobile space indeed.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 15:32 1

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

You're right. Good to have BB10 around.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 19:57 1

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

Well said! Too many Android fans feel that Android is not the savior of all. There are many OEM's that are using Android and their sales are consistently going down. John Chen is committed to the success of BB10, and he definitely has the company moving in the right direction. The more OS's we have out there to choose from, the better.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 15:54 1

5. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)

Hahaha agreed. I'm for all platforms_ MS WP my favorite. However BB is the most secure. So tight in fact its the only government issued for high level security devices to date. Merging with Android an open source & having to pay royalties just make a device out the gate is a joke.
Someone please give Android fanboys something new in the digital world to play with. Their trolling on everything is so old its starting make me think they really are that simple minded.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:17 2

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Very, very, very, extremely well said❕❕
Their platforms popularity is negatively, immaturely, pathetically, unnecessarily having a bad affect on their ego..
Nevertheless, not all Android fans act this way, and that should be mentioned..

I promise them this though...
1. Nothing "good" last forever.
2. The bigger you are the harder you fall.
3...... Karmas' a serious biach❕..

That⬆⬆⬆ was also very well said... Lol❕❕

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:26

8. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Also,, WP is actually clear for US, and Canadian, government use now.


posted on 29 Jan 2014, 20:07 1

13. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)

As a fan of BlackBerry and Android, it's amazing how much BlackBerry has leveraged Android within BB10 and still managed to reach that level of security. Hats off to them. :)

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 16:21 2

7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

It's great to see that BB still has life, and I hope that they pick up the pace one day.. BB is a terrific option, and I see a lot of quality here.. I actually like BB10 a lot more than some older, outdated, boring conventional, inside the box platforms that are popular today...

Just my honest to god opinion that can't be f#$##d with❕

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 18:09

9. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

I really enjoyed Blackberry 10 for the brief time I had it. I returned my Z10 back to T Mobile during the grace period when it appeared in the news that BB10 was a major failure. After that I knew that I wouldn't be seeing any more apps. Pity.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 20:31

11. x78_nothing (Posts: 53; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

seems like 2014 good time to release lowend BB10 Jakarta aand two highend BB ontario and windemere. BB10 Os is too good to die, soo efficient os compare to ios.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 17:35

14. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)

I agree wholeheartedly! I don't want to see it go the way of WebOS. It's truly far better already in a year than Web OS was at it's fall. It was good, but BlackBerry10 is way better.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 21:59 1

12. digicon (Posts: 121; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)

The Android Runtime allows BlackBerry10 to run Android programmed apps. They don't need to "Go" Android, just use their apps . . .

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