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

BlackBerry 10.2.1 features a
 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.

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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14 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

3. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 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.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

You're right. Good to have BB10 around.

10. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

5. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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❕❕

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Also,, WP is actually clear for US, and Canadian, government use now. http://www.wpcentral.com/windowsphone-gets-all-nine-fips-140-2-certs

13. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 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. :)

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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❕

9. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

11. x78_nothing

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

14. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

12. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 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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