BlackBerry 10.3.1 is here, bringing BlackBerry Assistant, BlackBerry Blend and more

BlackBerry 10.3.1 is here, bringing BlackBerry Assistant, BlackBerry Blend and more
The BlackBerry 10.3.1 update is now rolling out globally for BlackBerry 10 devices like the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Z3, BlackBerry Q10 and the BlackBerry Q5. The update is also on the way to the Porsche Design P'9982 and Porsche Design P'9983. What about the BlackBerry Classic you ask? That model came with BlackBerry 10.3.1 out of the box.

So what new features are coming with the update? Well first of all, it comes with BlackBerry Assistant. This is a voice-activated personal assistant similar to Siri, Google Now and Cortana. BlackBerry Blend allows you to access the contents of your BlackBerry phone on a computer or tablet. This includes your documents, calendar, contacts and media. BlackBerry 10.3.1 also adds the Amazon Appstore giving BlackBerry users a place to find popular Android apps.

BlackBerry 10.3.1 brings the BlackBerry Hub with Instant Actions. This is where you will organize all of your conversations including phone calls, BBM, email, text and social media. Instant Actions allows you to get your Inbox in order without having to go through each individual message. And if you're composing an email, you can quickly change your mode of communication to a phone call, SMS or meeting invitation. Keyboard shortcuts, like the ones on the BlackBerry Classic, are now available for the rest of the BlackBerry 10 lineup that sports a physical QWERTY. Nearly every letter can be used as a shortcut, helping you navigate through your phone easier.

The update can improve your battery life by up to 15% when you customize the Power Saving Profile. You can determine which features will be turned off when your battery life hits a certain level, in order to stretch out your remaining battery life. When using the camera, your phone will now recommend certain features like HDR when sharp contrast is detected. You can now take video and still pictures at the same time. The most widely used features on your camera now come right to the forefront.

Other new features allow you to Favorite songs, video and photos so you can always have them at your fingertips. Videos can be viewed in slow motion, and the Story Maker lets you share your tale with the world. Meeting Mode silences your phone and puts it in Quiet Mode for the duration of your meeting. And BBM Meetings lets you host, schedule or participate in a conference whenever you have a connection to the internet.

BlackBerry 10.3.1 is now rolling out in the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. After you play around with it for a while, let us know what you think of the latest BlackBerry 10 build by dropping your comments in the box below.

via: Crackberry

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43 Comments

43. allashadyu

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

I'm quite distressed regarding the battery saver, saves your battery like 10% only and I'm not happy. And when waking up your phone via swipe to unlock is kinda laggy. Irritating.

42. allashadyu

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

Available here, Philippines. Downloaded and installed the update via OTA. Impressive and very useful, easy to download. :) must say, BlackBerry once again did a great job.

41. BhaskarChow

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

My mobile battery dries soo fast and heating problem 43.7 degrees, :( :(

40. BhaskarChow

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Guys I tried with hathway wifi about 4 times but it's says "The Software was interrupted and please try again " at 2 of 2 98% downloading. I am using BlackBerry Z10 and Vodafone network India. Please help me out.

35. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Still not getting any update until now, i am Malaysia version and it is unlocked, is this consider carrier issue?

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes. The only unlocked BB10 handsets that have gotten the update right away are ones purchased straight from shop.blackberry.com and Amazon.com. Those handsets received the update straight from BlackBerry itself. All others are subject to carrier approval.

37. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Alright.... Thank You for your explanation, that clear some of my question now, but if this is the case.... It make me even worry more because the carrier that i bought the phone has stop bring in BlackBerry device, i afraid it may not release the 10.3.1 update to their user. X(

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

That shouldn't be a problem. I'm on T-Mobile here in the states, and they no longer carry BlackBerry handsets either, but the updates still get pushed to the handsets. As long as there are handsets on the network, the update will still get pushed to your handset by the carrier. BlackBerry still makes sure updates get pushed to carriers as long as there are handsets on the network.

39. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

But does it required a working Sim Card inside the phone? Cause i saw some user from crackberry forum that when they use different Sim they got the update, or it can be still update OTA without any Sim?

34. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

I am a phone maniac had all os, blackberry 10 was perfect at the beginning but now is a way better then big trio

31. zeus1

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Nice update.New icons & ui looks great.camera got some new handy features,voice assistant is not as intuitive as google now or siri but its quite accurate,some minor tweaks in setting menu,hub Music player & video player.

29. Vishnu467

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

actulally I tried thrice but its showing INTERRUPTED during installation.have to figureout the problem

30. zeus1

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Keep trying dude.I was able to finish the installation 3rd time after it got interrupted 2 times during installation. Once u finish downloading the update it won't restart again.only installation will start all over again.if installation process gets interrupted just restart the phone.make sure u have > 3-4 GB of free space and phone is connected to power source. Good luck

26. Vishnu467

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Does it matter if we receive any calls or messages in the middle of download or installation?

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

In the middle of downloading? No. In the middle of installation? Possibly, especially if it's a phone call.

25. Vishnu467

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Iam from India.,AIRTEL

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

It could be a carrier specific problem if your carrier has tweaked the OS in any way, like adding bloatware, for instance. You should contact your carrier and explain the situation to them.

23. Vishnu467

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Actually its not the problem with ISP as I have updated via wifi

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Who is your carrier? Are you here in the states or overseas?

18. abhi24

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 23, 2014

960 mb ota update. Downloads all n fails to install at 97%. Asks to do it all over again. Succeeds at second attempt. Now asks for another 1.4 gb. Downloads again, fails at 97% installation. Pathetic. Ate 4gb data for nothing. Good to see blackberry disappearing. Disappear from market soon.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry isn't going anywhere. They are the market leader in enterprise and in auto infotainment, through QNX. So sorry to disappoint you. What carrier do you have? Are you here in the states or overseas? There has been reports that a carrier or two overseas are having trouble when they released the update. Your problem could be carrier specific and have nothing to do with BlackBerry themselves. Carriers tend to tweak software updates and add their bloatware to it, which can mess up a software update. You should find out about these things first (if you haven't already) before you come online to a site and bash a company. I'm on T-Mobile here in the states and have loaded the update on 2 of my BlackBerry 10 handsets with absolutely no problems whatsoever.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3208; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Maybe it's your ISP that sucks. BlackBerry OTAs are done via wifi. If the stream is interrupted, you gotta start all over again. It's best to do updates via the Link desktop app. If you don't know what you're doing, maybe it's best for you to disappear. Or at least not breed.

21. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Actually, with the autoloaders that are available and using Sachesi (this is the program I recommended earlier but forgot the name), Link is now unnecessary. Link is great to do a backup but that's all I use it for, now.

22. Vishnu467

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Hi abhi ,I also got the same kind of problem while I try to update to 10.3.1 .Could you please let me know if you got any solution.I will update you ,if I got any.

32. DheerajTandon

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

Suffering with the same problem :( wasted time, energy and data but didn't find anything except a message which shows "UPDATE INTERRUPTED" when it came to 99%. My link software is also not connecting with my z10. Disappointed from both the sides. Vodafone from India. Downloading UPDATE from mtnl wifi.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 23172; Member since: May 28, 2014

Do you have enough space on your phone available? Have you gotten a message on your handset that says you need more space? If so, you need to clear out some data and apps. Also, try a soft reset (remove the battery and put it back in or press and hold the power button and select restart) and then try the update again.

15. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Got the update for my Z10 and Passport. I hope the battery life of my Z10 will really be improved

16. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Any issues with the passport? am holding up on this one for a while

11. ThekingPPR

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 01, 2014

Anyone received the 10.3.1 os update from verizon or any other us carriers?????

10. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Nice work

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