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

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"This is a voice-activated personal assistant similar to Siri, Google Now and Cortana." Similar but is it as intuitive?

3. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Having never used any other assistant, it works pretty well. There's always the voice recognition issue that's been mentioned with any of them, but it does work well.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22847; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's very intuitive. It makes suggestions when you are searching for something and when you're texting and emailing via voice. It's quite good.

2. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I won't hold my breath waiting for AT&T to release this to my locked Z10. After having an unlocked Sony phone I am not sure I ever want a locked one again. Updates come more quickly on unlocked phones.

4. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

You could download a leaked update. I've had 10.3.1 for months and haven't had any issues with how I use my Z10. They've even made it easier to download the leaks without having to completely wipe the phone and spend 2-3 hours downloading. Look into it on Crackberry.

5. kevintangi

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

downloading!

6. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Not yet available in the Philippines....

17. Finest

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

Got the official update for my z10 last night, now running 10.3.1 Im from the Philippines though.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22847; Member since: May 28, 2014

Finally! I've been waiting to update my Q10 to 10.3.1. I have a 10.3 leak installed on my Z30 and my Passport is running the official 10.3 OS. It's an amazing update. It's unfortunate that for some, the update is carrier dependent. I always said that of its one thing that Apple got right, it's bypassing the carriers and releasing updates to the handsets themselves.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes. Apple has the power not tell carriers to stick it. Some Android OEMs have the ability to do so, e.g. Samsung and Google. Others aren't as fortunate. With a smaller userbase there's no telling when the update will come, if it will come at all for some handsets.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3192; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

AT&T has yet to fail on delivering OS updates on any BlackBerry handset, ever. You have to remember that carrier certification takes a little longer with BB because of the security measures.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22847; Member since: May 28, 2014

Just received the 10.3.1 update for my Z30 and my Q10. Both are unlocked. I read that BlackBerry will be pushing the update themselves to handsets purchased off of shop.blackberry.com and Amazon.com. I guess that includes unlocked handsets purchased elsewhere as well.

9. davisrases

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

A sweet list of feature. The enhanced battery life is the sweetest of all to me as the Z10's battery life is a big disappointment.

10. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Nice work

11. ThekingPPR

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 01, 2014

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

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

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: 22847; 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: 3192; 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: 22847; 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.

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: 22847; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

25. Vishnu467

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Iam from India.,AIRTEL

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22847; 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.

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: 22847; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

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