BlackBerry 10.3.1 to start rolling out on February 19th

BlackBerry 10.3.1 to start rolling out on February 19th
BlackBerry 10.3.1 is expected to be rolled out on February 19th to those BlackBerry 10 models that aren't already running the OS build. Right now, only the BlackBerry Classic has BlackBerry 10.3.1 installed. The eagerly-awaited update will bring Siri-esque BlackBerry Assistant to BlackBerry 10 handsets. Some expected the update to get pushed out last month, but instead BlackBerry 10.3.1 will be available in less than two weeks. 

Other features of BlackBerry 10.3.1 include reverse contrast mode that turns the screen from black on white, to white on black. This is useful for night time viewing when a bright smartphone screen might bother your spouse. Another new feature will allow you to block contacts from calling or texting you. You can also hide pictures and videos so that the person you've lent your phone to can't see the sexting pictures you've taken. A Battery Saving mode cuts back on screen brightness, eliminates notifications, takes CPU performance down a notch and eliminates "advanced interactions" all to extend battery life. And with Custom Notification, you decide the ringtone that accompanies a call and which color LED lights up to alert you to various events.

The update was originally scheduled for Saturday, but problems with it resulted in BlackBerry models getting totally wiped. That doesn't sound too good, does it? BlackBerry hopes to have everything fixed by the time it tries again. If you're a BlackBerry 10 user, keep your fingers crossed.

source: N4BB

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10 Comments

1. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

The one thing Android has to learn from BlackBerry is the LED control thing. I think it's the best feature of BB

2. Rager722 unregistered

Android still doesnt have an invert screen mode... At least not on my One M8

8. sherkhan

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Android has it on Lollipop ...Atleast on my brother's Xolo One

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Touchwiz has had it for years. I can't speak for before, but my Note 2 had it 2012.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22720; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can't wait for the official version of BB10.3 to launch! While I'm running the official version on my Passport, I'm running a leaked version on my Z30. 10.3 is awesome. Can't wait for others using a BB10 device to experience it.

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I wish they could release internationally on that date, I've been waiting for almost half year just to get the official update for 10.3.1 for my BlackBerry Z10 (Malaysia variant - Non carrier) while my iPhone 4s already on iOS 8.0.1, Nexus on Android Lollipop 5.0.1 and Lumia 925 on Cyan Windows Phone 8.1.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22720; Member since: May 28, 2014

When BlackBerry first announced 10.3.1, they never promised its release before February. That's a fact that can be checked, so it's not like they over-promised and under-delivered. 10.3 was came out with the release of the Passport, followed by the Classic. Also, how long before each of those OS updates for Android, Windows Phone and iOS did you have to wait from the VERY FIRST time they were announced until their respective releases? I'm curious.

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Haha i understand that, i am just can't wait to taste the REBORN version for my Z10, i don't dare to try the leak version. By the way i do understand that BlackBerry never delay the OTA update and there is no promise that my country can get it on that day, i rather to wait longer a bit to get stable and lesser bug version, but nevertheless i am still excited to get it as soon as possible. As for the update, it all depend, as far as i remember, i get my iOS 8 after apple announce iPhone 6/6 Plus(Well that Apple way of doing thing, and it come with some bug), Windows 8.1 within 2 month period and lastly Lollipop update within 3 to 4 month :D

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22720; Member since: May 28, 2014

So going by your list, there was either a waiting period or a "buggy" release for those you mentioned. I would prefer to wait for a little longer for an OFFICIAL release if it means that it will be bug-free. Some leaks are actually pretty stable. I'm running a leaked version on my Z30: 10.3.1.1949, and it's actually pretty good. Patience is a virtue, my friend. Although, I can understand your impatience. That's why I put the leak on my Z30 even though I also own a Passport. I also have a Q10, but I left it with the official 10.2 OS on it. You just have a little longer to wait, my friend. Trust me, it will be worth it.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Virtue patience is.

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