Five new features coming to BlackBerry 10.3.1 (Video)

Five new features coming to BlackBerry 10.3.1 (Video)
The BlackBerry Passport and the Porsche Design P'9983 are the first two BlackBerry models to come with BlackBerry 10.3 installed (which includes BlackBerry Assistant). Already, BlackBerry 10.3.1 is in the works. A video has been posted on YouTube, revealing five interesting new features for the OS build.

The first feature on the video is Reverse Contrast. Instead of black on white, the screen shows white on black. Other colors show up as purple and orange. We can't say that this looks to be useful, but it is a way to customize your phone and make things seem fresh and new. With BlackBerry 10.3.1, users will be able to block contacts, and hide pictures and video. If you have some embarrassing photos of yourself that you might have snapped, this feature will allow you to keep them under wraps in case you lend someone your phone for a quick call. It also will prevent someone hanging around you from seeing something that you don't want them to see.

With Battery Saving Mode, you can preset when certain changes kick in to save the battery life on your phone. With this Mode in action, the screen brightness is lowered and notifications do not turn on the screen. You can decide to lower the maximum CPU performance, turn off data services and turn off "advanced interactions". And the last new feature on the video is Custom Notifications. With this feature, you can decide the ringtone that plays when you have a call, the color of the LED notification that accompanies various events, whether to show notifications on the lock screen, and more.

To check out these five new features coming to BlackBerry 10.3.1, click on the video below.



source: PatrickMaxwell via Crackberry

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34 Comments

1. magnum44 unregistered

I have the Z30 and Z10 (my daily device) and both still stuck with BB 10.2 for quite a while. My iPhone 5 (which I hardly use) is already updated to the same iPhone 6 software. And BB doesn't have this customization issue as with Android, hence NO excuse.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

10.3 has not been officially released yet, except for on the Passport, unless you're willing to install a leak. If your iPhone 5 is on iOS 6, it is way behind the times. iOS 8 is the most current iteration of iOS. 10.3 will be released soon enough. It will be dependent, however, upon carrier approval, unless your BB10 handsets are unlocked. No excuses necessary. BlackBerry never made any promises to release 10.3 before the release of the BlackBerry Classic, so they are still on schedule.

8. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

He is saying iPhone 6 not iOs 6

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Noted.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why would they need a battery saving mode? Not a feature they should be focused on that much

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Most OS's have a battery saving mode feature. What's wrong with BlackBerry implementing one?

7. Aywhy93

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Maybe because BB don't just have one... LoL

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol +1

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I asked what would be wrong with implementing one and your response is such? Your response made absolutely NO sense whatsoever.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because I wasn't responding to you. Stop getting so worked up over nothing.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you can read, Mxy, you'll notice that I wasn't responding to you, I was responding to comment #7. YOU did not make comment #7. Stop getting so worked up over nothing.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Seems useless on platform not known to have any issues with battery life.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why would it be useless? Wouldn't it help a platform that already has stellar battery life even greater? For those that BlackBerry devices are intended for, this would help them be even more productive for a longer time.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Or focus on other aspects that need focusing

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It you'll observe, they are doing that as well. Nothing wrong with covering all your bases.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Adding new features to any OS is always welcome. BlackBerry has been improving an already great OS with each update. Kudos BlackBerry, for continuing to make this already awesome OS even better.

29. nigelstorm3110

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

BlackBerry are doing a great job I have the passport and I love it

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can't wait to get mine!

6. magnum44 unregistered

Who said iOS6 ?! READ

9. Rapha.194

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

Blackberry should have launched with the Passport a device without physical keyboard. For a company that is struggling this delay will only make things worse I will buy the Nexus 6, why not a backberry no physical keyboard until November

11. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Because BlackBerry isn't trying to win the consumer market. They want to keep their lead in the prosumer and enterprise market. They've already real eased an all touch screen BlackBerry this year. The Z3 which is selling quite well in its intended markets. You can also get the award winning Z30 as well.

10. ABC_123

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

Custom LED?! Wow, not just red.

18. Rager722 unregistered

Blackberry has had custom LED for years my friend.

19. Rager722 unregistered

Blackberry has had custom LED for years my friend.

12. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

the reverse contrast mode helps use your phone in the dark...without straining your eye

14. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

The Reverse Contrast is for battery saving as well . . .

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nice.... Blackberry is coming up

20. Rager722 unregistered

Basically everything from BB7 has been implemented on to BB10 now.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed. Soon BB10 will have all of the features of BBOS7 implemented. That will aid in bringing over the BBOS7 holdouts.

23. BillyBoy

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

the reverse contrast will be very nice for Blackberry Z30 as a battery saver - S amoled display.

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