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Global rollout of BlackBerry is underway

Global rollout of BlackBerry is underway
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said that while no new BlackBerry 10 hardware will be made this year, the software will be receiving updates. With that in mind, BlackBerry is currently being disseminated to BlackBerry 10 users around the world. According to the manufacturer's own blog, the Hot Fix update includes an update to the Calendar, the removal of the BBM Meetings app, and patches for the Android Player.

Last week, Chen said that BlackBerry 10 was not dead, stressing that it would be receiving various security and privacy enhancements. He also previously noted that the OS would be receiving certain certifications that will allow it to be used by governments and corporations. One that he mentioned was the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). Operated by the NSA, this is an initiative between the U.S government and IT consumers and producers. Its goal is to "help increase the level of trust consumers have in their information systems and networks through the use of cost-effective security testing, evaluation, and validation programs." The NIAP creates and maintains national and international standards for IT security.

As far as hardware in concerned, BlackBerry is expected to release as many as two new Android powered devices this year. One of them could be the phone code named the BlackBerry Vienna. The unit features a physical QWERTY keyboard and does not appear to offer a premium design like the BlackBerry Priv does.

If you are a BlackBerry 10 owner, before starting the process of downloading and installing the update, make sure that you are on a Wi-Fi network. Additionally, you should have your battery charged to at least 50%.

source: BlackBerry via Crackberry

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