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News Release: New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 Lets You Do More, More Easily

News Release: New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 Lets You Do More, More Easily

BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, recently announced BlackBerry® 10 OS version 10.2.1, a new software update for BlackBerry 10 smartphones that lets you do more, more easily, and helps you be more productive and stay better connected. BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements that will make the things you do every day faster and easier. Subject to carrier approvals, BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 will be available to customers around the world, rolling out starting 28th January 2014 in the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, and will be available for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10 (including the Porsche Design P’9982).

NEWS RELEASE

January 29, 2014

New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 Lets You Do More, More Easily

Update includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements and is rolling out to customers through carriers around the world.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced BlackBerry® 10 OS version 10.2.1, a new software update for BlackBerry 10 smartphones that lets you do more, more easily, and helps you be more productive and stay better connected.

 

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements that will make the things you do every day faster and easier:

  • Customize Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry® Hub – BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your messages and notifications in one place. A new feature lets you instantly filter the message list in the Hub. You can customize the Hub to show only Unread Messages, Flagged Messages, Draft Messages, Meeting Invites, Sent Messages or Level 1 Alerts. Once the filter criterion is set, you can simply activate it with a pinch gesture on the Hub’s message list.
  • Simplified Phone Experience – The phone includes a new incoming call screen that lets you swipe to the left to answer or swipe right to ignore a call. New intuitive icons allow you to instantly silence the call, or send a Reply Now response through BBM™, SMS or email that you can’t answer the phone right away. You can choose from a list of standard automated responses or respond with a personalized note.
  • SMS and Email Groups – You can now create SMS and email groups for more efficient broadcast communications.
  • Actionable Lock Screen Notifications – You can now “Tap to open” a message that appears on the lock screen, letting you respond to an important message much quicker or to check messages more discreetly.
  • Picture Password for Quick Unlocking – You can quickly unlock your phone using a combination of a picture and a number (0-9) of your choice, which you place at a particular point on the image. When you try to unlock the phone, the picture will appear along with a grid of random numbers. To unlock, simply drag the grid so the number you selected overlays the particular point on the image.
  • Customizable Quick Settings Menu – You can now customize what appears on the Settings menu, which includes features such as being able to quickly change the Brightness of the smartphone’s display, toggle various network connections, and access the built-in flashlight. The Settings menu also includes a toggle that lets you instantly switch between your Personal and Work perimeter.
  • Offline Browser Reading Mode You can now save the current web page you’re on for later viewing, even if you are offline or without an Internet connection.
  • Preferred Contact Sync You can now choose the sync source for your Contacts ensuring you always have the most up-to-date contact details. When adding a new contact you can designate which sources you want the contact info to sync with, such as the corporate address book, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.
  • Device and Battery Monitor – A new and improved device monitor provides you with essential details on battery usage, the impact of installed apps on battery life and memory usage and storage, as well as CPU stats.
  • Automatic Software Updates OS updates can be set to happen automatically over a Wi-Fi® connection to help ensure you’re always benefiting from the latest and best possible customer experience.
  • Enterprise Features – When combined with BES10 version 10.2, enterprise customers will gain additional security features and IT policies for when more granular controls are required, such as for regulated industries and for organizations that work with sensitive data. For more information about BES10, please visit www.bes10.com.
  • FM Radio – If you have a BlackBerry® Z30, BlackBerry® Q10 or BlackBerry® Q5 smartphone, the new software update unlocks the built-in FM radio in those handsets. You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection.

Subject to carrier approvals, BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 will be available to customers around the world, rolling out starting today in the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, and will be available for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10 (including the Porsche Design P’9982).

For more information about BlackBerry 10, visit www.blackberry.com/blackberry10OS.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

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BlackBerry 10.2.1 Officially Announced, Carriers around the world now pushing OS 10.2.1

BlackBerry 10.2.1 Officially Announced, Carriers around the world now pushing OS 10.2.1

BlackBerry has officially announced their latest update to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, BlackBerry 10.2.1. As per our earlier posting, the roll out begins today, and will be launched on every major carrier by the end of February. The 10.2.1 OS has already been leaked many, many times, but if you’re unfamiliar with it, you can expect a lot of differences, new features, and improvements. Some of the big changes include:

Direct install of Android .APKs from device or over the air
BlackBerry Hub “pinch” gesture to filter
Volume control appears at the top of the screen
Percentage indicator for battery
Active Lock Screen notifications
Picture Password
Customizable Quick Settings
and much more!

Check out the official press release below for all the info.
Press Release

New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 Lets You Do More Easily
Update includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements and is rolling out to customers through carriers around the world beginning today

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Jan. 28, 2014) – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced BlackBerry(R) 10 OS version 10.2.1, a new software update for BlackBerry 10 smartphones that lets you do more, more easily, and helps you be more productive and stay better connected.

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements that will make the things you do every day faster and easier:

Customize Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry(R) Hub – BlackBerry Hub
lets you access all your messages and notifications in one place. A new
feature lets you instantly filter the message list in the Hub. You can
customize the Hub to show only Unread Messages, Flagged Messages, Draft
Messages, Meeting Invites, Sent Messages or Level 1 Alerts. Once the
filter criterion is set, you can simply activate it with a pinch gesture
on the Hub’s message list.

Simplified Phone Experience – The phone includes a new incoming call
screen that lets you swipe to the left to answer or swipe right to
ignore a call. New intuitive icons allow you to instantly silence the
call, or send a Reply Now response through BBM(TM), SMS or email that
you can’t answer the phone right away. You can choose from a list of
standard automated responses or respond with a personalized note.

SMS and Email Groups – You can now create SMS and email groups for more
efficient broadcast communications.

Actionable Lock Screen Notifications – You can now “Tap to open” a
message that appears on the lock screen, letting you respond to an
important message much quicker or to check messages more discreetly.

Picture Password for Quick Unlocking – You can quickly unlock your phone
using a combination of a picture and a number (0-9) of your choice,
which you place at a particular point on the image. When you try to
unlock the phone, the picture will appear along with a grid of random
numbers. To unlock, simply drag the grid so the number you selected
overlays the particular point on the image.

Customizable Quick Settings Menu – You can now customize what appears on
the Settings menu, which includes features such as being able to quickly
change the Brightness of the smartphone’s display, toggle various
network connections, and access the built-in flashlight. The Settings
menu also includes a toggle that lets you instantly switch between your
Personal and Work perimeter.

Offline Browser Reading Mode – You can now save the current web page
you’re on for later viewing, even if you are offline or without an
Internet connection.

Preferred Contact Sync – You can now choose the sync source for your
Contacts ensuring you always have the most up-to-date contact details.
When adding a new contact you can designate which sources you want the
contact info to sync with, such as the corporate address book, Gmail,
Hotmail, etc.

Device and Battery Monitor – A new and improved device monitor provides
you with essential details on battery usage, the impact of installed
apps on battery life and memory usage and storage, as well as CPU stats.

Automatic Software Updates – OS updates can be set to happen
automatically over a Wi-Fi(R) connection to help ensure you’re always
benefiting from the latest and best possible customer experience.

Enterprise Features – When combined with BES10 version 10.2, enterprise
customers will gain additional security features and IT policies for
when more granular controls are required, such as for regulated
industries and for organizations that work with sensitive data. For more
information about BES10, please visit http://www.bes10.com.

FM Radio – If you have a BlackBerry(R) Z30, BlackBerry(R) Q10 or
BlackBerry(R) Q5 smartphone, the new software update unlocks the built-
in FM radio in those handsets. You can listen to local FM stations,
which does not require any network connection.

Subject to carrier approvals, BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 will be available to customers around the world, rolling out starting today in the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, and will be available for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10 (including the Porsche Design P’9982).

Malaysian users also starts receiving the updates around 8pm local time today.

To check for the update simply go to Settings>Software Updates>Check for Updates

As the file is about 357Mb you might want to connect to WiFi to avoid disruption upon updating.

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 most likely to be Launched on January 28th but is subject to Carrier Approval

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 mostlikely to be Launched on January 28th but is subject to Carrier Approval

We have seen the media review from BlackBerry on what to expect from the new update 10.2.1, many new and cool features will be coming and this is consider a major update as even the call screen will be different from the current version.

The official launch will most likely be on the 28th January as reported earlier but will be subject to Carrier Approval, It was also noted during the media review that BlackBerry intends to make all future release independent of Carrier by allowing OTA ( Over The Air) update thru wifi. Let’s hope that BlackBerry can really release Global update as they mention as this will allow consistent version of update instead of adhoc release by different carrier.

January 28th rumored as the date BlackBerry 10.2.1 will begin rolling out

January 28th rumored as the date BlackBerry 10.2.1 will begin rolling out

Report by Crackberry:-

When it comes to BlackBerry 10.2.1 there has been plenty of speculation surrounding its release. As far back as June of 2013, we’ve been hearing that mid January was the release time frame for some carriers and then a further maintenance release of 10.2.1+ will arrive in June 2014. Needless to say, that hasn’t happened yet but there’s plenty of evidence mounting that the release is not that far off.

There is developer events scheduled for near the end of January to show off 10.2.1, some carriers have already suggested January, the recent leak of OS 10.2.1.1925 has oddly been updated with new files and resigned as of January 8th, the developer version of the 10.2.1 OS is available for download and now multiple sources are claiming January 28th as the release date in regions such as EMEA and APAC while others are claiming that it will be a ‘Global’ roll out.

Now, I know what some folks are thinking. You don’t even have BlackBerry 10.2 yet and you’re entirely right for thinking that way because when it really comes down to it, an official release date doesn’t mean much if your carrier never pushes it out to the masses. But that fact reminds of another rumor I heard back in June 2013, that some U.S. carriers had no intention of pushing BlackBerry 10.2 in the first place, which as far as I can tell ended up being true for Q10 and Z10 users, especially those on Verizon. This time around they could be more likely to get it out ASAP, as it is the update which they’ve been waiting for to release.

The date of January 28th may or may not end up being correct but if it is, great! If not, well we’re left waiting. However, 10.2.1 packs a lot of new features including the ability to run Android APK files simply by directly downloading them, a feature that many people are using right now through leaks, and of course it also has a ton of features added to the core OS that improves BlackBerry 10 significantly. It’s worth the wait of BlackBerry improving it even further if need be. Again though, BlackBerry themselves have not confirmed this roll out so alas, we’re all left waiting to see what happens.

O2 UK hint at a BlackBerry 10.2.1 to be release in January 2014

O2 UK hint at a BlackBerry 10.2.1 to be release in January 2014

Although there is no official announcement from BlackBerry, the latest BlackBerry 10.2.1 operating system could be launch in January 2014.

The latest OS was confirmed to be launching on the O2 UK network, to Geeks Hut, by an O2 representative,

“I have checked, and I can confirm that BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 will be releasing on the O2 network in January. However, BlackBerry haven’t officially announced an exact date in January yet. Once OS 10.2.1 is released, you will get a notification on your BlackBerry about the software update.”

Product Manager at BlackBerry, Michael Clewley, had this to say on BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

“This release has been focused on making BB10 better, cleaning up the user experience and removing the think points. It’s been focused on removing your detractors and eliminating return drivers. Some things needed change.”

BlackBerry 10.2.1 Launching in January 2014?

BlackBerry 10.2.1 Launching in January 2014?

There are talks over at N4BB reporting that 10.2.1 could be launching in January 2014, if that is true that it would be cool as users will get to download Android APK files direct and run them to install Android applications.

Report from N4BB:-

We might see BlackBerry 10.2.1 become official as soon as January 2014 for all BlackBerry 10 devices. One of our readers attended the virtual event and asked the following:

Caleb Squires: I heard blackberry will release an update in January that will allow all BB10 devices running 10.2.1 to directing install android apk files, is that true?

Justin Jasmann (BlackBerry – Android): That is true, yes.

It will be interesting to see if BlackBerry will make the January launch of 10.2.1

OS 10.2.1 – Use Amazon App Store and 1Mobile to Install Android Apps to BlackBerry 10

OS 10.2.1 - Use Amazon App Store and 1Mobile to Install Android Apps to BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry will be introducing an unlocked Android runtime in OS 10.2.1. This new Android runtime will allow users the ability to install Android app APKs directly to their BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

No longer will users have to side-load or use debug tokens in order to run their favorite apps, which might not have been brought officially to BlackBerry 10.

With the upcoming OS 10.2.1 you can utilize the Amazon app store and 1Mobile Market to download and then install Android apps directly.

Simply download the Amazon app store here or the 1Mobile Market app here. Find the apps you’d like to install, download, and the installation process will begin through the new Android runtime.