• BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 Arrives for Existing BlackBerry 10 Smartphone Users


    The roll out has officially started!!


    Well, today is the day that BlackBerry will be releasing BlackBerry 10.3.1 to the rest of it's BlackBerry 10 smartphone lineup. Word is the official release will be (although that may vary) and will be sent out very shortly. Remember, it is all dependent on your carrier so some of you may see it right away. Here in the USA, I'm expecting it to hit right after the second coming of Jesus, thanks to the archaic attitudes of the US Carriers.

    Press Release

    BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, announced that BlackBerry® 10 OS version 10.3.1 will begin rolling out globally today for in-market BlackBerry 10 devices, including the BlackBerry® Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, and Q5, as well as the Porsche Design P'9983 and P'9982 smartphones from BlackBerry®.

    Once downloaded, users will gain access to incredible new enhancements, including BlackBerry® Blend, BlackBerry® Assistant, battery boosting technology, plus improvements to the BlackBerry® Hub, calendar, camera, multimedia and more. This latest version also introduces dual app stores, offering access to hundreds of thousands of apps through the BlackBerry® World® storefront and the Amazon Appstore.

    BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 offers a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that each user's most commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen. With this operating system update, users gain access to powerful features, including:
    -- BlackBerry Blend - BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content that is
    on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant
    message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email,
    BBM™ and text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts
    and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your
    BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend works across multiple operating systems
    including Mac, Windows®, iOS and Android™.(i)
    -- Dual app storefronts, offering hundreds of thousands of apps:
    -- BlackBerry World - BlackBerry World showcases essential business and
    productivity apps for professionals looking to drive efficient
    communications and collaboration.
    -- Amazon Appstore - The Amazon Appstore is the place to download
    popular Android apps and games including favorites like Candy Crush
    Saga, Pinterest, Kindle and Cut the Rope 2.
    -- BlackBerry Assistant - The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry's first
    digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help
    users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other
    native BlackBerry 10 applications. It's the only smartphone assistant on
    the market today that can access both personal and work content in your
    work perimeter. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to
    respond to you based on how you interact with it - if you type, it
    responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and if you activate over
    Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you
    might not have access to the screen.
    -- BlackBerry Hub with Instant Actions - The one place to manage all your
    conversations - email, texts, BBM, phone calls, social media and more -
    just got better. The new instant actions feature allows you to quickly
    organize and action your inbox without having to go into each individual
    message or calendar invite. Toggle the read status and file, flag or
    delete an email message with a single tap. When you're composing an
    email, you can now transfer the conversation to a voice call, SMS or
    meeting invite.
    -- Time Saving Keyboard Shortcuts - Keyboard shortcuts are back for
    BlackBerry 10 smartphones with a physical QWERTY keyboard including the
    BlackBerry Q5, Q10, Passport and the Porsche Design P'9983 smartphone
    from BlackBerry. As you once could on your beloved BlackBerry® Bold
    and as you can on the recently launched BlackBerry® Classic, you can
    now make use of nearly every letter in the physical keyboard and give it
    an action like Speed Dial for a contact, or use them to launch your
    most-used apps. For example, from the Hub press "T" to get to the top of
    your inbox or "B" to get to the bottom to make short work of getting
    through your messages.
    -- More Battery Power - You can now boost your battery life by up to 15
    percent by customizing your Power Saving Profile. Quickly select the
    applications and functions you would like to restrict or remain active
    to conserve power.
    -- New Camera Functions - The upgraded camera software automatically
    recommends modes and settings, including HDR when sharp contrast is
    detected and an enhanced Time Shift mode when faces are detected. Now
    you have the option to store your Time Shift captures and edit them into
    the perfect photo whenever you want. Get the whole picture by capturing
    a panorama. Our new camera also brings your most common modes and
    actions to the forefront - you'll never need to switch between your
    camera and video recorder again. You can even record video and take
    pictures at the same time.
    -- More Ways to Edit, Create, Sort and Listen to Media - Enjoy your media
    the way it was meant to sound, with 17 preset equalizer options for both
    music and video. With 10.3.1, you now have the ability to "Favorite"
    songs, photos or videos so they are always at your fingertips. With the
    new slow motion video edit feature and built in Story Maker, it's never
    been easier to master your media and share it with the world.
    -- A Calendar that Works for You - The new Meeting Mode option will
    automatically set your phone to quiet mode for the duration of your
    meeting, and then turn notifications back on when it's over. Plus, a new
    weekly agenda view allows you to see your events and tasks for the
    selected week or month.
    -- BBM® Meetings - BBM Meetings offers business users a new way to work
    smarter and be more productive from any Android, iPhone, BlackBerry 10
    smartphone or Windows PC or Mac.(ii) It combines a mobile-optimized user
    experience that allows on-the-go professionals to schedule, host and
    participate in meetings anywhere you have an internet connection. All at
    a fraction of the cost of other leading collaboration solutions.

    Subject to carrier approvals, BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1 will be rolling out to customers around the world, starting today in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, and will be available for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry Classic comes pre-loaded with the software. Customers will receive a notification in the BlackBerry Hub when the software is ready for download. If they have enabled automatic software downloads, they will be notified in the BlackBerry Hub that the software is downloading. For more information about BlackBerry 10, visit www.BlackBerry.com/BlackBerry10OS.

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