What's new in Blackberry OS 10.2.1

1/30/2014 06:02:00 AM

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2014 has been good so far, especially yesterday!

Upon receiving an "Android Runtime" update in my Blackberry Q10, I knew instantly that something major was about to happen. True enough, Globe Philippines released version 10.2.1 for all Blackberry 10 (Z10, Q10, Z30, Q5) users last January 28,2014. This OS upgrade is packed with new features, including support for the direct installation of Android apps (.apk files) directly onto the device.

To my fellow Blackberry 10 users: Yes! that means no more "side-loading" android apps. Forget the hassle of downloading the APK file and converting it to a BAR file before "side-loading" - everything is now easy as point-click-download!

To the general majority: Yes, you read it right - Blackberry 10 is able to support Android apps, regardless if it's not a native app and is not available in our native store. Take that!

Check out the list below for Crackberry's current list of what's new in BlackBerry 10.2.1:
  • Remote search of emails older than 60 days
  • Bluetooth Sharing through Android Runtime
  • Video Call has the new call screen
  • FM Radio (Only Q10, Q5, Z30.. Z10 does not support this)
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Miracast
  • Share Screen
  • Direct Install of APK Files on device through File Manager or Browser
  • Media Volume displays at top of screen
  • New incoming call screen
  • Update to Device Monitor app
  • Update to Data Monitor app
  • Clock App includes Accuweather information
  • Flashlight app added (can be accessed from Quick Settings) [Yay! Deleting standalone flashlight app now...]
  • Ability to arrange accounts in the Hub
  • Pinch gesture in the Hub for quick access to specified messages
  • Changes to battery icon
  • Changes to charging icon
  • Battery shows percentage in peek view
  • Updates to native weather app
  • New Quick Settings functionality for dropdown menu
  • Updates to Media Player
  • Added Picture Password
  • Speed Dial from homescreen (Q10)
  • Added Contact Groups
  • Custom contact profiles for email, SMS, BBM and phone calls
  • Delete options from Hub (device and/or server)
  • Face detection toggle in Camera
  • Airplane-Mode automatically turned on in Bedside Mode
  • Lockscreen previews open directly to application
  • New native wallpapers added
  • Next email toggle inside email messages
  • Updated Twitter app
  • BBM adds vibrate on ping and new emoticons
  • White balance adjuster in display settings
  • IBM notes traveler in accounts settings
  • Wolfram Alpha commands
  • Dropdown Menu now includes:
    •  Flashlight App Button (new app to 10.2.1.xxxx)
    • Brightness Adjustment
    • Location Toggle Switch
    • Device Monitor App Button (new app to 10.2.1.xxxx)
    • Tethering Toggle Switch
    • Hotspot Toggle Switch
    • NFC Toggle Switch
    • Flight mode Toggle Switch (airplane mode)

Haven't updated your device yet? Then what are you waiting for?!? Be warned though. Make sure you have enough space prior to updating your OS. Read about this precaution here.
Click here to find out how to install and Android app (APK) to a Blackberry 10 Device.

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