BlackBerry’s biggest software update carrying the 10.2.1 version number is finally here. Existing BlackBerry 10 OS devices such as the BlackBerry Z10, Z30, Q10 and Q5 should be getting a notification to update by now.
The new software upgrade brings a lot of new improvements in terms of usability and also not forgetting the ease of installing Android apps via its APK format. On the BlackBerry Z10, it is about 276MB to download and it varies depending on the current version and model you have. If you still haven’t receive any notification, you can head over to Settings > Software Updates, then tap on Check for updates.
If you still haven’t seen it yet, check out the full hands-on walk through of the new BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS here.
BlackBerry’s highly anticipated update – BlackBerry 10.2.1 is now rumoured to roll out next week beginning 28th January. When it comes to software updates, BlackBerry seems to be pretty quick with its international release especially in Asia Pacific.
There’s a lot to look forward to with the latest software update. Despite its tiny 0.1 increment from Blackberry 10.2, it brings a host of new UI enhancements that will improve usability and more levels of user customisation. You can check out all the new features in a hands-on video here.
The biggest addition would be the ability to install Android Apps via APK files. For those who are new, APK is the original Android installer file and previously Blackberry 10 OS requires a conversion from APK to BAR file in order to install Android apps. In short, the new update gives BlackBerry users easier access to the wide variety of apps available on the Android platform. The only hurdle is the lack of a Google Play Store but don’t worry as there are alternative solutions such as Droid Store that would do the trick.
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For those using BlackBerry Z10, Z30, Q10 or Q5, installing Android apps on your BlackBerry 10 device is going to get a whole lot of easier. In its next BlackBerry 10.2.1 software update, anyone can install Android apps with its APK file.
For those who are new to this, APK is basically an Android Package File which you can run to install. Usually this happens in the background on the Google Play store for a hassle free experience. The only hurdle that’s stopping regular people from installing Android apps is the lack of a “Google Play” store in the BlackBerry system. Obviously the folks at BlackBerry won’t allow such a blasphemous act. Therefore, only those with some technical knowledge of side-loading would get to enjoy a wider choice of apps from the Android platform.
Now there’s an app called Droid Store which allows BlackBerry users to install Android apps directly onto their device. This offers easy one click downloads with out the need of side loading or finding for APK files. At the moment, it doesn’t support Google logins which means that you’re limited to Free Apps for now. In the future, it could be possible to download paid apps that have been purchased under your Google login.
For those running on a leaked version of BlackBerry 10.2.1, you can download it here. To install it, you would need to side load and the instructions for sideloading is available here. The Droid Store will not work on current official BlackBerry version 10.2 and below it as it lacks the APK Installer support that’s only coming with BlacBerry 10.2.1.
Can’t wait to get BlackBerry 10.2.1 on your smart phone? If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get it earlier over here. As always, do proceed with caution.
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After rolling out its BlackBerry 10.2 OS update last month, there’s a lot to look forward to in their upcoming 10.2.1 update. Although the tiny incremental in number doesn’t sound much, it brings a host of new features particularly the ease of installing Android Apps.
Previously Blackberry 10 users would need to convert or find Android apps that are in BAR file format to install. With the new 10.2.1, installing Android apps is as simple as installing an APK file which can be retrieve easily with APK downloaders such as this.
In terms of usability, the new OS update brings major UI improvements where you can tap directly into a new message from the home screen and BlackBerry Hub now comes with a customisable pinch mode which lets you Filter mails by Unread or Priority by simply pinching out. Another welcome feature is the battery percentage level which is now displayed in the lock screen or while peeking. The pull down quick settings is now customisable as well, so you can add in toggles such as NFC and even LED Flash light on it. So far there’s no word on its official roll out date but we reckon BlackBerry Q10, Z30, Z10 and Q5 users shouldn’t be waiting too long for this one.
Watch the 7 minute walkthrough video of the BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS after the break.
BlackBerry has announced that it will be rolling out its BlackBerry 10.2 operating system update this week. The latest update brings a host of new features including BlackBerry Priority Hub, BlackBerry Natural Sound, Notifications on the lock screen and a couple of app enhancements.
It will be rolled out to existing BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry Q10 users starting with Canada, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Europe beginning week. Users in Latin America and the US will be getting on November onward. The recently announced BlackBerry Z30 already runs on BlackBerry 10.2 out of the box. For the full list of 10.2 updates and enhancements, hit the source link below.
The full BlackBerry Q10 bundled pricing as follows:
DG SmartPlan 58 (24 months) – RM1,669
DG SmartPlan 88 (24 months) – RM1,429
DG SmartPlan 148 (24 months) – RM1,109
An upfront payment between RM240-800 is required during sign up and will be rebated back to your bill on a monthly basis. So far DiGi is only offering the BlackBerry Q10 on a 24 months contract.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Q10 comes with a smaller 3.1″ Super AMOLED screen, powered with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Over at the back it comes with a 8MP shooter and it is juiced with a 2,100mAh capacity battery.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s online store.
Currently the Q10 is available from Celcom and Maxis from as low as RM1,388 and RM1,178 respectively. Outright the Q10 is priced at RM2,388. Pricing details for the BlackBerry Q10 from DiGi has not yet been revealed.
While the BlackBerry Q10 supports 4G LTE, there’s still no indication on when DiGi will announce its commercial 4G LTE service. We can only hope that by the time they launch, their 4G LTE coverage would cover most populated areas nationwide.
The BlackBerry Q10 is officially available today with Celcom offering the device as low as RM1,388 on contract. As usual, it comes bundled with its usual Celcom First postpaid and bolt-on data plans.
Full BlackBerry Q10 bundled pricing as follows:
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,888
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,838
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,838
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,788
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,688
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,638
Celcom First Prime + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,388
Celcom First Premier + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,388
Celcom First Elite + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,388
Celcom First Data mPro Plus (24 months) – RM1,488
An advance payment between RM250-450 is required for 12/18 months contract and RM700 is required if you’re signing up for 24 months contract. If you’ve registered your interest earlier, Celcom is giving additional rebates and Bluetooth speaker worth RM299 as an early bird offer.
The BlackBerry Q10 with its QWERTY keyboard retails at RM2,388, which is an extra RM200 over its full touch screen based BlackBerry Z10 model. In terms of connectivity, the Q10 comes with 4G LTE support which is compatible with our local networks.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s BlackBerry Q10 page.
For those of you that’s been hanging on for the BlackBerry Q10, you wait is almost over and you can pre-order the device from Maxis starting today. Officially the Q10 will be available (from Celcom and Maxis) this Wednesday.
Three plans are on offer from Maxis: BBMore55 with 500MB data, BBMore88 with 1GB and BBMore148 with 5GB of data. The plans come with bundled calls and SMS which varies depending on plan. The mid-tier BBMore 88 looks like a sensible buy. And if you’re wondering, the Q10 supports LTE
Full bundled pricing of the BlackBerry Q10 on Maxis as follows:
BBMore55 (12 months) – RM1,888
BBMore88 (12 months) – RM1,768
BBMore88 (24 months) – RM1,488
BBMore148 (12 months) – RM1,618
BBMore148 (24 months) – RM1,178
For more info, head over to Maxis Store. Currently pre-order is open for new line subscriptions only. The device will start shiping from May 15.
The QWERTY keyboard based BlackBerry Q10 will officially be available in Malaysia next week on the 15th of May. Maxis which is one of the 2 telcos offering the device has started its registration of interest.
Just like the BlackBerry Z10, the Q10 will be bundled with its BBMore plans. As an early bird incentive, Maxis is giving additional RM150 rebates for the first 1,500 customers that registered their interest. The BlackBerry Q10 is retailing at RM2,388 outright and comes with 4G LTE support.
If you’re interested with the BlackBerry Q10 from Maxis, sign up here.