BlackBerry is now rolling out its latest 10.3.1 software update to current BlackBerry 10 devices. This includes its older BlackBerry Z10, Z3, Z30, Q5, Q10, Porsche Design P’9983 and the latest BlackBerry Passport.
The latest update which came installed on the BlackBerry Classic will bring a host of new improvements including BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant and a couple of enhancements for its native apps such as BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Camera and more. With the latest version, the Amazon Appstore will be installed by default and QWERTY based devices such as the Q5, Q10, P’9983 and Passport will get extra keyboard shortcuts to launch specific apps or contacts.
Meanwhile if you’re away from your BlackBerry, you can easily access your device via Blackberry Blend from any connected computer or tablet without the need of complicated VPNs. This lets you read or reply to messages remotely as if you’re on the device itself.
The update should be reaching to Malaysian units and if you haven’t received any notifications yet, you can try checking manually at Settings > Software Updates > Updates.
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BlackBerry is expected to release a new BlackBerry 10.3 software update which brings a couple of new features and UI enhancements. To demonstrate the new revisions, N4BB has recorded a quick hands-on preview of an early 10.3 Build running on a BlackBerry Z10.
The new BlackBerry 10.3 has a number of UI revisions including a flatter UI design and the home screen icons are now displayed without the typical grey boxes behind it. The camera interface gets a major revamp with a new camera timer, panorama photo mode and an option to shoot a 60fps video at 720p resolution. There’s also a new Automatic Stories feature that creates highlight clips with photos taken at the same location. This is somewhat similar to HTC’s Zoe highlight videos.
Also new is a voice assistant called Intelligent Assistant. While we are curious to find out how it compares against Cortana and the rest, unfortunately it refuses to work in video.
Watch the hands-on demo of Blackberry 10.3 after the break.
The yet to be launched BlackBerry Z3 has appeared side by side with its high-end BlackBerry Z10 and Z30 siblings. The picture of the 3 devices above came from our local GengBBM and it is unknown if this was taken in Malaysia. From the comparison, the Z3 is about the same size as the top of the range Z30, which is no surprise considering both are having 5″ displays.
Codenamed Jakarta, the BlackBerry Z3 is said to be having a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The front 5″ display pushes a lower qHD resolution of 960×540 pixels, while imaging is taken care of by a 5MP main and 1.1MP front camera. Since this is a budget device, it lacks 4G LTE connectivity. The BlackBerry Z3 is expected to be launched in Indonesia this month with a low price tag below US$200 (less than RM700).
The BlackBerry Z10 4G LTE version is currently priced at RM818, which is less than half its original price 6 months ago. It is yet to be seen if a phone that’s a few hundred ringgit cheaper would change things for the struggling smart phone maker.
Head after the break for hands-on pics of the BlackBerry Z3 from Crackberry
The last BlackBerry 10.2.1 update for BlackBerry 10 devices had brought major changes with improved usability and support for Android APK files. Now a newer OS update that carries the version number 10.3 is on its way. While the increment in number looks big, the changes are rather subtle compared to the previous update.
Some of the new changes on the BlackBery 10.3 version include:
The 10.3 software update for the BlackBerry Z10 has been leaked out. If you’re adventurous, you can download it now which is about 1.6GB in size. To install, you may follow the step by step instructions over here.
Head after the break for more additional screenshots taken from the BlackBerry 10.3 OS.
BlackBerry which rolled out its BB 10.2.1 software update brings a host of new improvements and customisation. Looks like one guy isn’t too “happy” with the changes on his BlackBerry Z10. Now he has posted a long video rant about the new features and its “annoyance”. To further prove his point, he compared some of the new features side by side with an iPhone which is said to offer “better” user experience.
Whether you love Blackberry or hate it, you’ve gotta check out the 9 minute video after the break.
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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BlackBerry has finally announced its premium Porsche Design P’9982 that runs on their latest BlackBerry 10 OS. Underneath the internals are the same as the BlackBerry Z10 but comes with a much generous 64GB of on-board storage. If that’s not enough, there’s also an expandable microSD slot that supports up to additional 64GB.
It is powered with the similar dual-core 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM and the screen retains the identical 4.2″ display that does 1280×768. Juicing up the device is a 1,800mAh battery and it also supports 4G LTE with our local telcos(Band 3, 7) supported. For imaging, it comes with a 8MP main shooter and a front facing 2MP camera that does 720p video.
What you get for the premium price tag is the use of more upmarket materials. The back is wrapped with Italian Leather while the frame is made of stainless steel. For that extra exclusivity, the Porsche Design BlackBerry comes with a special BBM Pin number that starts with 2AA prefix. BlackBerry also offers a variety of accessories including a uniquely designed leather sleeve and multi-coloured leather back covers.
On the software side, there’s a customised Porsche Design look and feel as well. With the use of premium materials, the Porsche Design P’9982 is slightly thicker at 9.5mm (Z10: 9.0mm) and heavier at 140 grams (Z10: 137.5grams).
Being a Porsche Design, the P’9982 is priced at a rather premium 1,500 Pounds which is about RM7,600 if converted directly. It will be available through Harrods and Porsche Design Online Store. As comparison, its previous BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 which is based on the Bold 9900 was released in Malaysia at RM6,338.
Check out the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982 promo video and unboxing after the break.
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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.