BlackBerry Issues First Software Update for BB10, Improves Battery Life, Camera, and More

This morning, BlackBerry issued a software update for Z10s focused on user feedback.

“We’ve been listening to your feedback, and have been working on an update just for you,” the Canadian company says. “It’s already available from some carriers and we’re working closely with all our carrier partners to get it to you as soon as possible.”

BlackBerry cites five of the main improvements of the update on its blog:

1. Camera

We’ve optimized the camera for better photos in low-light situations. You’ll love the difference this makes for photos where you don’t use a flash – like the Time Shift Camera feature.

2. Battery Life

The software team has included a number of battery life optimizations with over 60 battery saving improvements since launch to keep you moving. These combined improvements are designed so that you see improvements in battery life and heavy users especially should see a longer average usage per charge cycle.

3. Browser and Media

With more and more of you using the gorgeous screen on the BlackBerry Z10 to consume online videos and media, we’ve made a number of improvements to the software in the way the browser handles video playback to provide a fantastic experience.

SEE ALSO: Our Review of the BlackBerry Z10

4. 3rd Party App Performance

We’ve improved performance for 3rd party applications, so developers can build apps that run fast and smooth for you. With this update, you might want to keep an eye out for some fresh new app launches in March, like WhatsApp.

5. Phone, Calendar, and Contacts

Among the top improvements and features are fixes for Gmail calendars on BlackBerry 10. You’ll also find improvements in the BlackBerry Hub for logging calls log and how conversations are handled. We’ve also made general improvements to importing contacts from online sources.

BlackBerry warns that the update is 150MB in size, advising users to update via wifi. The update can be accessed through a notification in the Hub, or manually scoped out in the settings menu.