BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1 will begin rolling out globally today for in-market BlackBerry 10 devices, including the Passport, Z30, and Q10.
Once downloaded, users will gain access to some new features, BlackBerry Assistant and “battery boosting technology.”
Here are some of the new or updated features, straight from BlackBerry:
- 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.”
- Dual app storefronts, offering hundreds of thousands of apps.
- BlackBerry Assistant: “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.”
- Time Saving Keyboard Shortcuts: “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.”
- More Battery Power: “You can now boost your battery life by up to 15 percent by customizing your Power Saving Profile.”
- 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. 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.”
Users 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.