Lately, it’s seemed like every time we’ve had the opportunity to talk about BlackBerry, it’s had to do with BlackBerry the company: who’s leading it, how it seeks to restore its business, and all that. But today we get to put all that off to the side and focus on the phones themselves, as we see the release of a new software update bringing the platform up to version 10.2.1.
Following installation, users will notice a whole lot of changes throughout the system. New controls allow the settings menu to be customized, there’s the introduction of a picture-based unlock, and the BlackBerry Hub lets you filter messages with a quick pinch of the screen. An improved device monitor gives you info on memory usage and battery life, the incoming call display gets tweaked, and you can now create user groups for both SMS and email.
Add in a cached offline browser mode, new enterprise features, and the ability to automatically install platform updates over WiFi, and you’ll start to get the picture of just how many changes are present here. It even activates previously dormant FM radio support on hardware like the Z30 and Q10.
Look for BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 to start hitting handsets around the globe beginning today.