BlackBerry Live is taking place in Florida this week, and during the keynote this morning, CEO Thorsten Heins announced that BlackBerry 10.1 is now available for Z10 owners. The Q10 already comes preinstalled with BB 10.1.
According to BlackBerry, BB 10.1 comes with the following:
BlackBerry Hub: The BlackBerry Hub lets you access all of your messages and notifications in one place. With BlackBerry 10.1, support for PIN to PIN messages for direct communication between BlackBerry smartphones has been added to the BlackBerry Hub. Plus, improved attachment support in the BlackBerry Hub makes it easier to view emails that have been sent as attachments to other messages.
Notifications: With BlackBerry 10.1 you can personalize the notifications for your accounts and contacts, so you always know what is happening around you. You can customize ringtones, vibration, and the LED light by contact or by account for more personalized notifications.
Fine cursor control: BlackBerry 10.1 makes it easier and more accurate to pinpoint exactly where you want to type. Tap once to bring up the cursor. Grab the blue circle and drag it around to place it exactly where you need it. Tap either side of the circle to move left or right by just one character. It's easy to move around with speed and precision.
Camera: BlackBerry 10 lets you create the perfect shot by moving parts of your picture backwards and forwards in time with Time Shift mode. BlackBerry 10.1 adds an HDR shooting mode for beautiful images in tricky lighting conditions. A standard image takes a picture at one exposure level. Where you have high contrast between light and dark areas of the photo, fine details can be lost. High dynamic range (HDR) mode takes multiple pictures at different exposure levels and layers them automatically to produce a single photo that combines the best of the dark and light areas.
Misc: You'll find lots of new improvements across the BlackBerry 10 OS, like landscape support for the calendar, easier international dialing, improved red eye reduction in the picture editor, and much more. The first step to discovering these new features is to update your BlackBerry 10 software.
I will update my Z10 as soon as I can, and take these new features for a spin. I am particularly interested in seeing if Facebook updates now sync properly in the Hub (my read status would never update), how improved the camera is, and how the calendar now works in landscape.
I also want to know when, and if, the PlayBook is really going to see a BlackBerry 10 release, as was promised months ago.