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Priority Hub enhances your communications experience
In May, BlackBerry rolled out the BB 10.1 update for the Z10, launched on the Q10, and this week are rolling out the 10.2 update that launches on the new BlackBerry Z30.
The 10.2 update is detailed in full over on CrackBerry.com. I followed their tutorial to easily update the Z10 and Q10 without waiting for carrier approvals. The 10.2 update improves functionality and adds many nice features that I would have loved to have seen at the BlackBerry 10 launch.
Some of my favorite new updates and functions appearing in the BlackBerry 10.2 update include:
- Lock screen notification previews: You can now tap on the left icon to see a preview of the first several messages, Tweets, notifications right on the lock screen. You cannot jump right to that notification though, but the preview function is handy.
- Priority Hub: This filter is applied to BlackBerry Hub based on three factors that you can toggle on and off. It is a nice way to quickly filter through your busy communications portal.
- Instant preview and reply: Like we saw in WebOS, notifications appear for a couple seconds at the top of your screen and then go away. For text messages and BBM you can tap on them, reply, and then go right back to what you were doing on the display.
- Multiple alarms: I always thought it was my error in using BB10 with alarms and couldn't fathom that they limited you to a single alarm. That was the case though and now that is fixed with this update.
- New copy/paste buttons: Since I use so many different mobile operating systems, I often confuse the copy/paste icons. These are much improved in the 10.2 update and I appreciate that.
There are many more functions and features in the BB 10.2 update so definitely check out CrackBerry.com for all the details. I showed a few functions in my video below.
The USB host function does not work on the Z10 due to hardware limitations, but it does work on the Z30 and Q10. I couldn't get the reply now function to work on the Z10 or Q10. This lets you send a text reply when you ignore a call, like what you see on Android and iOS.
We are also seeing more applications coming to BB10, including Flipboard on the Z10.
BlackBerry 10 is a user-friendly OS and if communications are your key smartphone function then it is a compelling OS to consider. I could likely make it my daily driver with the web browser filling in for apps that I use that are missing (USAA bank, ESPN Fantasy Football, Gmail). Then again, I love my HTC One and don't see any reason to give up apps even though the BB10 experience is enjoyable.