BlackBerry 10 update adds picture passwords, message filter

BlackBerry 10 update adds picture passwords, message filter

Summary: An update to the BlackBerry 10 operating system adds message filtering, picture password and offline browser reading mode.


An update to the BlackBerry 10 operating system is now available to owners of BlackBerry Z30, Z10, Q5 and Q10 smartphones.

The 10.2.1 update, which is also available for the Porsche Design P'9982 smartphone, includes a number of enhancements and will be available via mobile carriers from today, subject to the smartphone maker's approval.

BlackBerry Z30: Hands-on with BlackBerry's flagship phablet

BlackBerry Z30: Hands-on with BlackBerry's flagship phablet

BlackBerry Z30: Hands-on with BlackBerry's flagship phablet

Additions include an update to the BlackBerry Hub's filtering, meaning it will only show certain message types such as unread messages, flagged messages, or meeting invites.

The feature can be activated with a pinch gesture on the Hub's message list.

A new incoming call screen allows users to swipe to the left to answer or swipe right to ignore a call, while intuitive icons allow users to silence a call, or send a response through BBM, text or email.

When message notifications on the lock screen are tapped they'll now open the message, while the phone can be unlocked by a combination of a picture password and (single digit) number.

When a user tries to unlock the phone, the picture will appear along with a grid of random numbers. To unlock, users will have to drag the grid so the number selected overlays the correct point on the image.

BlackBerry 10.2.1 also features an offline browser reading mode so that web pages can be saved for later. Operating system updates can also now be set to happen automatically over a wi-fi connection.

For owners of the Z30, Q10 or Q5 handsets the new software update also unlocks the built-in FM radio in those handsets. BlackBerry said the update would be available from today from mobile operators in the US, Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Once a smartphone giant, BlackBerry has lost ground to iPhones and Android devices and its BlackBerry 10 handsets have not generated the excitement the company had hoped for; while it still has loyal enterprise customers, the company it has seen its marketshare tumble.

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Topics: Mobility, Mobile OS, BlackBerry, Smartphones

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  • How about re-writing the browser?

    How about re-writing the browser as a native app?
    • What are you talking about?

      It is a native app. It uses WebKit, but it is certainly built for BB10. It identifies as Safari to overcome prejudice against BlackBerry (true), but it's definitely native.
  • Nice...

    I'm enjoying the improvements such as the preview messages at the top and the ability to reply in-line.
  • 2 cents

    Well, since I cannot edit the paid article all I will do is comment.

    1st: Your headline and summary highlights not so exciting things about the update. Sounds to me you deliberately made it sound boring, this is 2014 bro. People are not blind anymore. Everyone knows corruption is everywhere. Which leads me to your last paragraph...

    I understand writing an ending or summary is a standard format in writing but the one you wrote is not only out of context but makes you think you were reading some financial news instead of a technological article. Talking about the company is for financial advisors and firms. Not for tech writers.

    I know it's probably not your fault you write articles like this. You just want your check every week like everyone else. Just think about your career as a writer and think of the bigger picture. Just my 2 cents
    • keep your 2 cents

      why every article needs to be paid for, especially if it is about blackberry? would you have put your 2 cents on a iphone or android article? regardless of whether blackberry is losing market share or money, and despite your article opinion, it is still the best and only stable smart phone in the market, in terms of hardware and software. I would not put a dime on an android device or iphone, starting from the Samsung to the cheapest brand...they are all full of bugs and crap. here is my take on your opinion, nothing personal, like it or not.