BlackBerry OS 10.2 rollout begins for Z10, Q10 and Q5 smartphones

BlackBerry OS 10.2 rollout begins for Z10, Q10 and Q5 smartphones

Summary: BlackBerry 10 handsets get software update, starting this week, to add Priority Hub and other features.

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Mobile operators will this week start rolling out the BlackBerry OS 10.2 update to BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Q5 handsets.

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

BlackBerry said the rollout will start with carriers in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, with other countries "to follow". The Z30, BlackBerry's latest phablet model, comes with 10.2 installed.

The update will bring Priority Hub to the handsets (previously a feature of the Z30) which allows users to put important conversations at the top of their inbox. The attachment view, also already a feature on the Z30, separates these items from mail, making them easier to find.

Email, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and SMS message previews will appear in any app, and users can respond to messages without leaving the app they are using.

BlackBerry said other additions include easier copy-and-paste and easier sharing to BBM, Facebook and Twitter. Owners of Z10, Q10 and Q5 smartphones will also get access to the lock screen notifications which debuted on the Z30, so that they can preview (sender and subject line) email, text, BMM or other notifications without unlocking their handset.

BlackBerry said the calendar comes with an "I'm running late" function to let participants know if you’ll be late.

The company had high hopes for its BlackBerry 10 handsets but they have failed to make the impact the company wanted: last month revealed a $965m loss for its second financial quarter of which $934m was due to a what the company described as the "Z10 inventory charge", as the touchscreen device has failed to sell in the quantities that BlackBerry hoped.

The company has said it will cut 4,500 staff, and focus on the "enterprise and prosumer market". It also signed a letter of intent with a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings, which has offered to acquire the company for $4.7bn.

BlackBerry also said BBM, which is now available on non-BlackBerry handsets, clocked over 10 million downloads on Android and Apple iOS devices in the first 24 hours of its launch.

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  • well...

    Does anyone really care about the updates considering 10 million people would rather download bbs to their other phone than buy a blackberry phone? I know of no one who owns a blackberry phone.
    david gojira
    • re: well...

      Yes we do care. Business users that is, who rely heavily on BlackBerry.
      ebone9999
    • Sales not too bad in the UK

      Sales of the z10 weren't too bad in the uk. I know several people with them (including myself). The OS is great but they've trapped themselves in the state of

      no apps = few users = no apps
      5uperdan
    • We Care

      We use BB extensively at work, and so does most businesses I know, well any business that cares about security that is.
      regardless of how many articles I read about how much the iPhone/Androids are taking over as the corporate phone, I still see more BlackBerrys whenever I attend a corporate event.
      Iain.Davidson@...
  • BlackBerry 10.2 well done!

    BB may be a small market but important. If your are a customer you can switch between devices each contract. As a company it takes longer. BB has delivered useful update quicker than any other vendor. After my experience with WP and Android (comparison with ios make no sense to me) I preferred BlackBerry. Let's forget about numbers just try and you will see the difference.
    ambek
  • Blackberry is irrelevant

    A few years back the big question was, "iPhone or BB?" Half of us went with iPhones and the other half with BlackBerry. Now, anybody who made the mistake of buying a blackberry is buying an iPhone. Blackberries are terrible phones. I've had multiple friends who have had different models and they all face the same software and physical problems. The phones quite literally fall apart. Buttons randomly become loose, pixels get distorted with no real cause and the internal malfunctions aren't even worth the purchase.
    monacrimosa
  • BlackBerry 10 updates are great

    There have been huge improvements in BB10 this year. If you want comprehensive features without the privacy invasion of Google, BB10 is the most comprehensive way to go.
    John Hanks