BlackBerry rolls out OS 10.3.1 for existing smartphones; includes Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry Blend

BlackBerry started rolling out its latest software to existing devices like the Z10, Z30, Q10, and more.

Yesterday BlackBerry announced BB 10 OS 10.3.1 started rolling out to previous generation BlackBerry 10 devices, including the Z10, Z30, Q10, Q5, and Z3.

The software update brings major enhancements to these existing devices. The update is rolling out in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. It will be available across the entire line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones. I still have a T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10, but the update isn't available quite yet as it has to first pass through wireless carrier approval.

The OS 10.3.1 update includes the following:

  • BlackBerry Blend
  • Amazon Appstore
  • BlackBerry Assistant
  • BlackBerry Hub with Instant Actions
  • Time Saving Keyboard Shortcuts
  • More Battery Power with new Power Saving Profile
  • New Camera Functions, including HDR, Time Shift, and more
  • New Calendar Meeting Mode
  • BBM Meetings

It's great to see BlackBerry providing the update across all BlackBerry 10 smartphones. As you can see in the above list, this is not just a minor update either. Adding native Android app support through the Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry Blend are key functions that vastly improve the BlackBerry 10 experience.