Today, BlackBerry announced that the rollout of its latest version of the operating system has started. BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is in the process of being installed on seven of the company’s devices, namely the Q5, Q10, Z10, Z30, Z3, Porsche Design P’9983, as well as the Passport. The BlackBerry Classic is not on this list because it already comes with BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 preinstalled.
So now this iteration of the operating system is finally on its way to the rest of the Canadian company’s recent mobile device portfolio.
The update brings a lot of new features, as well as the usual bug fixes and improvements. The Amazon Appstore is now preinstalled, alongside BlackBerry World. Amazon’s storefront has so far been limited to the Passport, but it will now be found on all BlackBerry 10 devices.
Then the update contains BlackBerry Blend. This is a feature that brings messaging and content from your BlackBerry to your computer or tablet effortlessly.
BlackBerry Assistant is this company’s newcomer to the increasingly crowded virtual assistant space. It can take voice and text commands. The BlackBerry Hub has gained Instant Actions, a feature that lets you quickly organize your inbox without having to go into every message.
Keyboard shortcuts are back for the Q5, Q10, Porsche Design P’9983 and Passport. Your energy saving profile can now be customized, increasing battery life by up to 15%. The camera has new functions, including automatic recommendations. Now you have 17 preset equalizer options for media, and you can add favorite songs, photos or videos for easy access.
The new calendar meeting mode will automatically put your phone in silent mode for the duration of a meeting, then reactivate notifications when the meeting is over. There is also a new weekly agenda view. Finally, BBM Meetings is integrated with the latest version of BlackBerry OS, which should be good news for businesses.
When BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is ready to download and install on your phone, you receive a notification in the BlackBerry Hub. Of course, carriers could slow down the rollout, so if you bought your device from one of them, you might have to wait longer.