Canadian Smartphone giant BlackBerry has started rolling out a major software update v10.3.1 on all compatible BB10 smartphones, which include Q5, Q10, Z10, Z30, Z3, Porsche Design P’9983, Porsche Design P’9982 and the unique BlackBerry Passport.
Besides several changes, the new update will also add Amazon App stores to some of these devices which don’t already have it. Users can download and run Android apps on BlackBerry devices using Amazon App store, which will perhaps help narrow the wide App gap between two ecosystems.
BB 10.3.1 also offers some UI changes for a fresher look, besides enhancing existing software features. The update includes BlackBerry Blend, which will help users access content and messages on the BlackBerry conveniently on other devices including PC (Windows, Mac) and tablets (Android, iOS).
Users can also boost battery life by up to 15 percent by customizing Power Saving Profile. This feature allows you to restrict some apps and functions which you don’t value.
The updated camera software will offer recommendation to choose a particular shooting mode based on ambient conditions. Default camera app will now allow you to shoot videos and photos at the same time.
Keyboard shortcuts are also back for phones with a physical QWERTY keyboard. You can now make use of nearly every letter in the physical keyboard and give it an action like Speed Dial for a contact, or use them to launch your most-used apps.
Other features include ability to “favourite” songs, photos and videos, 17 preset equalizer modes, an Improved Calendar app with a new meeting mode which automatically sets silent profile at scheduled meeting time in calendar app and more.
The update will be rolling out all across the world starting from Europe and followed by the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Recently launched BlackBerry Classic has been excluded from this list, because it is already running BB10.3.1 software. When the update is available for your device, you will receive a notification in BlackBerry Hub.