BlackBerry OS 10.2 will be the next major update for current BlackBerry 10 devices.The BlackBerry 10.2 beta SDK will be rolled out in June 2013. It will come with following features :
USB Host Capability : It will enable users to connect USB drives to BlackBerry smartphones and transfer files.
WiFi Direct and Miracast : It will allow WiFi connectivity directly between devices instead of going through a router.
Flurry Analytics : BlackBerry will use Flurry analytics which will help developers understand their customers base and create better apps.
Smart Cards : BlackBerry 10 devices will replace physical cards and will let access to physical buildings/rooms via NFC.
Altimeter support : The altimeter support will allow developers to make apps that can use altitude information.
Geofencing : Geofencing on BlackBerry 10 smartphones will allow developers ability to create local apps.
Android Jelly Bean Support : BlackBerry 10.2 will support Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2) apps to run in Android runtime.
Multiple alarms : BlackBerry 10.2 will support multiple alarms. Users will able to set multiple alarms on their BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
Standard Unicode Emojis : The next software update for BlackBerry 10 will support unicode Emojis.
Level 1 notifications : The BlackBerry 10.2 will see the return of Level 1 notifications.
Actionable notifications : BlackBerry 10.2 will come with actionable notifications. BlackBerry 10.2 users can respond straight from the notifications tab.
Wifi Direct : Wifi Direct enables simple peer-to-peer wireless connectivity between various devices like phones, tablets, printers and TVs.
Native Evernote app : The new BlackBerry 10.2 include a new native Evernote app.
USB Host compatibility : BlackBerry 10.2 OS will support USB Host compatibility. Users can connect USB sticks and transfer files.
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Update : New rumors suggest that BlackBerry’s next software update BlackBerry 10.2 OS will feature Lock screen notifications.
Update : BlackBerry’s next software update is leaked ahead of official launch. BlackBerry 10 users can now download BlackBerry 10.2.0.1047 OS from here.
Update : BlackBerry 10.2 Gold SDK now available to download from here. The new SDK supports headless apps, Android 4.2 runtime and many more features.
Update : A new unofficial build of BlackBerry 10.2 OS is now available to download for BlackBerry Z10 (model STL100-2/3/4) and BlackBerry Q10. You can download BlackBerry OS 10.2.0.1443 from CrackBerry forums.
Update : BlackBerry 10.2 will come with an option to select Dark or Light theme.
Update : BlackBerry 10.2 OS for BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5 will be available to download by the end of October 2013.
Update : BlackBerry officially announced the availability of BlackBerry 10.2 OS. The latest OS will be rolled out to BlackBerry 10 customers starting this week via carriers in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The update will be available for the BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5 smartphones.
BlackBerry 10.2 Features :
Priority Hub : New Priority Hub brings important conversations closer to you. Always at your fingertips, it learns what conversations are most important to you and automatically puts those messages at the top of your inbox.
BBM Video with Natural Sound : With this new feature BBM Video and Voice conversations between BlackBerry 10 smartphones sound more natural and realistic. Its the next best thing to being in the same room.
Instant Previews of BBM, SMS and Email from any app : See email, BBM and SMS message previews appear in any app – you can even respond to your BBM or SMS in any app.
Faster, Easier Sharing : BlackBerry 10.2 learns how you share and who you share with, helping you reduce the number of steps and amount of time it takes to get your files, photos, or documents to where they need to go.
Lock Screen Notifications : Notifications on the lock screen now let you take a peek at the latest email, text, BBM, or notification to see if that’s the message you’ve been waiting for or one that can wait for a while.
Calendar Enhancements : BlackBerry Calendar now comes with an ‘I’m running late’ function so you can instantly let meeting participants know if you’ll be late. You can even specify a new time in your notification.
How to update to BlackBerry 10.2 OS
To update your BlackBerry smartphone to BlackBerry 10.2 software, look for the alerts in the notifications section of the BlackBerry Hub. You can also check for software updates through the System Settings menu and selecting software updates.
Update : According to a new leaked image (pictured below), BlackBerry’s new OS 10 update will come with direct access to Google Play Store. BlackBerry 10.2.1 users will able to download Android apps straight from Play Store, eliminating the need of sideloading.
Update : BlackBerry has confirmed that Google Play Store Access will not be coming to BlackBerry 10 platform.
“We can confirm that there is no planned support for Google Play on BlackBerry. BlackBerry World remains the primary source for trusted and curated BlackBerry applications and we continue to support open standards and open source tools so BlackBerry developers can continue to create apps on any of the development platforms we support.”
Update : A new leaked OS is now available to download for all BlackBerry 10 download. The OS 10.2.1.1055 can be downloaded from the following links.
– runtime unlocked
– apk files install directly on device without apk to bar conversion or debug token
– Customizable quick settings
– group contacts
– Quick speed dial on Q10
– Music UI changes
– Call dialer changes
– BBM – vibrate on ping, new emoticons
– white balance adjuster
– picture lock password
– IBM notes traveler in accounts settings
– full device monitor
– new charge icon
– custom contact notifications
– wolfram alpha commands
– battery percentage in peak
– hub pinch gesture works
– Instagram video upload works
– BlackBerry 10 keyboard works without mods.
Update : Picture Password Demo on BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS
Update – BlackBerry 10.2.1 will feature a new ‘floating action bar’ on top of the keyboard. The floating action bar will include the most requested feature like back button and options key. BlackBerry is expected to release OS 10.2.1 in the coming weeks.
Update : The BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS will come with a new ‘Running Shift’ feature that makes text selection a breeze. Press and hold the shift key and you can move your thumb anywhere on the screen to move that cursor and do the text selection.
Update : According to new rumors, BlackBerry will begin the global rollout of BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS on January 28th 2014. It will be the biggest software update since the launch of BlackBerry 10.
Update : BlackBerry will host an exclusive media event in Malaysia on January 23rd to showcase a preview of BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS features which will enhance BlackBerry 10 experience. The 10.2.1 OS update is one of most significant update since the launch of BlackBerry 10.
Update : BlackBerry has officially confirmed that the BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS global rollout will begin on January 28th 2014. It will be the biggest software update since the launch of BlackBerry 10 OS.
Update : BlackBerry has begin the rollout of BlackBerry 10.2.1 OS. It is designed to help BlackBerry 10 to become more productive and stay connected all the time.
BlackBerry 10.2.1 Highlights:
BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements that will make the things you do every day faster and easier:
Customize Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry Hub – BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your messages and notifications in one place. A new feature lets you instantly filter the message list in the Hub. You can customize the Hub to show only Unread Messages, Flagged Messages, Draft Messages, Meeting Invites, Sent Messages or Level 1 Alerts. Once the filter criterion is set, you can simply activate it with a pinch gesture on the Hub’s message list.
Simplified Phone Experience – The phone includes a new incoming call screen that lets you swipe to the left to answer or swipe right to ignore a call. New intuitive icons allow you to instantly silence the call, or send a Reply Now response through BBM™, SMS or email that you can’t answer the phone right away. You can choose from a list of standard automated responses or respond with a personalized note.
SMS and Email Groups – You can now create SMS and email groups for more efficient broadcast communications.
Actionable Lock Screen Notifications – You can now “Tap to open” a message that appears on the lock screen, letting you respond to an important message much quicker or to check messages more discreetly.
Picture Password for Quick Unlocking – You can quickly unlock your phone using a combination of a picture and a number (0-9) of your choice, which you place at a particular point on the image. When you try to unlock the phone, the picture will appear along with a grid of random numbers. To unlock, simply drag the grid so the number you selected overlays the particular point on the image.
Customizable Quick Settings Menu – You can now customize what appears on the Settings menu, which includes features such as being able to quickly change the Brightness of the smartphone’s display, toggle various network connections, and access the built-in flashlight. The Settings menu also includes a toggle that lets you instantly switch between your Personal and Work perimeter.
Offline Browser Reading Mode – You can now save the current web page you’re on for later viewing, even if you are offline or without an Internet connection.
Preferred Contact Sync – You can now choose the sync source for your Contacts ensuring you always have the most up-to-date contact details. When adding a new contact you can designate which sources you want the contact info to sync with, such as the corporate address book, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.
Device and Battery Monitor – A new and improved device monitor provides you with essential details on battery usage, the impact of installed apps on battery life and memory usage and storage, as well as CPU stats.
FM Radio – If you have a BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, the new software update unlocks the built-in FM radio in those handsets. You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection.
Automatic Software Updates – OS updates can be set to happen automatically over a Wi-Fi® connection to help ensure you’re always benefiting from the latest and best possible customer experience.
Enterprise Features – When combined with BES10 version 10.2, enterprise customers will gain additional security features and IT policies for when more granular controls are required, such as for regulated industries and for organizations that work with sensitive data. For more information about BES10, please visit bes10.com.
Subject to carrier approvals, BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 will be available to customers around the world, rolling out starting January 28th in the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, and will be available for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10 (including the Porsche Design P’9982).
How to update to BlackBerry v10.2.1
To update your BlackBerry smartphone to BlackBerry 10.2.1 software, look for the alert in the notifications section of the BlackBerry Hub. You can also check for software updates through the System Settings menu and selecting Software Updates. The download will happen in the background, so your information remains safe and you can continue to use your smartphone as it downloads.
Update : Step-by-Step guide to download APK files from Google Play Store
Step 1 – Visit Google Play Store and search for the app that you want to download.
Step 2 – Copy the url of the selected app.
Step 3 – Go to evozi APK downloader (http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/) and enter the above url. Click ‘Generate Download Link’ and download the Android APK straight to your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Install the downloaded APK file and enjoy BlackBerry 10.2.1 experience.
Update : BlackBerry 10.2 Named ‘The World’s Best Mobile OS’
BlackBerry has officially announced that the BlackBerry 10.2 OS has been named ‘The World’s Best Mobile OS’ by Digit, India’s largest selling technology magazine.
“We are extremely excited with the results of the test, as it is a testament to our commitment to provide the best experience to our consumers, without compromise,” said Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India.