Battery and camera boosted in BlackBerry 10 update

BlackBerry has already begun rolling out updates to its new BB10 operating system.

Based on user feedback, the phone manufacturer issued a software update for BlackBerry 10 smartphones to some service providers, while the company continues to work with other carriers to provide the fixes.

"It's almost been a month since we officially unveiled the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones and many of you already have a BlackBerry Z10 in hand," Michael Clewley, senior product manager in the handheld software product department, wrote in a blog post. "You've been using it for weeks, and we've been listening to your feedback."

Most notably, the company took heed of fans' complaints over battery life by extending more than 60 battery-saving improvements, designed especially for heavy phone users who should see longer average usage per charge cycle, Clewley said.

The updated software also includes improved performance for third-party apps (with new launches this month), fixes for Gmail calendars, and enhancements to the BlackBerry Hub's call log. The company also optimised its camera for better-quality photos in low-light situations. "You'll love the different this makes for photos where you don't use a flash," Clewley said, citing the Time Shift Camera feature.

Additionally, BlackBerry upped the Web-browser ante, allowing it to handle video playback more smoothly, taking full advantage of the touch-screen display.

BlackBerry's software update is rolling out over the air, meaning Z10 owners will get a notification about new updates; users can also manually check for an available update by going to Settings, Software Update, Check for Updates, then following the on-screen steps to install. The download is about 150MB, and should be performed while connected to Wi-Fi.