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BlackBerry 10 OS update: Android app installer, FM radio among new features

BlackBerry has updated its OS to version 10.2.1 and is promising hundreds of new enhancements and refinements to boot.

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The smartphone manufacturer will deliver the over-the-air update to device owners in the coming days with a number of small tweaks designed to make it a better user experience for anyone that uses any of the company’s devices

One of the main enhancements is a change made to the BlackBerry Hub notification centre that makes it easier to filter the message list by using a customised pinch gesture.

Another new feature is implementation of an easier system to answer calls that comes in the form of a new incoming call screen that lets the user swipe left to answer and right ignore a call. Device owners can also instantly silence a call or send a reply now response through BBM, SMS or email if busy when a call comes through.

Other small tweaks BlackBerry has added includes being able to action messages when the device is locked, a picture password that uses a combination of a picture and digit from one to nine to unlock, and the quick settings bar can be customised easily.

The operating system’s inbuilt browser now allows web pages to be saved and read online at a time when a connection isn’t available with the FM radio included on the Z30, Q10, and Q5 smartphones unlocked and able to receive local FM stations even without a network connection.

When it comes to enterprise customers, combining the new OS version with BES10 version 10.2 will give extra security features and IT policies for regulated industries or organisations that work with sensitive data.

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Once carriers have approved the new OS version it will be rolled out to markets around the world from today with all phones running BB10 able to access it.

Jamie Hinks
Jamie Hinks

Jamie is a freelance writer with over eight years experience writing for online audiences about technology and other topics. In his time writing for ITProPortal he wrote daily news stories covering the IT industry and the worldwide technology market, as well as features that covered every part of the IT market, from the latest start ups to multinational companies and everything encompassed by the IT sector. He has also written tech content for our sister publication, TechRadar Pro. Jamie has since moved into sports betting content and is Content Manager at Betbull.