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Blackberry updates Blackberry 10 OS

Introduces major improvements such as extended battery life and camera features
Fri Mar 01 2013, 12:37
Blackberry 10 was unveiled at an event in London

CANADIAN PHONE FIRM Blackberry has updated its Blackberry 10 operating system (OS) for the first time since its launch in January.

The software update brings five main improvements to the OS, including extended battery life, more camera features and better third party app performance.

"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," the firm said in a blog post. "You've been using it for weeks, and we've been listening to your feedback, and have been working on an update just for you."

The first of the five major updates is an improvement in third party app performance so developers can build apps that run faster and smoother. Blackberry said that this update will lead to some fresh apps, such as Whatsapp, launching in March.

The update also includes revised Phone, Calendar, and Contacts feaures, an improvement to the way Blackberry Hub logs calls and improvements in how conversations are handled.

In addition, Blackberry said it made general improvements to importing contacts from online sources.

Snaphappy Blackberry 10 users will also be pleased that the firm has optimised the camera to take better photos in low-light situations.

But perhaps the most significant improvements the update brings are a number of battery life optimisations. Blackberry said it has rolled out over 60 battery saving improvements to extend battery life.

"Heavy users especially should see a longer average usage per charge cycle," the firm added.

Blackberry has also made a number of improvements to the way the browser handles video playback.

Users will receive a notification to update the Blackberry 10 OS, as the software update is available over the air.

"You can manually check to see if it has been made available by your service provider and install it in a few simple steps," Blackberry said.

Access "Settings", then "Software Updates", then "Check for Updates", and then follow the on screen steps to install the update. The download is approximately 150MB in size, so users should update while connected to WiFi.

Blackberry said that the update will be rolled out to all of its carrier partners around the globe "over the coming weeks". µ


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