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Blackberry pushes out Blackberry OS 10.2 update to Q10, Q5 and Z10 handsets

Delivers Prority Hub, Instant Previews and an improved keyboard
Thu Oct 24 2013, 13:52
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CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry has started rolling out its Blackberry OS 10.2 update to Q10, Q5 and Z10 smartphones.

The Blackberry OS 10.2 update, which comes preloaded on the firm's Blackberry Z30 smartphone, is and upgrade for the Blackberry Q10 and Z10 handsets, as well as the cheaper Blackberry Q5 handset.

While Blackberry's latest financial results might suggest that there aren't many users of these smartphones, the update delivers software patches and a host of new features to those that have picked up a Blackberry 10 smartphone.

Chief among the new features is Priority Hub, a feature that learns which of your conversations are the most important and automatically puts these at the top of your inbox. Instant Previews of BBM, SMS and Email is a feature which lets users respond from messages from any application.

Improvements to the keyboard are included in the update, too. Blackberry explained, "With personalised next word suggestion, auto-correction, and the distinctive Blackberry keyboard layout, we've built this keyboard to help you have conversations with speed and accuracy.

"And on the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Z30, improved audio feedback with distinct tones for specific keys like backspace, and shift helps you type more confidently because you'll have more reassurance you've hit the right key."

The Blackberry OS 10.2 update also delivers improvements to copy and paste, enhanced media sharing, lock screen notifications and enhancements to the Calendar application.

Blackberry said the Blackberry OS 10.2 update is rolling out in Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East from this week, while those in the US won't get it until sometime this winter. Keep an eye out out for a notification of the update's availability in the Blackberry Hub, or check for it manually in System Settings > Software Updates. µ


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