New in this release
Introducing BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1
BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1 introduces powerful new features designed to boost your productivity, such as BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant, and Battery Saving Mode. It also introduces updates to existing features, such as Instant Actions in the BlackBerry Hub, Meeting Mode in the Calendar app, and automatic suggestions in the Camera app.
The power of BlackBerry, now on your computer and tablet! With BlackBerry Blend you can access and use your work and personal email and instant messages, files, and certain apps on a computer or a tablet the same way you would use them on your BlackBerry device.
To download and learn more about BlackBerry Blend, visit www.blackberry.com/BlackBerryBlend.
The BlackBerry Assistant app makes it even easier for you to multi-task using your BlackBerry device!
With the BlackBerry Assistant app, you can perform a variety of everyday tasks by talking or typing in natural language. When you say or type a request, the BlackBerry Assistant app can perform your request, search your device, or search the Internet, and provide a response.
Using the BlackBerry Assistant app you can start a BBM chat, make a phone call, send an email message, or add an event to your calendar. You can also update your status in social networking apps, and search for directions, weather forecasts, information about restaurants or shopping, and more.
Updated look and feel
Splashes of color, flattened buttons and screen layouts, and new wallpaper and icons – these are some of the elements you will notice with the fresh new look of BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1.
Modernized visual elements help you navigate your BlackBerry device and improve your productivity within apps. In the apps installed with the BlackBerry 10 OS, the action bar at the bottom of the screen uses color to highlight the next, or next best action. Icons for key tasks remain visible in the action bar to help you stay productive and get work done. In some apps, for example Adobe Reader, the action bar disappears when you scroll, giving you a full-screen view of the content.
On the home screen you can see your open apps, and when you swipe left you can see all your apps. By default, when no apps are open, the home screen displays only your wallpaper. Also, there is no restriction on the number of apps you can add to folders on the home screen.
Get apps and games designed for Android devices and install them on your BlackBerry device from the Amazon Appstore!
Your device uses BlackBerry Guardian to check the integrity of the Android apps you download to your device. BlackBerry Guardian can warn you if the app is potentially harmful to your device or data, and gives you the option to cancel or continue the installation.
Android apps that you download to your device are closely integrated with the BlackBerry 10 OS. When you tap the share icon in an Android app, you can share the Android app content with contacts that are associated with other apps on your device (for example, BBM contacts) or share the information with another app (for example, the BlackBerry Remember app). Also, on the Accounts screen, you can view accounts that are associated with some Android apps that you download to your device.
Improvements have been made to the BlackBerry 10 OS to help improve the life of the battery in your BlackBerry device so that your device is ready to perform when you are.
Battery Saving Mode lets you set options to conserve battery power. By default, when your device is in Battery Saving Mode, the device reduces the brightness of the screen and doesn't turn on the screen when it receives notifications.
You can also turn off the Run When Minimized app permission so that when you minimize an app it doesn't continue to consume battery power.
With a single tap, BlackBerry Hub Instant Actions let you quickly sort and manage messages in the list view of the BlackBerry Hub! From the BlackBerry Hub, you can file sent email messages, set how frequently an IMAP account syncs with your BlackBerry device, download and save all the attachments in an email message with a single tap, delete the text of the original email when you reply, and automatically save a draft version of an email message by leaving the BlackBerry Hub.
In the BlackBerry Hub, you can also set the amount of content that is downloaded in your email messages when your device is connected to the wireless network and while roaming. You can view preview text for each email when you use the Conversation display style, forward a PIN message as an email, and set separate automatic replies for your internal and external contacts.
The BlackBerry Hub has been updated to improve the relevance of suggested contacts. The BlackBerry Hub suggests contacts that are associated with the email account you are sending the email from and contacts that you have communicated with in the last 60 days.
The Calendar app now has an Agenda view and a Meeting Mode feature. The Agenda view lets you see your appointments and tasks for the week. The Meeting Mode feature automatically changes the notification behavior of your BlackBerry device when the device detects that you have a meeting or an event scheduled in the Calendar app. For example, you can set Meeting Mode to automatically turn off all notifications or notify you for phone calls only when you are in a meeting. When the meeting ends, your notifications return to your normal settings.
Reminder notifications for events in the Calendar app have a fresh new look! From an event reminder, you can notify the meeting organizer that you will be late, locate the meeting using BlackBerry Maps, set a custom snooze time instead of the default snooze time, or join a conference call. If you have multiple events in your Calendar that start at the same time, all of the events display in one reminder notification.
The Calendar app is more closely integrated with the BlackBerry Remember app. You can create a task in the Calendar app, and view that task in both the Calendar app and the BlackBerry Remember app.
If you add a Microsoft Exchange email account to your BlackBerry device, you can choose the Contact folders that are set up in Microsoft Exchange that you want to sync with your device. You can also touch and hold contact information, such as an address, phone number, or email address, and quickly copy it so that you can paste it into another app.
The BlackBerry Remember app lets you quickly filter information by tapping the Tasks or Notes tab at the top of the screen. You can set Tasks or Notes as your default view and search for an existing task or note. You can group tasks into task lists, group notes into folders, and use tags to categorize tasks and notes.
The BlackBerry Remember app is more closely integrated with the Calendar app. You can create a task in the BlackBerry Remember app, and view that task in both the BlackBerry Remember app and the Calendar app.
If your BlackBerry device uses BlackBerry Balance technology, a Camera app is now available in your work space. Pictures and videos taken using the Camera app in your work space are saved in the camera and videos folders in your work space.
A separate Camera app is still available in your personal space that saves pictures and videos in your personal space.
Notifications and ringtones
Ringtones that were previously available only on BlackBerry devices running BlackBerry 7.1 or earlier are now available on your device!
Notification profiles control the sound, volume, vibration, and LED color of your notifications. You can set notifications by application, contact, and messaging account. You can customize the predefined notification profiles available on your device and create new profiles. You can even create custom notification profiles for your contacts. Also, if you switch from a device running BlackBerry 7.1 or earlier, you can import your custom notification profiles when you complete the device switch process.
The Camera app lets you snap a picture, record a video, and switch between the front and back cameras from the main screen. You can even take a picture while recording a video!
By default, the Camera app detects the conditions of the scene you want to take a picture or video of, and suggests the settings to use. Automatic suggestions allow you to focus less on the Camera app and more on capturing the moment! And, if you take a picture using Time Shift mode, you now have the option to save the picture and edit it later.
The Camera app also has new menu options. You can create a panoramic image, and you can set a higher frame rate (60 fps) when recording a video, which is useful when recording fast-moving objects.
If your BlackBerry device uses BlackBerry Balance technology, a Camera app is now also available in your work space.
BlackBerry Story Maker
The BlackBerry Story Maker app takes the work out of making picture and video collections by grouping the pictures and videos on your BlackBerry device by date, time, or location. BlackBerry Story Maker presents stories to you in the Date view of the Pictures app. BlackBerry Story Maker can also suggest stories based on pictures and videos that are favorites, most viewed, recently viewed, and recently added.
From the BlackBerry Story Maker app, you can easily add favorite pictures and videos to your stories. You can also personalize your stories by changing the theme and editing the pictures and music before sharing the stories with your friends, colleagues, and family.
The Map feature in the Pictures app lets you see the locations where you have taken pictures. With a quick tap on the map, you can view all of your pictures from that location!
The Pictures app also now lets you mark pictures that you want to be able to hide. After you select the pictures that you want to be able to hide, before you pass your BlackBerry device to a friend or coworker, with a quick swipe and tap, you can hide the pictures that you selected.
You can change how pictures are organized within albums in the Pictures app. By default, the Pictures app displays newer pictures before older pictures. The Favorites view lets you quickly see your favorite pictures.
The Pictures app is more closely integrated with the BlackBerry Story Maker app. You can quickly send pictures to BlackBerry Story Maker to create a story or add to an existing story. By default, the BlackBerry Story Maker app creates automatic stories that appear across the top of your picture collections. You can turn off automatic story creation from the Pictures app.
When you open the Videos app, videos that you recently added or played appear across the top of the screen. The Favorites view lets you quickly see your favorite videos. And you can edit your videos so that the video, or part of the video, plays in slow motion. You can also adjust the quality of the sound in your videos by changing the equalizer options.
The Videos app is more closely integrated with the BlackBerry Story Maker app. You can quickly send videos to BlackBerry Story Maker to create a story or add to an existing story.
A marquee banner is displayed at the top of the Music app. The marquee banner gives you details about the song that is currently playing, and lets you play, pause, and change the song. Also new in the Music app is a Favorites view which lets you quickly see your favorite songs. You can also adjust the quality of the sound played by the Music app by changing the equalizer options.
From the home screen, the BlackBerry Hub, or the Phone app, you can perform a task simply by pressing and holding a specific key on the BlackBerry Keyboard. For example, keyboard shortcuts can let you quickly open frequently used apps, call a speed dial entry, or compose a message from one of your email accounts.
Your BlackBerry device has predefined keyboard shortcuts. You can also create your own keyboard shortcuts, and change the shortcut action that is assigned to a key.
To help you track your data usage, the Device Monitor screen lets you see the total amount of data used by your BlackBerry device, including data usage while roaming, and the total amount of data used by the apps on your device. You can also specify limits and set notifications that are displayed on the device to help you monitor the amount of data you use.
A new gesture lets you open the Quick Settings menu when you are in an app. Use two fingers to swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick Settings menu.
You can now rearrange the options in the Settings menu and move options that you access frequently to the top of the Setting menu to make them more accessible to you.
Advanced interactions are designed to help you do things faster. Advanced interactions let you control the behavior of your BlackBerry device when you move it in a certain manner. For example, you can set up your device so that the screen turns off and the device goes into standby mode when you place the device face down on a flat surface.
To improve the security of information on your BlackBerry device, you can control what appears in notifications on the screen when your device is locked. For example, you can change your settings so that only the name of the sender of a message appears; the subject line and other message details are not displayed. You can also change your wallpaper settings so that a different wallpaper is displayed when your device is locked.