updated 12:19 pm EDT, Wed October 23, 2013
BlackBerry OS update brings Priority Hub, BBM Video
BlackBerry on Wednesday announced that BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2 would begin rolling out to customers this week through carriers in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Owners of the BlackBerry Z10, Q10, and Q5 will begin seeing the update as a download possibility in the very near future. The new operating system version brings multiple new features, including improvements to the on-screen keyboard for the Z10. The update has been available on the larger-screened Z30 since that device launched in September.
The new BlackBerry OS update includes a number of new interface and feature additions, many of which BlackBerry details on its announcement page. Among them are the Priority Hub, which learns which conversations are most important to a user and automatically puts those at the top of the inbox. The update also brings Natural Sound to BBM Video. Now, users that are video chatting can do so with better sound quality, due to their devices capturing a wider sound spectrum.
The keyboard for the Z10 now features improved audio feedback, with distinct tones for specific keys like backspace and shift. BlackBerry has also improved personalized next word suggestion, auto-correction, and the layout of the BlackBerry keyboard.
The update also adds instant previews of BBM, SMS, and email messages while still in any other app. Users are able to tailor these messages and their notifications in order to only display that information that they want to see.
Also included in the update are copy and paste enhancements, better cursor control, improved sharing, calendar enhancements, and more. BlackBerry OS 10.2 will begin rolling out in Asia Pacific, Africa, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East this week. The new OS will come to Latin America in November, and it is scheduled to roll out in the United States in the winter.
BlackBerry encourages users to look for an alert in the notifications section of BlackBerry Hub or by checking in the Systems Settings menu under Software Updates. The download happens in the background, and the phone will alert a user when it is time to restart. BlackBerry reminds users to make a backup of their current phone setups, as any error in the installation process could result in memory loss.