Latest BlackBerry 10 update adds Hub filter, revamped call screen and... an FM radio tuner?

By on January 28, 2014, 12:45 PM
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BlackBerry is forging ahead with new software for the Z30, Q5 and Q10 smartphones. Update 10.2.1, which also works on the Porsche Design P'9982 handset, delivers a number of enhancements and comes at a time when many others would have called it quits.

The update includes a revamped BlackBerry Hub that now lets users filter their message list. This means the Hub can be customized to only show specific message types such as unread messages, flagged messages, draft messages, meeting invites, sent messages or level 1 alerts.

There’s also a new incoming call screen that lets users swipe left to answer or swipe right to ignore a call. Intuitive icons assist with other call-related activities such as silencing a call or sending a reply through BBM, SMS or e-mail. Similarly, there’s also a new security feature that allows users to combine a photo and a number to lock the handset.

BlackBerry users can now receive OS updates automatically over Wi-Fi and those using a Z30, Q5 or Q10 smartphone now have access to the built-in FM radio tuner. This feature shipped with the handset but was disabled up until this point. Other new additions include an offline browser reading mode, preferred contact sync and a new and improved device / battery monitor.

Oddly enough, the update also allows users to natively install Android apps from third party sources. I say odd because it isn't mentioned anywhere in BlackBerry's press release.

As you have likely already gathered, none of these features are revolutionary or groundbreaking. Instead, most are simply features that have been missing up to this point or are puzzling altogether (an FM tuner when streaming music is all the rage?), but I digress.




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1 person liked this | ikesmasher said:

Why NOT add an FM tuner.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

My phone can stream FM radio.

psycros psycros said:

Why an FM tuner instead of streaming? Gee, I dunno..because DATA CAPS???

Lionvibez said:

I installed this on my Z10 this morning really liking some of the changes and the ablility to load APK files directly on the phone without converting.

m4a4 m4a4 said:

They also have it so you can customize the quick settings (swiping down on home), which is nice.

And I think they aren't yet being loud about the android emulation because there are still things to be worked out (however things seem great so far)

Lionvibez said:

They also have it so you can customize the quick settings (swiping down on home), which is nice.

And I think they aren't yet being loud about the android emulation because there are still things to be worked out (however things seem great so far)

I agree there are still andriod apps that don't work

Example anything that relies on google services which will not be present on a blackberry.

But for now alot of the apps work.

Side load Snap then you have access to so many google apps.

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