BlackBerry users with a Z10, Q10 or Q5 should soon be able to update their smartphone with the latest BlackBerry OS 10.2 platform update, which is set to be available via mobile network operators from this week.
BlackBerry OS 10.2 was unveiled in September along with the firm's latest BlackBerry Z30 handset, which comes with the new version of the operating system built in.
The update adds numerous refinements to the BlackBerry platform, including the Priority Hub that learns from the user's activity which conversations and contacts across email, social networking and other accounts are the most important to them, and displays updates from these at the top of their inbox.
Users can also now configure their BlackBerry to show notifications for new email, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) or SMS messages on the handset lock screen without having to unlock the device.
Other improvements include the ability to see a preview email, BBM and SMS messages from within any app and even respond without having to leave that app; a Reply Now function to let the user respond to an incoming phone call with a BBM, text message or email if it isn't a convenient time; and an ‘I'm running late' function in Calendar to let participants in a meeting know if the user is delayed for an event.
It also includes updates to the on-screen BlackBerry Keyboard, enhancements for copying and pasting between apps and improved sound quality in BBM Video conversations.
BlackBerry OS 10.2 will begin rolling out from this week to users in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, with other territories to follow, but the precise timing will depend upon the network operator, BlackBerry said. Instructions on how to update are available on BlackBerry's blog.
BlackBerry earlier this week re-launched its BBM app for Apple and Android devices after problems with an initial release last month resulted in both being withdrawn.
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