BlackBerry OS 10.1 Brings a Dozen New Features

While BlackBerry is finishing the 10.1 update for its OS, we have an early preview for the alpha build. BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 owners will certainly be happy with a dozen of new additions. The most notable features in the update are HDR photos, improved notification management and PIN-to-PIN messaging.

There is no official info on when the update will become officially available on the Z10 and Q10, but it should be within next few weeks as developers are already testing it.

The full list of improvements included in BlackBerry version operating systems are:

  • HDR option for taking photos
  • PIN to PIN messaging now available and present in the BlackBerry Hub
  • APN editing is now enabled (Though this may remain carrier based)
  • 'Highlights" for text such as word correction on the keyboard are now green, instead of blue
  • 'Text Picker' has been improved, now allows for easily moving left and right between letters easier
  • Sharing menu is now black, just like on the BlackBerry Q10
  • New help demos and walkthroughs after initial boot
  • Select All for broadcast messages is now available
  • Ability to turn off alerts for specific applications
  • Easier to check for updates in BlackBerry World
  • Phone can be fully unlocked at the lock screen now by the power button
  • BlackBerry World now has options for coupon redemption
  • Pasting of phone numbers directly into dialpad
  • Installed apps can be opened from with BlackBerry World (No longer shows 'installed' now shows 'open')