New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 with new features available from today

Smartphone vendor BlackBerry on Tuesday said New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 update includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements.

Subject to carrier approvals, BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 will be available to customers around the world, rolling out starting today in the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, and will be available for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10 including the Porsche Design P’9982.

The company did not share specific datelines for India, China, etc.

The new software update for BlackBerry 10 smartphones allows users to customize Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry Hub – BlackBerry Hub that lets you access all your messages and notifications in one place.

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

A new feature lets you instantly filter the message list in the Hub. You can customize the Hub to show only Unread Messages, Flagged Messages, Draft Messages, Meeting Invites, Sent Messages or Level 1 Alerts. Once the filter criterion is set, you can simply activate it with a pinch gesture on the Hub’s message list.

BlackBerry claims that the new OS version offers simplified phone experience to users. For instance, the phone includes a new incoming call screen that lets you swipe to the left to answer or swipe right to ignore a call. New intuitive icons allow you to instantly silence the call, or send a Reply Now response through BBM, SMS or email that you can’t answer the phone right away. You can choose from a list of standard automated responses or respond with a personalized note.

Moreover, BlackBerry users can now create SMS and email groups for more efficient broadcast communications.

Actionable lock screen notification is yet another value addition from the software update. This means users can now “Tap to open” a message that appears on the lock screen, letting you respond to an important message much quicker or to check messages more discreetly.

The new version of the OS also includes picture password for quick unlocking. Users can unlock your phone using a combination of a picture and a number (0-9) of your choice, which you place at a particular point on the image. When you try to unlock the phone, the picture will appear along with a grid of random numbers. To unlock, simply drag the grid so the number you selected overlays the particular point on the image.

Customizable quick settings menu allows users to customize what appears on the settings menu, which includes features such as being able to quickly change the brightness of the smartphone’s display, toggle various network connections, and access the built-in flashlight. The settings menu also includes a toggle that lets you instantly switch between your personal and work perimeter.

BlackBerry said offline browser reading mode enables users to save the current web page you’re on for later viewing, even if you are offline or without an Internet connection.

In addition, BlackBerry users can select the sync source for your contacts ensuring you always have the most up-to-date contact details. When adding a new contact you can designate which sources you want the contact info to sync with, such as the corporate address book, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.

A new and improved device monitor provides you with essential details on battery usage, the impact of installed apps on battery life and memory usage and storage, as well as CPU stats.

If you have a BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, the new software update unlocks the built-in FM radio in those handsets. You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection. This feature is important for Indian BlackBerry users.

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