Yeah, you read that right!! It’s been in almost every Blackberry blog, forums and almost every tech website, so we’ve tagged it The Next Big Thing for Blackberry 10, it’s the Blackberry OS 10.2.1. Its still in a Beta testing (not official yet) but has been installed by many Blackberry 10 users already, and we at FathomBerry have compiled a couple of of features that come with this leak.
Now there are lots of new stuff that came with this OS update tho its just a little addition in the number (from 10.2.0… to 10.2.1..), some people have even said that the official release might just be 10.3 but as of now the leaked version is at 10.2.1.1055 for all Blackberry 10 devices.
We’ve done our best to compile, break down and explain these features. We’ve also added lots of images, so go through them and just incase we missed something, your comments are always welcome.
BlackBerry 10.2.1 will support the Android 4.2.2. Jellybean runtime and with that comes increased Android compatibility improvements which include:
> Android Native Support: Android apps that use shared libraries written in native-code, such as C and C++, will now be supported on BlackBerry 10. Support is limited to the recommended system headers and APIs as documented by Google. Headers and APIs outside this scope may not function correctly.
> Bluetooth: Android applications using Android Bluetooth APIs will now work on BlackBerry 10, which means that Android apps that will want to use your Bluetooth can now do so easily.
> MapView v1: Applications that use MapView from Google Maps v1 API are now supported using OpenStreetMaps. Support for MapView v2 API is being planned for a future release.
> Share Framework: Android applications that register with the share framework in Android will now also appear as share targets on the BlackBerry 10 share menu, so you can also seamlessly share from the Android app.
> Spellcheck: Applications that use text input can now leverage support for spell checking and correction, and the ability to add words to the BlackBerry 10 dictionary.
* Direct install of APK files on your BB10 device through file manager or browser – Blackberry 10 users will now be able to download and install APK files right from the browser unto their device, no more need for sideloading. This is huge and a big move for BlackBerry since it allows users will less tech experience or knowledge to be able to install some of their favorite apps on their Blackberry 10 devices.
* Fuse Mode – Fuse Mode is enabled when you’re Blackberry 10 device is attached to an external display and will allow users to perform ‘Mobile Computing’ actions. This is also speculated to be the start of support for a desktop BBM functionality and possibly some sort of Blackberry Bridge-like feature that would enable a user to access his or her phone’s SMS, MMS and more on an external display.
* FM radio support – With the 10.2.1, FM radio will work for the Q10, Q5 and Z30 but not for the Z10. 😦
* Share Screen– Now you can select the size of an image you want to share before sending it.
* Media Control keys now at the top of the screen – The media control popup (volume, previous, pause/play and next keys) will no longer appears in the middle of the screen. Its now less intrusive and won’t be appearing at the center of the screen but now appears at the top of the screen.
* New incoming call screen – With the new incoming call screen you can now either slide left or right to accept or reject a call, plus a ‘mute’ button.
* Update to Device Monitor app – Device monitor now gives more useful details like a Battery Monitor that will show battery usage and battery status in percentage and also tell which app or process on your device is using up your battery.
* Native Flashlight app – A native flashlight app has been added to this OS update and can be easily accessed from the quick settings tab, and unlike the video light work-around that most people use, where you have to make sure the video is active, this native app still runs while the screen is off.
* Ability to arrange accounts in the hub – Now you can ‘change where an account appears, or apply a colour to a specific account.
* Email Text resize – With this OS upgrade, when you receive an email, instead of having to scroll side to side to read the mail, or having to zoom out and read the mail in smaller text, all you need to do now is zoom in and the text will resize and justify itself to the width of your device screen.
* Battery shows percentage in peek view – We now have a percentage battery meter while “peeking”.
* New Picture Password lock – With this you can use a combination of a number and an image to unlock your Blackberry 10 device.
* Speed Dial from homescreen – Speed dial now comes to devices with keyboards (Q5 and Q10).
* Added Contacts Group – Now we can have the ability to create groups in contacts (like family, office etc) and also add custom ring tones and alerts.
* Custom contact profiles – Users can now create contact profiles for email, SMS, BBM and phone calls with custom ringtones,and Led (on/off) per contact etc.
* Delete email options from Hub (device and/or server) – When deleting emails you can now get the two options : 1)Delete from Hub (only) .2) Delete from hub and server just like in the legacy Blackberrys.
* Face detection toggle in camera – Users will now have the ability to toggle Face-detection in the camera app.
* Geotag toggle in camera – You will now have the option to add GPS locations to your pictures.
* BBM adds vibrate on PING and new emoticons – Blackberry 10 users will now have the option to allow their devices vibrate(or not) when they receive a ‘PING’,also with that comes some new emoticons including a camera, moon, rainbow, happy guy and a martini glass, we are hoping to see more.
* White balance adjuster – In addition to the ability to adjust the white balance, users will now be able to adjust the brightness of their displays, and this can even be done from the quick settings tab.
* Customizable Quick settings – Now you can customize the the drop down bar (Quick settings), you can add, remove and rearrange stuff like the native flashlight, Mobile hotspot toggle, NFC etc. Cool Stuff.
* Dropdown menu now includes :
>Native Flashlight App Button.
>Location Toggle switch.
>Device Monitor App Button.
>Tethering Toggle Switch
>Hotspot toggle Switch
>NFC toggle switch.
>Flight mode toggle switch (Airplane mode).
* Native Clock app includes Accuweather informations – Accuweather has always been one of our favorite weather apps, now the native Blackberry clock app will get Accuweather info integrated into it.
* Airplane-Mode automatically turned on in Bed-side mode – In Bed-side mode your device will now go into Airplane mode – No wireless connection.
* Lockscreen previews open directly to application – Now you can directly jump to a message in the hub from your lockscreen just by double-tapping the previews.
* Next email toggle inside email messages – You can easily move to the next email from inside an open email by just tapping a ‘next’ button.
* IBM notes traveler in accounts settings – Now enterprise customers can get to setup the IBM Notes traveler as part of the email accounts in the hub.
* Wolfram Alpha commands – This is already available for the first release of OS 10.2, more updates coming. Wolfram works like a search engine but provides more access to knowledge and results which include simple math, engineering, chemicals etc. Wolfram is integrated with the voice control of your Blackberry 10 device.
* Wi-Fi direct and Miracast– This will allow for connectivity directly between devices instead of going through a router, but this works like the Bluetooth but uses the Wifi radio for faster transfer speeds. Miracast will use Wi-Fi Direct for high bandwith transmission of video to an external display, unfortunately this is not available for the Z10.
Also the Weather app and Media Player got tushed up.
This is not the first time an OS is getting leaked or an unofficial release, and with that said we are sure to expect even more features from the official OS update whenever it’s released, hopefully sometime in early 2014.
Have you installed this leak? Did we miss anything? Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments below. Don’t forget to share.
- How to download and install Android apps using the 1mobile Market on BlackBerry 10 (crackberry.com)
- BlackBerry 10.2.1 update to feature new call screen and quick settings (forums.crackberry.com)
- BlackBerry 10.2.1 to receive improved Android Runtime (phonearena.com)
- BlackBerry 10 APIs Now Available as Apache Cordova Plugins (berryreview.com)