News by Luke Jones on Friday February 20, 2015.
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Blackberry is rolling out a major software update in the form of Blackberry 10.3.1 (BB 10.3.1). The upgrade is arriving simultaneously around the globe and is available on a multitude of the company?s current smartphones. If you are rocking a the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Z3, BlackBerry Q10 or the BlackBerry Q5, you can get the update. It is also rolling out to the Porsche Design P'9982 and the Porsche Design P'9983.That just leaves the Blackberry Classic, but that handset came with BB 10.3.1 already on board. The update build is pretty significant and comes with a multitude of changes, chief among which is probably the inclusion of Blackberry Assistant, the company's take on voice assistant such as Siri, Google Now, and Cortana. Also packaged in the new upgrade is Blackberry Blend, a new software that allows users to sync data to their computer or tablet. Also included is the Amazon AppStore which gives Blackberry users access to most Android applications, not to mention Amazon's amazing app offers. Blackberry Hub and Instant Actions collect calls, BBM, email, text, and social media notifications in one place, and then lets you organize them in order. Keyboard Shortcuts, which made its debut with the Classic, now finds its way to all other Blackberry 10 compatible smartphones. Power Saving Profile does what it says on the tin and can improve battery life by up to 15% and lets you decide which features to turn off to conserve power. On top of that, there are a slew of smaller new features such as camera feature recommendation, the ability to favourite media, slow motion video viewing, Story Maker, Meeting Mode, Quiet Mode, and BBM Meetings. As I said, a very extensive update. The upgrade is rolling out in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East now.
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