BlackBerry 10.1 update heading to Z10 as Skype joins BB10 flock

BlackBerry 10.1 update heading to Z10 as Skype joins BB10 flockBlackBerry Z10 users can rest easy: the updated BB10.1 OS that was introduced with the BlackBerry Q10 will soon be heading your way too.

BB boss Thorsten Heins revealed the news on stage at BlackBerry Live in Orlando today, promising that the update should be rolling out by the end of the week.

He also announced some new additions to the platform's app catalogue – the most prominent being the long-overdue arrival of Skype.

So what does BlackBerry 10.1 have in store for Z10 owners?

For starters, you get an HDR shooting mode for improved dynamic contrast in tricky light conditions, as well as Time Shift mode, which enables you to combine the best bits of multiple snaps.

You also now get support for PIN to PIN messages and improved attachment support in BlackBerry Hub. Notifications, meanwhile, can be personalised for specific accounts and contacts using customised ringtones, vibration and the LED light.

Other improvements include better cursor control for quicker and more precise cursor movement, landscape mode support in the calendar, better red eye reduction when editing pics, and more.

In announcing BB10.1's wider rollout, Heins also revealed that the BlackBerry 10 app catalogue now number 120,000 apps in total, with Skype, iHeartRadio, Bloomberg Hub and Moog all now part of the fold.

BlackBerry Z10 users should see an alert for the BB10.1 update appear in the notifications section of BlackBerry Hub. Alternatively, navigate to the software updates section of the Settings menu.

Via BlackBerry

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JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 18:46

bilbob  May. 14, 2013 at 19:05

hmm... very selective choice of link there Jan... very provocative headline too, to what appears to be a pretty innocuous thing MS do, and in pretty specific circumstances.

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 20:35

Agree. But there is no reason whatsoever to presume innocence when it comes to corporations and OUR data!
It's your choice, of course.

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