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Battery tweaks and more in BlackBerry 10's first update

BlackBerry has a lot riding on the success of its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The company has already seen some moderate sales success with the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone by selling three times better than previous BlackBerry models in the UK. While these devices have only recently launched, the manufacturer has already offered up its first firmware update for BlackBerry 10 devices.

The software update brings BlackBerry 10 to version and the manufacturer says that the update is based on customer feedback. The update is available right now on some carriers and BlackBerry says it's working with all carrier partners to get the update available as soon as possible.

BlackBerry has a list of the top five improvements in the updated operating system. First of the top five improvements is improved performance for third-party applications. BlackBerry promises that this improvement will allow developers to build apps that run fast and smooth for end-users. The second update includes improvements to the phone, calendar, and contacts features including fixes for Gmail calendars.

BlackBerry has optimized the camera for better photos in low light situations, getting better performance in instances where users don't use the flash. Another important update in the firmware is tweaks to the browser and media functionality of BlackBerry 10 devices. BlackBerry has made improvements to the software and the way the browser handles video playback to provide an improved user experience.

The final and perhaps most important change in the new firmware update is a number of new battery life optimizations. BlackBerry says that it has added over 60 battery saving improvements since BlackBerry 10 devices launched. The manufacturer also says that heavy phone users should see longer average usage per charge cycle.
The download is about 150 MB in size and the software is available over the air. Users can manually check to see if the update is available under Settings/Software Updates/Check for Updates.

Sources: BlackBerry, PhoneArena

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By Chadder007 on 3/1/2013 11:21:13 AM , Rating: 2
I bought this phone last week to replace my regrets so far. Goodbye Android!

RE: w00t!
By Mitch101 on 3/1/2013 1:24:28 PM , Rating: 2
Ive never used one and I used to manage mobile devices can you elaborate on what makes it better in your opinion? Expect to be rated down for it but I would be curious to know what made you go that route and what makes you like it?

RE: w00t!
By hrrmph on 3/1/2013 7:05:13 PM , Rating: 3
I have a Z10 on order. Its to replace a Philips X523 dual-SIM feature phone. The main thing I lose going to the Z10 is the dual-SIM feature. But, the Z10 has some other things going for it, as noted below.

But, before I get to that, I'll mention that I also keep a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 nearby. But I bought that as a back-packable tablet, not to use as a phone. It is excellent, but not portable enough to wear.

Mine is single-SIM (N7100), but the N7102 dual-SIM is now available from China and I will probably eventually upgrade to that model or a dual-SIM Note 3 for international travel, once available. Dual-SIM keeps carrier costs low and lets you do 2nd factor authentication in multiple countries quite easily.

Ideally, the Z10 would do everything my Note 2 does, sans the larger display. As mentioned, since the Z10 doesn't do dual-SIM, I will still need to carry 2 devices, the other being the Note 2. There is really no way around carrying 2 devices until an MS Courier style clam-shell dual-screened device with dual-SIMs become available (Microsoft was oh-so-close before they canceled the Courier, but it wouldn't run Windows, so it got axed).

Other than the gorgeous, large display, the key to my satisfaction with the Note 2 hinges around the Micro-SD slot. It is Micro-SDXC capable and so far it works flawlessly with the largest mSDXC chip that I can find (a 64GB UHS-1).

I have a 260GB lovingly curated collection of high bit-rate music. Most of it is in WMA Lossless format.

With the Note 2, I can pop out the hot-swappable mSD chip, plug the chip into a USB adapter, and then plug the adapter into my PC. I can then use WMP to sync my favorite files and folders of my music collection (about 50GB worth) onto the mSD chip. Then I can just pop the mSD chip back into the still running Note 2 device and it recognizes everything instantly.

This lets me bypass the clunky PC client software interfaces that seem ubiquitously mandatory on modern devices. In fact, with this method, if I desire, I can just use Windows Explorer to manually copy whatever data and media that I want to the mSD chip. I can even just copy a higher level folder including all of the subordinate folders and files - once the chip is returned to the device, everything is automatically recognized for what it is (music files as music; video as video) no matter where it resides in the folder structure.

Of course the best solution would be for the device manufacturers to enable their devices to be seen by a PC in USB mass storage mode. I think we might be waiting for hell to freeze over on that one though.

So for now, mSDXC compatibility is hugely important to me, as is native WMA Lossless format compatibility. Other than that, standardization is important.

Both the Note 2 and the Z10 are mSDXC compatible.

Both the Note 2 and Z10 are WMA Lossless format compatible.

Both the Note 2 and Z10 have a standard 3.5mm audio out connector.

Both the Note 2 and Z10 have a standard micro-USB charging port that works with standard USB cables and chargers.

The Note 2 easily fits in my backpack and in the top front pocket of a standard business casual oxford shirt or either front pocket of a pair of chino / khaki pants. It won't fit in a normal sized phone holster on a belt.

The Z10 will fit in a normal sized phone holster on a belt.

The Z10 is the only flag-ship level, 4" class phone with a micro-SDXC slot that I know of. For what it's worth, I don't count anything larger than 4.3" as being 4" class. Others may feel differently, but for me, anything larger is too large to wear on a belt.

Once I have it, the real experiments begin. But, that's what I know so far. And, that was enough to get me to buy it to try it out.

All of my devices are international unlocked versions.

I'll forgo the r*ping the contract carriers apply to their victims... ughhh... I mean customers.


RE: w00t!
By Mitch101 on 3/2/2013 9:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the honest feedback and info on the dual sim that's a good catch. I would rate you up if I didn't already post. Curious to see how you like after a few month usage and how it holds up.

RE: w00t!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/1/2013 2:57:36 PM , Rating: 1
Lol this phone is dependent on Android apps. Goodbye nothing.

This thing is a !*#*ing Travesty
By DukeN on 3/3/2013 12:12:31 AM , Rating: 1
Ok so I was super excited to get one of these in our BES environment.

Guess what, the geniuses at RIM decided the Z10 would only work with ActiveSync unless you get their newest version of BES (BES 10). Problem with BES10 is you have issues with legacy devices.

Great way to fuck the dog guys - no company is going to ruin an existing userbase. No consumers are going to choose this as a non-enterprise device over an Android/iOS.

Sad, this coming from a BB fan..

By Makaveli on 3/3/2013 2:44:33 PM , Rating: 3
umm we have this device running on our bes fine there are a few issues specific to the Z10 but legacy devices are fine.

We upgraded to BES 10.

Care to explain the issues you guys are seeing?

Phone has been great so far
By Makaveli on 3/2/2013 10:37:46 AM , Rating: 2
I've owned a Z10 since Feb 12. And been loving it so far, after you charge cycle the battery for the first few days battery life improved alot. I installed this update 2 days ago and its even better. After my girl saw my phone she dumped her Iphone 4 and switched, she was sick of being stuck in apple's expensive eco system and being tied to itunes.

As for apps they are coming this is a first generation phone with a new OS just give it sometime. Most of the more popular apps should be ready by US launch later this month.

The ability to load andriod apps is cool and have a couple good ones installed at the moment. We should see the 10.1 firmware update later this month also.

By chmilz on 3/1/13, Rating: -1
RE: Updates!
By ReloadAO on 3/1/2013 10:45:10 AM , Rating: 3
My phone dont need any.

Happy user of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 ;-)

RE: Updates!
By Demoure on 3/1/2013 11:08:19 AM , Rating: 2
Strange. I can point you to several for my android phone.

RE: Updates!
By chmilz on 3/1/2013 12:26:59 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, well I guess your personal experience proves that Android updates are delivered often, and with ubiquitous coverage?

I guess I'm mistaken about the awful level of fragmentation within the Android community.

Here I thought I wasn't the only one who has Android devices that never received updates. Guess I am.

RE: Updates!
By Mitch101 on 3/1/2013 1:29:11 PM , Rating: 2
I have several devices too shortly abandoned after released. Some of the blame falls upon the carriers of the devices trying to force people to upgrade their phones. That's going to be a deciding factor in my next purchase soon on which carrier provides the longest support of updates to their devices.

RE: Updates!
By V-Money on 3/1/2013 6:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
If only they had an android device option that received constant updates, like a nexus of phones, that would be great...

...fragmentation is a result of having options. If you want the android experience but want the updates get a Nexus phone. I'm on my second one (started with the N1 and now have the Galaxy Nexus) and I always receive updates when a new system rolls out. If you want a different phone that is your choice, but don't complain about the lack of updates.

More relevant to the article though, I kind of feel like its a little bit too late for them. Honestly I think the new phone and OS looks great, but what is the motivation to switch. Keep in mind this is my generalization so feel free to disagree.

iPhones are easy to use and don't confuse you with options so people who don't like change will stick to using them. They are also popular with people who like shiny things and who have no actual knowledge or care to have knowledge about phones.

Android is for people who have knowledge about phones and people who like to think they have knowledge about phones. For those who know what they are doing they are great because you can have a phone that has exactly what you are looking for (via hardware options) and easily customizable enough (via software options, various roms, etc) so you can have the exact phone that you want. This is why I still use android, because I have had it set up exactly how I've wanted since Gingerbread and every update makes it better. I always go with Nexus phones so I get the updates and I'm happy.

Win 8 phones are for the people who want to think different...ironic I know, but that's what it feels like to me. Its also for people who hate Apple and Google, and especially for those who tried android with a subpar device and blamed Google. It's a perfectly okay OS, but it doesn't really offer anything different besides the GUI, and that's preference based. It's not as simple and locked up as Apple yet its not as open and fragmented as Google, so its a nice third alternative to have.

My question is, where does Blackberry fit in the consumer market. I can see them trying to fit their way back into the corporate market, but what is the real reason to switch for us general users.

RE: Updates!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/1/2013 6:53:30 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly I think the new phone and OS looks great, but what is the motivation to switch.

I think RIM understood this, which is why Android apps work on BB10. It alleviates a lot of the anxiety and feeling like you paid for a bunch of apps you can't use if you switch ecosystems. That was a brilliant move. It might be it's only saving grace.

RE: Updates!
By Demoure on 3/1/2013 4:33:56 PM , Rating: 2
Woah now. The world isn't in black and white. Just because I found your sweeping statement of no android phones getting updates to be false does not mean I said all android phones get updates. It takes some twisted logic to get that out of what I said.

RE: Updates!
By Stuka on 3/1/2013 12:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
That's because the manufacturers/carriers are tasked with coding the OS upgrade to work with their legacy devices, which they don't want to do. They want you to get the new phone to get the new OS version and sign another 2yr contract.

This is one thing Apple does right.

RE: Updates!
By Omega215D on 3/4/2013 8:13:45 AM , Rating: 2
Though we often forget that it just costs money, more money, to keep updating phones which some OEMs couldn't do on a regular basis. Then the carriers come into play so that it would work within their ecosystem or bloatware.

RE: Updates!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/1/2013 2:54:31 PM , Rating: 1
Please, enough with that manufactured issue.

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