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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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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.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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