BlackBerry juices Z10 handset with OTA software update
Here comes the first batch of
BlackBerry spent months touting the virtues of its new Z10 smartphone before its launch, and now it says the Z10 is even better than ever, thanks to the device's first over-the-air (OTA) software update.
In a blog post announcing the update on Thursday, Michael Clewey, BlackBerry's director of handheld software product management, said the company crafted this first update with early Z10 adopters in mind.
"You've been using it for weeks, and we've been listening to your feedback, and have been working on an update just for you," Clewey wrote.
Although Clewey describes most of what BlackBerry Z10 owners will get with the update as "improvements," he does mention a few "fixes," too. Specifically, he says Gmail calendars have been fixed in BlackBerry 10, though he doesn't explain what the problem was.
Other improvements include better call-logging and conversation-handling in the BlackBerry hub, better support for importing contacts from online sources, optimizations to allow the built-in camera to take better pictures in low light, improved video playback in the web browser, and better battery life.
In all, Clewey says BlackBerry has made more than 60 different software optimizations to improve power consumption on the Z10 since it launched, which he claims should allow heavy users to get more life out of the devices between charges – but he doesn't say how much more.
The update was pushed OTA beginning on Thursday, but Clewey suggests you might want to wait until you're on a Wi-Fi network before you actually download it. All told, it weighs in at a hefty 150MB.
Once installed, the update brings the BlackBerry Z10 software up to version 10.0.10.85. ®
Blackberry update - at least it's quick.
Blackberry seem to be supporting their OS, they're focussed on it. BB are tiny compared to its competitors, Apple Google and MS, so they have to make some compromises somewhere. I'd rather have these guys sending frequent updates to fix problems than have them ignoring any problems.
To take a counter example, Win Pho 7. It was plagued with problems and it took forever to receive its first update. And, let's face it, the problems with Win Pho 8 are not fixable with a quick patch-oriented update.
As for Apple, what have they done recently, 100+ billion in the bank and they release incremental improvements.
Google are the leaders, it's great because Android is open, (relative to its competitors phones) yet Google harvest information about one like there's no tomorrow. I would be happy to pay Google a fee NOT to spy.
BB to me deserve another shot at the market after they were brought down by Hubris, we need a western phone company to do well that is competing on merit, not on using billions and power in an attempt to buy market share using brute force with a ho-hum OS (Microsoft).
BB will do well, I think, in terms of taking a big slice of those that avoid Google and Apple. They have soul.
either thats pretty quick turn around between reported issues since release and an update or they were working on most of this before the release and didn't feel there was anything in there worth delaying the release for.
Actually I hope its the second as rushed fixes with inadequate testing usually doesn't end well.
Blackberry has played this stupid game and the update seems to be depended on your carrier issuing it. Why, why, why....I bet it will be several months wait if not years...
Other than that I do like my Z10