BlackBerry has been busy updating its arsenal of smartphones with the Passport and Classic getting a couple of new features. Now you can add the BlackBerry 10 family of devices to that list of lineups getting taught new tricks.
On its official blog the company said that update version 10.3.1 would be hitting those devices on the 19th, but the roll out is heavily dependent on when the individual carriers wish to get it. The models that will see the update include the Q5, Q10, Z10, Z3, Z30, and the Porsche Design devices.
Update 10.3.1 is bringing Amazon’s Appstore in the software package. This will give users much more to work and play with when it comes to apps. As for BBM there will be BlackBerry Blend. This new feature basically allows users to access BBM texts, emails, etc via any tablet or PC sharing a Wi-Fi network with the related BlackBerry 10 device.
Those features are for all devices. The physical keyboard-based devices—the Q5, Q10, Passport, and Porsche Design P’9883—will get the BlackBerry Bold shortcuts that recently hit BlackBerry Classic. This allows for any key to be used as a shortcut for those favorite apps and is entirely customizable.
For those who use subscription-based enterprise features, BBM Meetings allows users to host and join meetings from not only BlackBerry 10 devices, but “any Android, iPhone, BlackBerry 10 smartphone or Windows PC or Mac.” The BlackBerry Assistant will also hit smartphones and is basically the company’s version of Google Now (or Siri and Cortana). Users can use their voice and do most of the basic features on their phone such as email, text, etc.
Rounding out the rest of the update list you’ll mainly see expected updates with devices’ camera software, Calendar, battery power, the Hub all getting improvements.