BlackBerry 10.1 update beta shows the future of the future of BlackBerry

BlackBerry logoBlackBerry Z10 owners (and future BlackBerry Q10 owners) take notice: BlackBerry has issued a beta version of BlackBerry 10.1 to developers, and the first major update to BlackBerry 10 will bring a pile of small-but-welcome improvements to the operating system.

CrackBerry has the full list of improvements included in BlackBerry version 10.1.0.1483, but we'll run down the highlight reel. At the top of the list is high-dynamic-range (HDR) photography, which as you may know from other platforms combines one underexposed shot, one shot with normal exposure, and one overexposed shot to create photos with the best possible lighting. The update also allows PIN-to-PIN messaging through the BlackBerry Hub, introduces some new demos and walkthroughs to acclimate users to the operating system's gesture-heavy interface, lets you disable alerts for specific apps, allows for coupon redemption in the BlackBerry World app store, and makes a number of other cosmetic and functional tweaks.

BlackBerry 10.1 update beta shows the future of the future of BlackBerry

This won't be Blackberry 10's first update—at least one minor patch has been issued since release to squash bugs—but it will be the first "major" version bump since we got our hands on the Z10 in January. Updates to my review unit have come down reasonably quickly so far, but we still don't have enough evidence to say whether Blackberry updates will be delivered quickly and predictably like iOS, less-predictably-but-eventually like Windows Phone, or maybe-sometime-but-often-not like Android.

Source: Ars Technica

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