by Michael Epstein
Earlier today, BlackBerry announced the new version of their mobile OS, 10.2.1, claiming in a press release that it will feature “hundreds of new enhancements and refinements that will make the things you do every day faster and easier.”
New features include local FM radio support in the BlackBerry Z30, Q10 and Q5 smartphones which does not require a network connection, a swipe-to-answer phone call interface similar to Android, which also features the ability to send busy messages via BBM, SMS or email.
A streamlined “picture password” feature for quickly unlocking your device with a grid of numbers overlaid on an image is also being introduced. The lock screen will also feature tap-to-open notifications and messages, allowing users to respond faster and more discreetly to incoming messages.
More customizable features such as the Quick Settings Menu and custom pinch gestures to filter BlackBerry Hub’s messages and notifications mean that the phone experience for BlackBerry users will be better tailored to their personal needs. For business and enterprise customers, there will be new IT policies and security features introduced for when more granular control is required of the device, which will make working with sensitive data more secure.
BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 will be rolling out across the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America starting today, and will be available on all smartphones running BlackBerry 10.