BlackBerry Live is in full swing at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida and the company’s CEO Thorsten Heins is on hand with the rest of his team, pulling the wraps of the latest developments from within the Canadian manufacturer’s laboratories.
As well as unveiling a new lower-end QWERTY device called the BlackBerry Q5, we also learnt that the latest version of the company’s mobile OS, originally debuted on the BlackBerry Q10, is making its way to the all-touch flagship – the BlackBerry Z10.
The Z10, which launched with BlackBerry 10 earlier this year, will now join the newer Q10 in running BlackBerry 10.1. The update adds a number of established BlackBerry features as well as a few new ones, such as PIN-to-PIN messaging from within BlackBerry Hub.
The update also brings an HDR photography mode and other tweaks to the camera experience as well as a more customisable notifications system, which gives users the ability to set specific notifications, ringtones, vibrate patterns and LED patterns.
Accuracy of navigating the Z10’s touchscreen will be made easier with the addition of ‘Fine Cursor Control’ which will throw up a pointer on-screen to better aim where it is you want to be tapping and Skype which is already available on the Q10 is arriving on the Z10 in the process too.
The update itself is on track to grace Z10 users in the US by the end of the month, but elsewhere (including the UK) before the end of this week.