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BlackBerry OS 10.2 leak shows off actionable notifications

BlackBerry is still struggling to make a mark with BlackBerry 10 devices, but at least the company is hard at work trying to improve the software. BlackBerry OS 10.2 screenshots earlier this month hinted at some new features, and now a video courtesy of a CrackBerry forum user has shed light on some more interesting additions.

The big new feature for OS 10.2 seems to be actionable notifications. If you receive a text message, for example, you’ll be able to swipe down from the top of the screen and reply without having to jump into the dedicated app. That seems to be a step above what you can do on iOS or Android right now. Android will let you archive Gmail messages from the notification bar, but you still need to jump into the actual app to reply.

Another new feature is Wi-Fi Direct. With the new BlackBerry OS, other devices should be able to connect directly to each other without the need for Bluetooth. That will enable high-speed file transfers, but it should also come in handy for peripherals such as printers, or maybe even TVs.

Otherwise, the changes seem to be fairly minor. There’s no word on when we can expect to see BlackBerry OS 10.2 officially released, but it can’t be too far away given recent leaks.

Spotted at Engadget

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