Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Feb 2014 11:08 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 has been released. The biggest new feature is much better support for Android applications - you no longer have to convert APK files into BAR files, and can install them as-is. BlackBerry details the other, smaller improvements as well.

I still have yet to see any BlackBerry 10 device, which makes me sad - I'd love to see what it's all about.

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Comment by SunOS
by SunOS on Sat 1st Feb 2014 12:10 UTC
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Picked up a Z10 a few days ago and couldn't be happier.

Considering how poor carrier OS updates are in general, I was pleasantly surprised to get an update on starting the phone and then 10.2.1 once I connected to my provider.

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RE: Comment by SunOS
by reduz on Sat 1st Feb 2014 12:29 in reply to "Comment by SunOS"
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Had a Z10 for a month (then it overheated and died). It's a really beautiful device.
Blackberry-Style push and notifications are still the best, typography is great, and the OS feels simple, yet powerful. Gestures also work nice once you get used to them.

IMO as a developer, it's good but more closed than necessary (too many steps for some stuff), still better than iOS.

Android compatibility is kind of poor in general, failing more times than it works.

It's a nice device but it suffers the same fate as Windows Phone, which is that third party apps are just horrible.

Their biggest problem is that the Blackberry brand right now is seen as obsolete, and consumers can't really tell that this device is different than the absolute crap phones their company released before before buying it.

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