BlackBerry 10.1 update now available in Australia

BlackBerry has released the first major update of its BlackBerry 10 operating system

BlackBerry has released the first major update to its BlackBerry 10 operating system for smartphones, less than two months after the company first unveiled it in Australia back in March.

The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.
The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.

The new BlackBerry 10.1 update is now available for Australian users to download on the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. It offers a number of new features for the camera and the BlackBerry Hub interface, along with updates to notifications and cursor control.

The update brings support for PIN to PIN messages in BlackBerry Hub for direct communication between BlackBerry smartphones, along with improved attachment support in emails.

Other new features include the ability to customise notifications for seperate accounts including vibration and LED light notifications for individual contacts, fine cursor control which improves moving the on-screen cursor when editing text, and an HDR shooting mode for still camera images.

There's also landscape support for the calendar, easier international dialling and improved red eye reduction in the picture editor.

The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone launched in Australia in late March and is sold on contract plans through Telstra and Optus. It is also available though local retailers Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Fone Zone.

The BlackBerry 10 operating system uses a gesture-based interface, which is a complete departure from previous BlackBerry products.

To update your BlackBerry Z10 to BlackBerry 10.1, follow these instructions, as directed by Blackberry.

To update your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone to BlackBerry 10.1, look for the alert in the notifications section of the BlackBerry Hub. You can also check for software updates through the settings menu by visiting the software updates section.

The download will happen in the background, so your information remains safe. However, as always, we recommend you have a current backup of your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone readily available. For more information on how to update your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, visit www.BlackBerry.com/update

Do you own a BlackBerry Z10? If you've updated to BlackBerry 10.1, what do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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3 Comments

Kamal

1

When it will be available for outright z10 phone owners?

Nadeem

2

@ kamal: You can download the update the phone even if you bought outright. If you are on some other provider than optus or telstra then you you have to buy their sim card. I recommend you buy optus $2 sim card and then put that sim card and update the phone on wifi.

KNLHD BBZ10 STL100-2

3

I'm not sure what OS version is the one from Telstra but i've updated my Z10 using BB Link and now I have OS Version 10.1.0.264 with software release 10.1.0.264. It doesn't matter if your Z10 is locked or unlocked. You would still be able to update it through blackberry Link. Here is how:
1. Get latest version of blackberry Link and install it in your PC (Not sure about MAC)
2. Connect your Z10 to your computer (using hte micro usb cable that came with it) and open up BB Link.
3. On BB Link, click on your blackberry device which is normally named as "BLACKBERRY-XXXX" (with arrow next to it) and then hit Back Up Now (DO THIS if you want all your personal settings, data, contacts back after getting 10.1 OS)
4. After your backup is complete, you can now go ahead and update the phone: Click on your blackberry device on BB Link and hit "Restore Device Data" then choose "Restore to factory settings" and click "Restore". This would get you the latest version of BB10 OS.
5. Take your time and wait for the restore process to complete, it would take a while so be patient. Your Z10 might get turned off during this process (if it happens, you would see the notification light (on your Z10) blinking with yellow-red colour indicating that the phone is charging while its OFF. You just need to press the power button on the phone to turn the phone ON).
6. Wait for the process to complete and you are good to setup your Z10. Check your OS version because you now would have 10.1OS
7. Do a "Restore Device Data" but with "Restore from backup file" and choose the latest of your backup in the list. That would bring all your data, settings, contacts...back to your Z10. This is another long process but its ok considering that its restoring around 7GB worth of DATA.

Enjoy your Z10 with better camera, battery life and other little things.
I just did it this morning with my unlocked Z10 STL100-2 that I got from UK. And I'm with vodafuk.
Reference: This update trick was originally from Crackberry so if you wanna find out more then head to their website.

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