BlackBerry OS 10.2 rolls out as BBM hits 10 million downloads

Upgrade to OS 10.2 for new features including Priority Hub

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry has announced that its OS 10.2 upgrade is rolling out to customers this week.

BlackBerry is making the latest version of its mobile operating system available for the Z10, Q10 and Q5 smartphones starting in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. See also: best BlackBerry phone in 2013.

"BlackBerry OS 10.2 introduces new features that will help you be more productive and stay better connected. It includes hundreds of new refinements that make the things you do every day faster and easier." said the firm.

New features on BlackBerry OS 10.2 include the BBM Video with natural sound, lock screen notifications, calendar enhancements and improvements to the BlackBerry Keyboard.

The Priority Hub apparently learns what conversations are most important to you and puts those messages at the top of your inbox. You can also preview BBM, texts and email from any app and Reply Now means you can respond to an incoming call with one of those three methods.

After some delay BBM has finally launched on Android and iPhone and seems to have been greeting with a warm reception. BlackBerry said the instant messaging app was downloaded a total of 10 million times in the space of 24 hours.

"While we're excited to bring BBM to iPhone and Android - we aren't stopping there. Work isn't slowing down at all. We committed to delivering a BBM experience on iPhone and Android that was equal to that on BlackBerry 10. That means bringing BBM Video, BBM Voice and BBM Channels to Android and iPhone customers too." BlackBerry said in a blog post saying the features will arrive in the near future.

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