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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