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10 Things You Should Know About BlackBerry 10 OS Version 10.2.1

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If you haven’t already upgraded to the BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1, here are 10 reasons why you should!

01 – Pinch to Filter in BlackBerry Hub

BlackBerry Hub supports a new pinch gesture that gives you fast access to your priority messages and more. To try it out, slide your fingers together while viewing the BlackBerry Hub; to go back to your complete message list, slide your fingers apart.

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You can also customize what happens when you perform this gesture. For example, use this gesture to quickly access your unread messages, flagged messages, and more.

  1. While viewing the BlackBerry Hub, tap 10Reasons-Icon-3dot10Reasons-Icon-3dot in the lower-right corner.
  2. Tap Settings followed by Display and Actions.
  3. Tap Pinch Filter Criteria, and then select your desired option:
    • Priority Messages
    • Unread Messages
    • Flagged Messages
    • Draft Messages
    • Meeting Invites
    • Sent Messages
    • Level 1 Alerts
  4. When finished, tap Back to save your changes.

02 – Delete On

A popular option from BlackBerry OS has been added, which is the ability to control how email messages are deleted on your device, and messaging server.

  1. While viewing the BlackBerry Hub, tap 10Reasons-Icon-3dot10Reasons-Icon-3dot in the lower-right corner.
  2. Tap Settings , and then tap Display and Actions
  3. Tap Delete On, and then select your desired option.
    • Handheld Only
    • Handheld and Server
    • Prompt
  4. When finished, tap Back to save your changes.

03 – Contact Groups

Communicating with groups over email or text message just got easier since the ability to create contact groups was added to BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1.

To create a contact group, open the Contacts app, tap New Group, and then tap the contacts you want to include.

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04 – Lock Screen Notifications

The next time you receive a notification while the screen on your device is locked, use the Lock Screen Notification feature to get a quick glance at who is trying to reach you. Not only does this allow you to view the sender and subject, tapping the item will show you a Tap to open option so you can quickly hop into whatever you just received, whether it be an email, BBM™, text message, and more.

05 – Per Contact Notifications

Notifications that you customize for contacts override notifications that you set for specific apps.

For example, if you turn sound on for phone notifications for a contact, but turn the sound off for the phone, the phone still rings when the contact calls you.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings, and then tap Notifications.
  3. Tap Contacts, and then tap 10Reasons-Icon-NewContact10Reasons-Icon-NewContact Customize for Contact.
  4. Select a contact and customize the following options:
    • Phones
    • Email messages
    • BBM
    • Text Messages
    • Other Messaging, which includes apps like FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.
  5. Change the Tone, Vibrate, LED or Instant Preview settings.
  6. Tap Back until the Contacts Notifications screen appears.

Contacts that have customized notifications will be listed on the Contacts Notifications screen.

To remove a contact’s customization, tap and hold the contact while you view the Contact Notifications screen, and then tap Remove Customization.

06 – Reply Now

With the Reply Now feature, you can send an incoming caller a brief message instead of answering their call. By default, if the caller is a BBM contact, the Reply Now message is sent as a BBM message. If the caller isn’t a BBM contact, the Reply Now message is sent as a text message.

  1. When you receive an incoming call, tap 10Reasons-Icon-SMS10Reasons-Icon-SMS or 10Reasons-Icon-BBM10Reasons-Icon-BBM.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • To send one of the default Reply Now messages, tap a message.
    • To compose a new message, tap Custom Message. Type a message, and then tap Send.

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07 – Calendar Enhancements

Several new features have been added to the calendar including Cisco WebEx integration, which makes hosting meetings much easier!

  • Go To Date – Tap this the new icon that appears in the upper-right corner while viewing your calendar in day, week, or month view to quickly access a specific date.
  • Accept Only One Instance of a Recurrence – Easily accept a single instance instead of the recurring series.
  • Follow Up Meetings – Navigate to a post or future meeting, and with one click you can create a follow-up meeting prepopulated with details.
  • Cisco WebEx Integration – If WebEx is installed, when you schedule a meeting you can create a WebEx meeting at the same time. The attendees will get your meeting invite and the WebEx details in separate email messages.

To find out more about these features, open the Help app on your device and search for “Calendar”.

08 – Quick Settings

With the release of BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1, you can choose which settings appear, as well as their positions, so that you can quickly get to the settings that are most important to you. Quickly put your BlackBerry device into airplane mode or bedside mode, turn off your alarm, or turn on the flashlight!

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of screen.
  2. Tap Settings, and then tap Quick Settings.
    • To add or remove items from your quick settings, select or clear the check boxes.
    • To change the positions of items in your quick settings, tap 10Reasons-Icon-QuickSettings10Reasons-Icon-QuickSettings, and then drag the items to your desired order.
  3. Tap Save.

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Tip: If you have a lot of Quick Settings items, swipe right or left to see them all.

09 – Picture Password

Picture Password is a new method of securing your device that allows you to use a number combination (0 to 9) and picture to unlock your device instead of typing a password. When enabled, instead of unlocking your device using a password, a picture and a grid of random numbers appears on the home screen.

To unlock your device, tap anywhere on the screen and drag the number grid until your number is on top of a specific spot. To use this feature, check out our post on how to use Picture Password.

10 – Device Monitor

Device Monitor, first introduced in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, was updated with the release of BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1. New screens were added that allow you to view key details around battery usage so you can easily identify apps that have a negative impact on your battery life. For example, you can view battery consumption by application since the last time you charged your device, or by the last 12, 24, or 48 hours.

When you select an item from the Device Monitor list, you can view additional details such as CPU, memory, mobile network, and Wi-Fi® usage statistics. You can also view applications you installed, the amount of space those apps take up, and you can delete applications.

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Tip: For fast access, add Device Monitor to the BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 Quick Settings menu (Settings Quick Settings).



Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2014/02/10-things-you-should-know-about-blackberry-10-os-version-10-2-1/


The New BlackBerry Z3 Smartphone

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BlackBerry continues to push at Mobile World 2014 in Barcelona. Today BlackBerry unveiled the new BlackBerry Z3, which is the first BlackBerry device built by device maker Foxconn. BlackBerry signed a 5 year deal with Foxconn back in December of 2013 to produce the hardware for some low-end BlackBerry devices.

Code named “Jakarta”, this low cost device is expected to retail for less than $200 and will to be available in April of 2014. The Z3 will make its first release in Indonesia and later roll out in other emerging markets.  Specifically designed for customers in Indonesia, the Z3 will be a 3g device rocking a full 5″ touch screen with the latest BB1o Operating System.

PRESS RELEASE

Mobile World Congress 2014, Barcelona – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced the BlackBerry® Z3 smartphone, a new all-touch BlackBerry® 10 smartphone designed with Indonesian customers in mind. Made for the next generation of BlackBerry customers in Indonesia, and customized with local apps and content, the stylish new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone features a modern design with a 5” display, long lasting battery and comes with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1.

“We are excited to introduce the new BlackBerry Z3, the first smartphone to emerge from our strategic partnership with Foxconn, which was announced in mid-December, 2013,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. “The BlackBerry Z3 embodies all that BlackBerry 10 offers, with its exceptional productivity features and reliable communications, in a stylish, all-touch design made affordable for customers in Indonesia.”

“BlackBerry is beloved in Indonesia and its loyal fans have made it a popular smartphone brand. This is why we are so proud to be able to help bring BlackBerry even closer to Indonesia with a fantastic product that will be accessible to even more Indonesians. This is only the beginning of what we know will be a long and fruitful partnership between Foxconn and BlackBerry,” said Terry Gou, Founder and Chairman, Foxconn.

The new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone is customized with access to local apps and Indonesian content and comes with the latest BlackBerry 10 OS, version 10.2.1, that will make the things you do every day faster and easier. Key features include:

·         BlackBerry® Hub – The ever present BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your work and personal email, BBM™, text messages, social media updates and notifications in one place, with the ability to “peek” into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere, so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you. The Hub can be customized to identify priority messages and to filter the message list by various criteria that you can then activate with a simple pinch gesture.

·         BBM – BBM on the BlackBerry Z3 smartphone includes all the latest features of the popular mobile social network, customized for Indonesians. You get BBM voice and video chatting with Screen Share and support for BlackBerry Natural Sound, letting you hear nuances and variations in tone in a BBM Voice chat, and making the conversation sound like you’re in the same room. BBM Channels features a variety of Indonesian channels as well as a package of BBM stickers that have been specially designed by an Indonesian artist.

·         BlackBerry Keyboard – The BlackBerry Keyboard learns what words you use and how you use them, then offers them up to you so you can type faster and more accurately. It gives you the best Bahasa Indonesia typing experience on a touchscreen, complete with multi-language support that lets you type in up to 3 different languages at the same time.

·         Time Shift Story Maker – The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone’s astonishing Time Shift camera feature lets you capture a group shot where everyone is smiling with their eyes wide open. You can also use Story Maker to bring a collection of photos and videos together, along with music and effects, to produce an HD movie that you can instantly share on YouTube.

·         BlackBerry 10 Browser – The BlackBerry 10 browser sets the industry benchmark for HTML5 performance on smartphones, and is incredibly fast, with fluid and responsive scrolling and zooming. The browser includes many advanced features, supports multiple tabs, lets you browse sites privately, includes a reader mode, and integrates with the platform for easily sharing content. You can even save web pages for later viewing.

·         Instant Previews Reply Now – Be more timely and responsive with Instant Previews that bring BBM, SMS and email message to you no matter what you are doing on your BlackBerry Z3 smartphone. You can even reply to your BBM or SMS messages in any app, or swipe to the BlackBerry Hub to respond. If you get a phone call that you can’t answer right way, you can instantly silence the call and send a Reply Now response through BBM, SMS or email to let the caller know you’re busy.

·         Fast, Easy Sharing – The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone learns how you share and who you share with, helping you reduce the number of steps and amount of time it takes to get your files, photos, or documents to where they need to go. Touching “share” in any app provides suggestions on who and how to share your files based on who you’ve shared with in the past, and the feature only gets smarter the more you use it.

·         FM Radio – The new BlackBerry Z3 includes a built-in FM radio. You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection.

The new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone is expected to be available from leading carriers and retailers in Indonesia in April. Further details on pricing and availability will be announced at launch.

For more information about BlackBerry 10, visit www.blackberry.com/blackberryz3.

 

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BlackBerry Q20?

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blackberry-q20-classic-700x560Today at the Mobile World Conference 2014 in Barcelona, BlackBerry unveiled it’s new Flagship BB10 device. According to the press release, this new smartphone will bring back that classic track pad which will be fully integrated. This will be a full QWERTY keyboard device also rocking the latest version of the BlackBerry 10 OS and will also feature the familiar Menu, Send, End and Back buttons as well.

Press Release

Mobile World Congress 2014, Barcelona – Embodying feedback from its millions of passionate QWERTY customers around the world, BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today unveiled a new flagship smartphone designed to deliver its full and distinctive QWERTY experience on BlackBerry® 10. The new BlackBerry® Q20 smartphone will feature the familiar and classic ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’ and ‘End’ buttons and the integrated track pad to enable the fast efficient navigation and one-handed use that has endeared the brand to its QWERTY customers.

“In my first 90 days on the job, I consistently heard from our ardent BlackBerry customers that the hard buttons and track pad are an essential part of the BlackBerry QWERTY experience, that made their BlackBerry smartphone their go-to productivity tool. I want these customers to know that we heard them, and this new smartphone will be for them,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. “Today, we’re delighted to announce the new BlackBerry Q20 smartphone, which is designed to give you the distinct experience that every BlackBerry QWERTY loyalist and high-productivity business customer absolutely loves. With the BlackBerry Q20 smartphone, you’ll get the familiar hard buttons and track pad that you want, along with the best email service, the best keyboard experience and the best battery life possible.”

The new BlackBerry Q20 smartphone will give customers the familiar workflow, efficiency and one-handed use that distinguish the BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone experience. Key features will include:

·         The ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’ and ‘End’ buttons and track pad will be made an integral part of the device and user interface, enabling fast, precise navigation and a natural workflow within and between apps.

·         The new smartphone will feature BlackBerry’s patented QWERTY keyboard design with frets and sculpted keys for the best typing experience.

·         The best email service including features like BlackBerry® Hub, where you can access all your messages in one place, and enterprise connectivity with BES10.

·         The BlackBerry Q20 smartphone will include a generous 3.5” touchscreen, the largest display yet on a QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone, giving you more space for viewing messages, browsing Internet and intranet sites and accessing other apps.

·         The smartphone will be crafted from premium materials and designed for reliability and durability.

·         A large battery to provide superior battery life.

The BlackBerry Q20 smartphone will come with the latest enhancements in BlackBerry 10 that continue to set the brand apart as the best and most secure tool for mobile productivity and reliable communications. The new smartphone will be available in the second half of 2014. Further details on pricing and availability will be announced at launch.

For more information about BlackBerry 10, visit www.blackberry.com/blackberry10OS.

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BlackBerry 10 Battery Tips

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Using a BlackBerry 10 smartphone? Here are some tips that can help you maximize your smartphone’s battery life!

Check for BlackBerry 10 OS Updates

Whenever a BlackBerry 10 OS update is released, make sure you install it on your smartphone so that you can take advantage of optimizations that can help improve your battery life.
Typically, you’ll receive a notification of an update, but to manually check for updates, open Settings, tap Software Updates, and then Check for Updates.

Accounts

Whenever possible, we recommend you use Microsoft® ActiveSync®, or IMAP over POP, when you set up a new account because they are more efficient protocols for a mobile device. If you need assistance setting up a new account, use the Help app, review the User Guide located at http://docs.blackberry.com, or contact your service provider for more information.

If you set up multiple accounts that support email, contacts, and calendar synchronization, only enable synchronization for accounts that you plan on using; this ensures that only necessary activity occurs. To review account synchronization settings, tap Accounts within Settings, and then tap the account you want to customize or delete.

Device Monitor

Device Monitor, first introduced in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, was updated with the release of BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1. New screens were added that allow you to view key details around battery usage so you can easily identify apps that have a negative impact on your battery life. For example, you can view battery consumption by application since the last time you charged your device, or by the last 12, 24, or 48 hours.

When you select an item from the Device Monitor list, you can view additional details such as CPU, memory, mobile network, and Wi-Fi® usage statistics. You can also view applications you installed, the amount of space those apps take up, and you can delete applications.

Tip: For fast access, add Device Monitor to the BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 Quick Settings menu (Settings Quick Settings).

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Connections

The radios on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone are designed with efficiency in mind, so turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, or NFC as well as changing your cellular connection to use a different network technology may not improve battery life. We recommend using Wi-Fi whenever possible because it offers substantial power savings; so make sure you are actively adding Wi-Fi networks and hotspots to your smartphone as you come across them.

Note: If you’ve set up Media Sharing, considering turning off it temporarily if need to maximize your battery life (Settings Media Sharing).

Charging

Your BlackBerry 10 smartphone is designed make efficient use of the battery; however, you should still follow best practices to maximize your battery’s lifespan. Always use an official BlackBerry® Charger, charge for an extended period of time when possible, avoid charging in small increments (for example, less than 15 minutes), and do not your leave smartphone in direct sunlight (for example, on your vehicle’s dashboard) or in extremely cold temperatures.

Notifications

If you receive a lot of notifications throughout the day, consider reviewing and customizing your notification profiles. If your smartphone is set to vibrate when notifications arrive, this uses more battery life than having the LED light up. If you receive a lot of notifications overnight as well, swipe down from the top of the screen after you lock your smartphone to enable Bedside Mode, which turns off all notifications overnight.

For help customizing your notification profiles, open the Help app on your device and search for “Change your sounds, notifications, or ring tones” or review the user guide for your device that you can find at http://docs.blackberry.com

Android Applications

Android apps may continue running when the display is off, and we recommend you close these apps when not in use. To do this, press X in the lower right when the app is minimized.

Run in Background Applications

Some of the apps offered in BlackBerry® World™ storefront contain permissions to run headless, which means that they can use the battery when the application is not opened with an Active Frame. These apps may reduce battery life, so you can optionally adjust the Run in Background permissions if desired.

To identify what apps have the ability to run in the background, and optionally turn off this permission on a per application basis, complete the following steps:

  1.  While viewing your home screen swipe down from the top, and then tap Settings.
  2. Tap Security and Privacy, and then tap Application Permissions.
  3. Change the Permissions bar to Run in Background.
  4. Select an app from the listing, and then optionally turn off the Run in Background permission.

To uninstall an application, tap and hold the application icon while you view your home screen, followed by tapping the trashcan icon.

Tip: Device Monitor is an easy way to identify and remove applications that may be using a lot of battery life.

Review Application and Game Refresh Settings

It’s a good idea to review the refresh settings within your favorite third-party apps and games, as some of them might maintain active connections to services or data that is still being transferred. Refresh settings are typically found in the settings screen of an application so make sure you review these screens after you install a new application or game.

Screen Brightness and Dark Themes

A significant way to reduce battery usage is to decrease the brightness of the display. Within Settings, tap Display, and then move the Brightness slider to a reduced setting that you find comfortable.

If you are using a device with an OLED display such as a BlackBerry® Z30 smartphone or the BlackBerry® Q10 smartphone, consider using a dark theme, which results in lower battery consumption. You can find an option to enable a dark theme in BBM™, the Contacts app, and the Calendar in the settings screen for the respective apps.

Lock Screen

To prevent accidental taps and presses that can turn on your screen (and decrease battery life), lock the screen by pressing the Power/Lock key on the top of your smartphone before you place it into your pocket, purse, etc.

Screen Lock Timeout

In addition to pressing the Power/Lock key to lock your screen, you should customize the Screen Lock Timeout setting. This setting controls how long your smartphone waits after being left idle before turning off the screen. To adjust this value, go to Settings, tap Display and change the Screen Lock Timeout.

Use a Case or Holster

Depending on which of type case or holster you use, putting your device in it may or may not turn off the display. On top of protecting your smartphone, using a case that turns off the display is a great way to save battery life because the display is shut off as soon as you insert your device.
To browse a variety of these cases, visit http://www.shopblackberry.com or check the available cases provided by your local retailer(s).

Tip: If your screen does not turn off after you insert your device into the case or holster, verify that you are using an official BlackBerry accessory or contact the manufacturer for additional assistance.



Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2014/02/blackberry-10-battery-tips/


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