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BlackBerry announced a new software update Tuesday designed to improve the usefulness of two key areas: The central BlackBerry Hub and the phone dialer.

In the Hub, a new pinch gesture allows BlackBerry owners to filter their inbox to show a designated set of messages, such as those that are unread, high priority or flagged for follow-up. The phone app now allows users to swipe one direction to answer a call or decline the call and reply via either BlackBerry Messenger or text message.

CEO John Chen has said the company is putting its focus on improving the productivity features of BlackBerry to make it more useful to its core base of customers — business people relying on their phones to keep them in the loop.

Overall, BlackBerry said that the OS update, version 10.2.1, adds “hundreds of new enhancements and refinements.” Other changes include the ability to reply to certain notifications from the lock screen as well as the option to unlock a phone using a combination of a picture and number.


I've been avoiding the OS 10 stuff for a couple reasons that made it seem like they just Didn't Want My Business.  Does this fix any of them?  Or have I heard wrong?

1) No Level 1 filters. I use that so when I'm on call, emails to ME get a different sound than those sent to the on-call group I'm in.

2) No profiles.  I have a bunch of them, since I need a different volume/behavior if I'm running, than if I'm in a movie.

3) Email filters - so if something goes crazy I don't have to log in and filter it in Exchange.  Also, I use them for filtering, so it's still in my inbox when I log in, but doesn't show up on my blackberry and wake me up.

Any thoughts appreciated.


An overlooked feature that was added as well is the ability to know directly install android apps on BlackBerry 10. It works very well and really closes the app gap. Now you can have almost any android app, except for those specifically calling for Google play services.


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