BlackBerry OS 10.3.1
BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is now official. BlackBerry

Following a series of leaks, the BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is now official! BlackBerry has announced the global roll-out of its newest BlackBerry operating system version for the existing BlackBerry 10 powered devices.

After downloading and installing the latest BlackBerry OS 10 iteration, users will gain access to the new enhancements that include BlackBerry Blend, battery boosting technology, improvements to BlackBerry Hub, calendar, camera, multimedia and more. It also offers access to tons of apps through both the BlackBerry World storefront and the Amazon Appstore.

The new OS has been ushered in with a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar, so that most commonly used functions are at the centre of the screen.

Apart from these, the new OS brings BlackBerry Assistant, the company's first digital assistant, which can be used with voice and text commands - Apple's Siri-like virtual assistant that was rumoured earlier.

Availability

BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 has started rolling out to BlackBerry users around the world from 19 February starting with Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific to the following list of devices running BlackBerry 10.

Supported devices

  • BlackBerry Passport
  • BlackBerry Z30
  • BlackBerry Z3
  • BlackBerry Z10
  • BlackBerry Q10
  • BlackBerry Q5
  • BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 and P'9982
BlackBerry OS 10.3.1
Screenshot of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.1565 on unlocked BlackBerry Z3. BlackBerryOS

You will receive a notification in the BlackBerry Hub once the software is ready for download. If automatic software download is enabled, you will be notified in the BlackBerry Hub that the software is downloading. Check out the new features in BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.

How to update to BlackBerry OS 10.3.1

There are three ways to update your BlackBerry 10 smartphone:

  • On the web
  • Using BlackBerry link
  • From your smartphone (over-the-air)

On the web

For PC users - To download software from the BlackBerry site, you should be running Firefox or Windows Internet Explorer v5.5 or, higher.

Check for a browser message on the screen asking to run an add-on. Once you do that, you should see a Check for Updates button here.

For Mac - Download BlackBerry Link to update your smartphone software. Once installed, connect your smartphone to the PC and you will be automatically prompted to update.

Using BlackBerry link

When a new version of the software is available for your BlackBerry device, it will be listed in the Settings view in BlackBerry Link on your computer. From there, click Install Update to update your software.

From your smartphone (over-the-air)

You can directly update your BlackBerry smartphone OTA. Go to Home screen of the smartphone, swipe down from top of the screen. Tap Settings>>Software Updates>> Check for Updates.

[Source: BlackBerry]