BlackBerry 10.1 developer preview reveals new features like HDR camera mode, easier app updating

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| April 18, 2013

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BlackBerry hasn't really made any major announcements regarding BlackBerry 10.1, but yesterday the company rolled out a developer preview version of the new OS so that application creators can see how their software will run on the BlackBerry Q10. Unsurprisingly, devs have been tearing it apart since then, and CrackBerry has compiled a list of all of the changes that've been discovered so far.

Some of the more notable new features that devs have found inside BlackBerry 10.1 include an HDR option for the camera, the ability to turn off alerts for specific apps, an easier method of checking for updates in the BlackBerry World app store, the ability to fully unlock a phone using the power button and support for coupon codes in BlackBerry World. A longer list of changes is available at the bottom of this post. It's also worth noting that, since the 10.1 update that's currently being ripped apart is a developer preview, it's entirely likely that we'll see even more new features into the consumer release of BlackBerry 10.1.

While the goodies that've been dug up so far in the 10.1 preview don't sound particularly earth-shattering, they do seem like they'll add up to make using a BlackBerry 10 device a more enjoyable experience overall. With the BlackBerry Q10 expected to start launching internationally later this month, here's to hoping that some official news on BlackBerry 10.1 and its new features soon. Until then, you can hit up the CrackBerry link below for some images that show BB10.1's changes in action.

  • HDR option for taking photos
  • PIN to PIN messaging now available and present in the BlackBerry Hub
  • APN editing is now enabled (Though this may remain carrier based)
  • 'Highlights" for text such as word correction on the keyboard are now green, instead of blue
  • 'Text Picker' has been improved, now allows for easily moving left and right between letters easier
  • Sharing menu is now black, just like on the BlackBerry Q10
  • New help demos and walkthroughs after initial boot
  • Select All for broadcast messages is now available
  • Ability to turn off alerts for specific applications
  • Easier to check for updates in BlackBerry World
  • Phone can be fully unlocked at lock screen now by the power button
  • BlackBerry World now has options for coupon redemption
  • Pasting of phone numbers directly into dialpad
  • Installed apps can be opened from with BlackBerry World (No longer shows 'installed' now shows 'open')

Via Inside BlackBerry Developer BlogCrackBerry


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