BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 update making its way to Verizon's Z10, Q10 and Z30

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| March 18, 2014

Verizon BlackBerry Z10 rear

Following BlackBerry's announcement of the BlackBerry 10.2.1 update back at the tail end of January, Verizon has started pushing the new software to its versions of the BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Z30.

The 10.2.1 update is a beefy one, bringing with it major new features like a customizable Quick Settings menu, a simplified Phone UI, the ability to install Android APK files directly from the browser, email of File Manager and much, much more. Here's a quick rundown of the goodies packed inside of BlackBerry 10.2.1:

  • Pinch to Prioritize: Pinch to filter messages in BlackBerry Hub
  • Customized Quick Settings: Customize toggles and options in Quick Settings menu
  • Improved Calendar UI
  • Offline Reading Mode: Save a page for offline viewing
  • Simplified Phone UI: Makes answering or declining incoming calls easier, new Reply Now icon to send BBM, SMS or email message to caller
  • Preferred Contact Sync: Choose sync source for contacts
  • SMS and Email Groups
  • "Delete Prior" and "Delete On": Specify where you want a message to be deleted from, options include: Handset Only, Mailbox & Handheld and Prompt
  • Device Monitor: Get information on battery usage, memory use, CPU, mobile network and Wi-Fi connections
  • Copy and Paste Improvements
  • Android Runtime: Android Native Support can run Jelly Bean apps
  • Level 1 Notifications: Can set Level 1 Notifications that override the current notification profile
  • APK Installation: Install Android APK files directly from browser, email or File Manager
  • Action Bars: Minimize number of steps necessary to complete tasks with action bar shortcuts
  • Actionable Lock Screen Notifications
  • Software Updates: Initiate software updates if you're not connected to the Internet, allow for automatic updates over Wi-Fi
  • New Enterprise Features
  • Exchange ActiveSync: Support for ActiveSync 14.1
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10
  • Priority Hub, Attachment View, BBM Natural Sound with Screen Share, BBM Now for Z10 and Q10
  • Miracast: Beam presentations or other content on screen wirelessl with Q10 and Z30
  • Automotive Integration
  • Lock Screen Message Preview
  • Adaptive Sharing and new Share Targets: Learns sharing habits, suggests frequent sharing destinations, support for sharing via QR code and Wi-Fi Direct
  • Voice Control and Accessibility Features
  • USB Host Mode: On Z30, connect USB devices like storage or mouse and keyboard
  • Wi-Fi Direct: On Q10 and Z30, share content with other devices without need for wireless access point
  • BlackBerry Calendar "I Will Be Late": Send message to meeting participants if you're running late

That's a pretty beefy changelog, no? Yes, BlackBerry 10.2.1 is a major update for anyone that's using a BB10 device as their daily driver, which is why it's good to see that the update is finally making its way to Verizon customers, nearly two months after it was initially announced. If you've got a Verizon Z10, Q10 or Z30 laying around, grab that thing and go into Settings > Software Updates > Check for Updates to see if you've got some new software waiting for you.

Via @VZWNews, CrackBerry, Verizon Wireless: BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Z30