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BlackBerry 10 update adds new features, Whatsapp

BlackBerry 10 handsets may not be available in the US yet, but we have some great news for consumers looking to pick up the Z10 when it finally does reach Stateside. The new operating system is available for buyers in Europe and we’re pleased to say that the BlackBerry team have just released their very first major software update for BlackBerry 10, adding five notable new features and improvements for those with a handset.

If you have the BlackBerry Z10 now, you may have already had a notification to download the first software update OTA. The new version will bring your device to BlackBerry 10.0.10.85, although BlackBerry recommends users to install using a WiFi connection as the update is a rather sizable 150MB.

If you haven’t had a notification, you can alternatively head into your device settings, then software updates section to attempt to push the update manually. BlackBerry has said that while the update is available now, carrier rollouts will be happening in phases so don’t panic if you don’t have it yet.

The five main updates included involve battery life, the camera, browser and media, phone, calendar and contacts, and finally third-party app performance. Over on the BlackBerry Blog you’ll find a detailed guide on what changes have been made, such as a new optimized camera for taking better pictures in low-light situations.

You’ll also be delighted to hear that Whatsapp is also confirmed for a release sometime in March – nothing on other popular apps such as Spotify yet. BlackBerry also mentions around 60 battery life improvements to BlackBerry 10, so it’s a nice update all around that current users should appreciate.

Everyone loves software updates don’t they? Let’s hope that BlackBerry makes it a regular trend after listening to the community. If you have installed this update already, let us know what performance is like for you at the moment. Are you a happy BlackBerry 10 customer?

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