Got a BlackBerry 10 device? If you do, you’ll soon see a notification that there’s an OS update waiting for you. And once it’s installed you’ll have access to a whole lot more apps than you did before BlackBerry 10.3.1.
That’s because the Amazon Appstore is part of the update. While owners of the two newest BlackBerry phones, the Passport and Classic, have had access all along, 10.3.1 will open the doors to all BlackBerry 10 devices. From the Z10 to the Q5, BlackBerry’s Android runtime will greatly improve the app situation on your phone.
This is great news for BlackBerry users, but it’s just too bad that the company decided to pull the plug on the Playbook. It ran plenty of Android apps without issue back when it could be jailbroken, and official support and access to the Appstore would have given it a new lease on life.There’s plenty more inside the 10.3.1 update. BlackBerry has also re-introduced keyboard shortcuts, and that’s a welcome addition for die-hards who purchased a QWERTY model and were surprised to find that functionality was missing. BlackBerry is also claiming that the improved power saving features in BlackBerry 10.3.1 can extend your phone’s battery life by as much as 15% (your mileage will no doubt vary based on how you use your device).You’ll get a push notification when your BlackBerry 10.3.1 download is ready, or if you’ve enabled automatic updates you’ll receive a ping in Hub when the download has begun.