This week, BlackBerry released an update to its mobile operating system, with a slew of tweaks and features that could help business users be more productive. BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 will roll out for all smartphones running BlackBerry 10 starting today (Jan. 28), the company announced. The update makes it easier to respond to incoming calls, text messages and emails; adds security features; and helps users toggle settings and monitor battery life.
Respond to incoming calls
BlackBerry users now have new options to quickly respond to calls as they arrive. The revamped incoming-call screen includes the ability to silence the phone with one tap, as well as options to let users quickly respond via BlackBerry Messenger, SMS or email.
SMS and email groups
Users can now create groups for multiple SMS and email contacts to make broadcast communications easier and more efficient.
Actionable lock-screen notifications
When a new text message, email or other correspondence arrives, you can now respond immediately by tapping a notification that appears on your lock screen. That lets you check messages more discreetly, and respond more quickly so you can get back to work.
Secure picture passwords
A new lock-screen option lets you drag a number grid over a particular point on an image to unlock your phone quickly.
Customizable quick settings
You can now customize which items appear on the Quick Settings menu, letting you more easily toggle key options, such as brightness and network connections. In addition, a revamped battery-monitor screen breaks down your phone usage to help you conserve battery life.