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First BlackBerry 10 Firmware Update Improves Battery Life

BlackBerry has released the first update for the BlackBerry Z10, addressing issues pertaining to battery life, among other aspects.

The new firmware is a 150 MB download and is available as an over-the-air update. BlackBerry stated that the update has been formed predominately based on consumer feedback collected since the smartphone's launch.

One of the key changes it made in the firmware is battery life. It said it's integrated more than 60 optimizations to improve battery life, as well as addressing poor runtimes: "Heavy users especially should see a longer average usage per charge cycle.

Notable improvements stemming from BlackBerry Z10's first update are as follows:

  • 3rd Party App Performance: We’ve improved performance for 3rd party applications, so developers can build apps that run fast and smooth for you. With this update, you might want to keep an eye out for some fresh new app launches in March, like WhatsApp.
  • Phone, Calendar, and Contacts: Among the top improvements and features are fixes for Gmail calendars on BlackBerry 10. You’ll also find improvements in the BlackBerry Hub for logging calls log and how conversations are handled. We’ve also made general improvements to importing contacts from online sources.
  • Camera: We’ve optimized the camera for better photos in low-light situations. You’ll love the difference this makes for photos where you don’t use a flash – like the Time Shift Camera feature.Browser and Media: With more and more of you using the gorgeous screen on the BlackBerry Z10 to consume online videos and media, we’ve made a number of improvements to the software in the way the browser handles video playback to provide a fantastic experience.
  • Battery life: The software team has included a number of battery life optimizations with over 60 battery saving improvements since launch to keep you moving. These combined improvements are designed so that you see improvements in battery life and heavy users especially should see a longer average usage per charge cycle.


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