BlackBerry rocked the BlackBerry 10 developer world yesterday by launching a public beta of the BlackBerry 10.1 OS for the BlackBerry Z10 & Dev Alpha B/C. They listed a huge warning that this is not a final OS and is not intended for daily use but rather just for testing. Still that has not stopped many from doing it anyways. We just wanted to collect some of the findings readers have sent in along with out own impressions. Keep in mind some key things are missing like the Clock/Alarm!
- The OS is not as crippled as I was expecting. The basics are there including the Hub (cool new loader), BBM, Phone & more though some native apps are missing that are important like the calculator, BBM Video, and social integration
- HDR camera option
- You can paste passwords in password fields
- You can turn off notifications per section in a profile
- New option to always adjust media volume with buttons
- New Help/Demo options
- You can unlock the phone totally using the power button
- Some new details in the about screen but nothing groundbreaking
- Improved BlackBerry World updates & added coupon code option. They also added the ability to open apps after installing.
- Finally copy and paste in phone app
- APN Settings are editable for now (on some carriers)
- Easier to select text
- Some more menus are now black themed instead of white
- PIN to PIN messaging is in along with the dreaded select all button for broadcast messages
- Bit more language support
Sadly I am still not seeing the option to set new profiles but you do get a bit more control like vibration. The Android runtime is also still at 2.3.3. IMAP is also still limited to 30 day sync for my Gmail though ActiveSync got an update to forever.
As you can see these are some new features but truthfully not worth the compromise if this is your day to day phone. Still I hope we get some updated beta’s with new features soon!