AT&T upgrades BlackBerry Z10 to BlackBerry OS 10.1


AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is upgrading the BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) Z10 smartphone to BlackBerry OS 10.1. The operator confirmed the update--available over-the-air and via download--on its official Twitter account.

BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) first unveiled BlackBerry 10.1 in mid-May. The update touts a revamped BlackBerry Hub, which offers a single point of access for all personal and professional conversations including BlackBerry Messenger chat, email and social media updates. Improvements include support for PIN-to-PIN messages for direct communication between BlackBerry smartphones as well as expanded attachment support, making it easier to view emails attached to other messages.

BlackBerry 10.1 also expands Time Shift, which lets users move parts of photos backwards and forwards in time to create the perfect shot. BB10.1 adds a High Dynamic Range shooting mode for capturing images in difficult lighting conditions, snapping multiple photos at different exposure levels and automatically layering them to generate a single image combining dark and light areas. Additional enhancements include personalized notifications for accounts and contacts, fine cursor control for more accurate typing and landscape calendar support.

BlackBerry introduced the overhauled BlackBerry 10 in late January, pinning its comeback hopes on the revamped platform. Early signs are not encouraging: BlackBerry reported first-quarter net losses of $84 million, and research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech recently reported that BlackBerry products accounted for just 0.7 percent of all U.S. smartphone sales during the three-month period ending in May 2013, down from 4.6 percent in the year-earlier period.

For more:
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