Update: BlackBerry Z10 users receiving first software update

Daniel Bader

February 28, 2013 2:45 pm

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We’re hearing reports that Rogers and Fido BlackBerry Z10 owners are receiving their first OTA updates. This isn’t the previously-announced BlackBerry 10.1 update that is supposed to come to devices in March (though only TELUS has alluded to it) but it brings the software update to version 10.0.10.85. The update looks to be fairly small, only 378MB, so there are likely more carrier-specific changes and optimizations than a fully-fledged feature update.

If you’re running a Z10 on Rogers or Fido, head to Settings/Software Update and let us know how it works out for you!

Update: Seems that TELUS users are also being pushed the update now.
(Thanks Dale for the pics)

Update #2: BlackBerry just posted the top 5 improvements for the update:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Source: BlackBerry
Via: CrackBerry

  • JUST SAYING

    GALAXY S4 RELEASE PLEASE????

    • Mexico Ron

      Can’t wait to see how much this improves my battery life.

  • iphoneeeeeeeeee

    iZ10 iZ10 iZ10

    • Sterling

      how’s your 6yr old OS doing there buddy??? Surprised you didn’t crash using your lame ios maps!!

      BB10 and Z10 FTW!!! BB ROCKS BB ROCKS BB ROCKS!

    • Dr.Hugo

      Get a life , did mommy take your i-toy away

  • Sterling

    It’s actually about 145mb for the update!!

  • Oh Hi!!

    Actually 149MB as I am doing it right now.

  • scarneck

    its 10.0.10.85 and its (151 MB)for rogers

  • scarneck

    im doing it right now

  • Draven

    Encouraging to see quick updates… I am currently using an iPhone 4S and will be upgrading later this year… The choice will be between iPhone and BB10….it will likely be iPhone, but BB has a shot if they consistently get updates out and offer quality apps.

  • Monkey Face

    Watch the update be Rogers/Fido bloatware. Never trust Robbers…

    • Sterling

      Actually it’s not. Telus is getting the update as well. Fixes some issues we were having with 2way sync with Google Calendars and we have full bedside mode back with the option to allow for phone calls in bedside mode.

  • Dominique

    Stopped reading at “Rogers”…

  • Johnz

    @Sterling: you have serious mental issues buddy. You might want to look at getting some meds to help control it.

    • Sterling

      oh I’m sorry, I’m just fighting back from the trolls of the iphone world… the Z10 is actually a pretty solid phone, so excuse me for fighting back.

      No mental issues here, but maybe you have some

  • Pavan

    I just got a 150MB update from BlackBerry for my Z10 on Rogers, which brings it to 10.0.10.85. Updating now…

  • Joe Jim Bob the third

    I’m on Koodo, and Koodo is getting the update right now as well(essentially telus). Fast download, 50% done and only took maybe 2 minutes.

  • skwarek

    Koodo is updating now to.

  • mattprime86

    Does the OS fighting REALLY need to continue? You’re making your respective OS choice look stupid when you blab about it. And making the rest of us who also use it, look just as dumb.
    I’m using a Nexus 4 and love it, but to everyone else using anything else, they love theirs too.

    Quit the stupidity

    • Keith450

      I could not have said it better.

      I use a BlackBerry and it works for me. What is all this bashing about? Different people have different needs.

      is there some sort of inferiority complex going on, where one feels better by putting down the other one?

  • SC

    Before anyone starts looking for new features, there are none. This is a bug fix update and is supposed to solve some battery drain issues as well

    • Sterling

      Well a new feature is bedside with Phone Only option!! That wasn’t a bug, it was a feature left out.

  • Cam

    Any word on Bell joining in the update?

  • Joe Jim Bob the third

    It’s astroturfing. Some are trolls, most of it is astroturfing. Largley being done by 3 groups at this point(Windows Phone group, Citigroup, and Blackberry). Feels like most of it is Citigroup, but it’s hard to tell.

    • glonq

      WP losers astroturf the *hell* out of MobileSyrup. But Citigroup too? Really? Why?

  • BB11

    Is this BB11????

  • SC

    No, this is BB 10.0.10.672

  • glonq

    Wow, in those two screenshots BB10 looks a lot like Android 4’s “holo” style. Not that there’s anything wrong with that — I think BB is decent.

  • Joe Jim Bob the third

    @glonq

    Citigroup has heavy invest elsewhere and they stand to gain from Blackberry stock going down. They keep annoucning how crappy Blackberry stock is and how everyone should sell. Every time they do, huge increase in troll ret@rds.

  • Maxime Tremblay

    Is this BB10 ?

    Oh, this IS BB10, great ! ;-)

  • Draven

    I couldn’t agree more with those saying they are tired of people fighting over which OS is the best. Yes, I use iOS…and will probably continue to do so…however, I want BB to do well because it is a Canadian company that employs a lot of good people, and the better and more innovative that BB is, the better iOS will have to become to stay ahead. Android I really don’t care about, because I am not one who wants to spend that much time customizing their phone…but it’s a great option for those who like that.

    Really, it seems the fighting over OSs boils down to people who never grew out of saying “my daddy can beat up your daddy”

    • Dan

      Agreed. However, keep in mind that a lot of the impetus for these pointless disputes are coming from extraordinary claims made by RIM employees. Mostly dev’s. They keep comparing against the “others” and when corporate employees do that, you cannot expect the users not to follow suit. Ridculous fallacy that arises out of trying to carve out your own niche -which BBRY did successfuly (and that says a lot)- and then revel by comparing, which is a pointless endeavor.

  • Nothin But RIM

    Definitely notice the change in the camera. That’s amazing!

  • Blacksunshine

    Where is bell in all this. Why are they so painstakingly slow to release updates?

    • Jon

      Yeah, where’s Bell in these updates? C’mon Bell!

  • kakarot

    I like me z10, and my last 2 phones were the nexus 4 and iPhone 5…. my battery life is great and overall it’s been a very smooth experience. my only complaint, I can see lag in my shuffleboard game sometime…phone, browser, keyboard, design.. great little phone

  • OU812

    I’m xtremely glad the z10 is doing well n am very happy the Canadian carriers are really supporting BlackBerry. And these carrier updates just proves that they really want blackberry to succeed.

    On a side note, does anyone here know anything about blackberry coming out with a slider phone. Love my 9900 but would love to upgrade to a slider.

    • ben

      As a previous 9810 and 9800 owned, I understand why you want a slider, but you really ought to try a Z10. I’ve had mine for a few weeks now and am convinced that the on screen keyboard is faster than any qwerty phone I’ve owned. BlackBerry completely nailed the on screen keyboard. I had been considering a q10 and hoped that they’d make a successor to the 9810, now I see no need.

    • ben

      … owner… brilliant on screen keyboard is no substitute for proof reading before posting.

  • David

    Has anyone had problems with the update?

    It took about an hour to download.

    Now the z10 has been sitting with a “Software Update Complete, Preparing to restart” screen for about 30 minutes.

    • Roh

      Ye mine got stuck on preparing to restart as well, i just shut the phone down with the power button at the top and turned it back on, when i turned it on said update was successful.

  • screamer

    Blackberry? One week old and an update. Oh well like apple. Boah so cool these phones.

    You want old hardware and bad battery? Go get a nice blackberry!

  • Artax

    Update was quick and easy on Koodo. Gmail works great now, couldn’t make appointment on previous versions and have it sync up to the cloud. Also find that text selection is much better now.