BlackBerry issues Maintenance Release for BB 10.1, adds message gestures and Balance improvements


BlackBerry has begun rolling out a Maintenance Release for BlackBerry 10.1 devices, including the Q10 and Z10, which brings a number of user-requested improvements to the mobile operating system.

First and foremost, users can now swipe between emails or messages in the Hub, an omission that likely cost the company a few fans when BB10 debuted in January. It’s also possible to quickly jump to the last unread message by pressing ‘u’ on the Q10.

Improvements to BlackBerry World include the ability to add apps to a Wish List for later perusal, and automatic updates have been added, though it seems only for apps that were preloaded on the device.

BlackBerry Balance users will also now be able to separate work and personal conversations in the Hub, something that, again, should have been there from the beginning.

Language support for Korean and Chinese, along with a new search box in the Remember app, promise that this release is more than just a small update. And, finally, the option to add just a simple password  is now available to users, so no more text strings just to unlock a phone.

Some users are reporting, however, that text messages are being deleted from the device upon reboot of the app, though BlackBerry has not confirmed whether this is the case. Before updating, we’d recommend backing up any important text messages just in case.

The update is available for all Canadian branded Z10’s and Q10’s, including those on subsidiary networks.