BlackBerry October Update Brings Oodles Of Goodies

BlackBerry has been focusing on software ever since they exited the hardware business and began putting their own internal firmware on phones made by others. While the classic BlackBerry keyboard may be missing, BlackBerry is doing their due diligence to ensure that the "quintessential BlackBerry experience" isn't lost on anybody who buys one of their devices. Keeping their software up to date and adding in new features and fixes is one way that they're accomplishing this, and October's cluster update for BlackBerry software users shows that they don't take their task lightly. A slew of security tweaks, fixes, and brand new features are hitting BlackBerry's devices and apps this month.

For starters, BlackBerry's Hub+ app now boasts full integration with Facebook Messenger, allowing users to keep on top of their social life within the app. Saving inline images in e-mail messages can now be done with a simple long-press, as well. Finally, IT admins will find that they can control BlackBerry Hub+ users' signatures, so long as those users are within their group in Android For Work. The BlackBerry Launcher can now show the date on the icon of any calendar app that supports dynamic icons, including the BlackBerry Calendar. BlackBerry Launcher is also getting an app drawer icon to use for switching launchers and updating or managing the app, along with a number of performance tweaks and fixes. Finally, BlackBerry Password Keeper gets fingerprint support, secure lists, and reorganized settings.

On the more device-specific side of things, those who own a BlackBerry Android device, like a DTEK50 or PRIV will find that the update brings a number of updates to the apps that only they can use. BlackBerry Keyboard can now switch languages via the dedicated key or the spacebar, gesture support with swipe to delete, and separate dictionaries for work and personal use, helping to keep things more secure. BlackBerry Camera, meanwhile, gets performance improvements that allow it to take pictures faster, and give it better focus and "general usability". Hub, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, and Tasks all get nondescript tweaks and fixes. All of the updates will be available via the Play Store when they drop.

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