BlackBerry OS 10.three.three beta autoloaders now to be had for developers

Bear in mind the best old days while BlackBerry used to launch beta OS builds to developers? properly, they are again. BlackBerry has as an alternative quietly up to date the BlackBerry Dev Alpha downloads web page with beta builds of BlackBerry 10.3.3.746 so builders may additionally take a look at their apps in opposition to that build to make sure all stays running best.

just as before, the OS builds aren’t complete builds of the OS, they’re watermarked with your PIN and are certainly now not endorsed to be downloaded except you’re a developer. One hassle has already popped up within the forums, wherein the SD Card Drivers for the OS might not deploy for a person who unknowingly established one of the beta builds.

That caution apart and knowing a few will totally forget about it, you could hit the hyperlink below to seize the OS in your unique device. Z10, Z30, Q5, Q10, soar, Passport, conventional and subsequently, Dev Alpha C are all supported.

BlackBerry Z3 Review

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BlackBerry launched the BlackBerry Z3 in India recently. It is the company’s first smartphone as the result of its 5-year Foxconn partnership. After the BlackBerry Z10 and the Z30, this is the third full touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone. The BlackBerry Z10 that was launched for Rs. 43490 in India last year got a price cut to Rs. 17,990 earlier this year, which made more people try out the BlackBerry 10 platform. Priced at Rs. 15,990, the BlackBerry Z3 has a large screen, more RAM and a slightly larger battery compared to the BlackBerry Z10. Is it worth the price? Let us find out in the complete review.

The phone has a 5-inch IPS display with a pixel resolution of 960 by 540 with a pixel density of 220 PPI. The display is bright, has good viewing angles, but it is too glossy and is prone to fingerprints. It has an ambient light sensor, but it doesn’t have auto brightness option, hence the sunlight legibility is not the best. Display is good in indoor environment, even when the brightness is low, but you have to increase the brightness manually when you move to bright outdoor environment to view the content properly.

There is a 1.1-megapixel camera on the top, next to the earpiece. It can record videos at 720p HD resolution. There is a tiny LED notification light on the other side of the earpiece. It also has a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor.

The camera UI is simple. It has options to switch between camera, video and time shift mode on the top right corner. The Time Shift mode captures multiple shots, so that you can select the perfect shot you need and save it. The menu has different options such as option to switch between front and rear cameras, different shooting modes (Normal, Stabilization, Burst and HDR), different scene modes (Auto, Action, Whiteboard, Night and Beach or Snow), Flash toggle and option to select Aspect Ratio (1:1, 4:3 and 16:9).

Daylight shots and HDR images are decent and the macro shots are good too, but the details are missing and the colors are not vibrant. Low light shots are below average with a lot of noise. Flash helps a bit even though it’s not powerful.

Even though it has just 5-megapixel camera, it is capable of recording videos at 1080p full HD resolution at 30 fps. The video looks good and the audio is also crisp since it has a secondary microphone. Check out the 1080p video sample below.

The BlackBerry Z3 runs on BlackBerry OS 10.2.1. The OS 10 is completely based on swipe gestures since it lacks capacitive or on-screen touch buttons. BlackBerry has added several new features to the OS 10 in recent months, so the experience is better compared to the earlier versions. Lockscreen now has actionable notifications. You can launch the camera easily from the lockscreen.

The search has improved a lot, which now offers universal search results as you type. The Quick Settings Menu is now customizable via settings so that you can select what appears on the drop down menu. It offers notifications on the top and the Hub that are different from Android and iOS. It might need some time to get adjusted to the gesture-based interface and the notifications if you are new to BlackBerry. BlackBerry OS 7 devices requires BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) package, weekly or monthly subscription for Email and BBM, but the BlackBerry 10 doesn’t require BIS or any other subscription, which is great.

Since it has built-in BlackBerry Runtime for Android apps, it can run Android apps just by side-loading an APK. Most apps run fine, but these are not smooth and lags often, compared to native BlackBerry apps. You can also side-load Android app stores like Aptoide to download more apps directly. Still BlackBerry OS 10 lacks a lot of apps compared to Android and iOS. If you are from Android, you miss Google Apps such as Google Docs. BlackBerry recently tied up with Amazon to integrate Amazon App Store in BlackBerry 10 later this year. This will improve the app count.

BlackBerry Z3 launching in India on June 25th

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BlackBerry is all set to launch the BlackBerry Z3, the company’s latest BlackBerry 10 smartphone in India next week. The company has sent us press invite for the launch event scheduled for June 25th. The invite just reads it would unveil the next generation BlackBerry 10 device. Since the company alreadylaunched the BlackBerry Z30, it is clear that it is BlackBerry Z3 that would be launched in a week . 

BlackBerry Z3 specifications

  • 5-inch qHD (960 × 540 pixels) touch screen display
  • BlackBerry OS 10
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8230) processor with Adreno 305 GPU
  • 5MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash
  • 1.1MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, LED Indicator
  • 9.26mm thick and weighs 164 grams
  • 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE with aptX codec and GPS
  • 1.5 GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 2500 mAh non-removable battery

Twitter for BlackBerry 10 updated with several new features

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BlackBerry has updated its Twitter app for BlackBerry 10 users to make it come on line with its other apps. Now, users can draft tweets and post them later.

The new Twitter 10.3 version for BB10 brings Swipeable Timeline that allows to swipe between ‘Activity’ and ‘Discover’ tabs thereby making access to the content quicker. Twitter gets support for images in Direct Messages also the ability to disable inline images in the Home feed. Users also get a retake picture option in the latest update in case the first one comes off bad.

New features in Twitter 10.3 for BlackBerry 10

  • Save Tweets as Drafts, and send when you are ready.
  • Swipeable Timeline to ‘Activity’ and ‘Discover’ tabs for quicker access to content
  • Multiple photo enhancements – Photos In Direct Message, toggle pictures on/off in the home timeline, and Retake/Edit picture options in Tweet composer
  • Age gating – verifying the user’s age when following certain brands/products

Finally, Blackberry has done performance improvements to help you access your content faster. The new version of Twitter for BB 10 is available for users to download from the BlackBerry App World.