In an effort to make BlackBerry 10 a bit easier to work with, the folks at BlackBerry have issued update 10.2.1, complete with a few gesture updates and oddities. Here you’ll be able to swipe right to answer a call, left to ignore a call, and work with a number of icons that allow you to instantly silence a call or use your device’s “Reply Now” function with BBM, SMS, or email.
There’s a new ability incoming with SMS and Email Groups, giving you the ability to create both with ease. BlackBerry Hub has been given a new set of Pinch Gesture actions that’ll allow you to filter content. This means you’ll be able to customize your Hub in order to show only one of a number of possible bits: Unread Messages, Flagged Messages, Draft Messages, Meeting Invites, Sent Messages, or Level 1 Alerts.
Lock Screen notifications are now able to be tapped to open. This means you’ll – apparently – be able to respond to important messages much quicker than before, or “check messages more discreetly”, as BlackBerry suggests. You’ll also be able to unlock your BlackBerry device now with a combination of a picture and a number – certainly unique.
Other updates include Offline Browser Reading Mode, Preferred Contact Sync, and Device and Battery Monitor. For users working with the BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Q10, or BlackBerry Q5, this update also “unlocks” the built-in FM radio embedded within each device. Users are able to listen to local radio stations without needing a web connection from this point out – fun stuff!