BlackBerry Confirms BB10.2 OS Update: SDK Beta To Be Available In June, Release Date Set For Q4, Update To Support Android Jelly Bean Apps
It has just been a month after BlackBerry released its first major update (BB 10.1) for the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Reports have already starting claiming that the company is busy working on the next major update (BB 10.2) to its new BB10 OS.
A report by N4BB says that BlackBerry has confirmed the details about the forthcoming BlackBerry 10.2 OS update at the BlackBerry Live event in Orlando. The Waterloo-based company also confirmed that the BlackBerry 10.2 SDK Beta will be available for developers by June.
The upcoming BB10.2 OS update will bring plenty of new features including better multitasking, improved USB capabilities, Wi-Fi Direct and support for Android Jelly Bean applications.
Following are the new features of the upcoming BlackBerry 10.2 OS update [retrieved via N4BB]
Headless apps: Headless apps will run in the background or be triggered instead of showing up and running as a pane.
USB Host Capability: This feature allows an improved USB connectivity for BlackBerry devices to transfer files.
WiFi Direct and Miracast: This feature allows BlackBerry devices to connect using Wi-Fi instead of connecting through a router. The Wi-Fi Direct act like Bluetooth, but use the Wi-Fi connection to transfer files faster. Miracast will be used for high bandwidth transmission of video to an external display.
Flurry Analytics: Flurry helps to understand how BlackBerry users interact with their mobile applications. This feature helps developers to create better apps.
Smart cards: Smart card support will allow BlackBerry 10 devices to act as access cards via NFC.
Altimeter: The altimeter or an altitude meter allows developers to make apps that can use altitude information.
Geofencing: Geofencing on BlackBerry smartphones will allow developers to create apps that work depending on the exact area you are in.
Android Jelly Bean Support: BlackBerry will also be rolling out support for Android Jelly Bean Apps. This helps BlackBerry devices to run Andorid apps.
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