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BlackBerry OS 10.2 shows off enhanced UI, BBM Channels, multiple alarms and more

By Adam Zeis on 5 Jun 2013 05:56 pm EDT

While many Z10 owners are still waiting on OS 10.1 to officially arrive, the rumors about OS 10.2 have been stirring for quite a while. Kris dropped some screens in the forums today that show off a bit of what we can expect for the next big OS update.

In addition to a slew of UI enhancements, BBM Channels comes pre-installed, BBM has been revamped, there are now multiple alarms in the clock app and a new loading indicator takes over for the old blue circle.

While these screens do shed some light on what we can expect to see, this is surely just the start of things as the rumors point to many more additions and fixes for OS 10.2. 

Don't get too excited however since there is no official release set for the initial release.

Swing by the forums to chat it up and check out the full set of screens in the gallery above or watch the video walkthrough below, with some mild NSFW language.

Discuss more in the CrackBerry forums



Can I get 10.1 first? Come on Tmo


I'm with you on that all the way...

Posted via CB10


10.4 will be out for Canada before the us gets 10.1. Thanks blackberry


It is the US carriers delay, not BB. They are slower than every carrier on this planet,


Every carrier is ahead of the US carriers in releasing the update, most of the carriers release the updates with 2 weeks. What could be the problem for the US carriers?



Posted via CB10

Dave Bourque

As usual rofl.

Sent from my BB10 smartphone.


BlackBerry OS updates are on the very bottom of every US carriers to-do lists. Can't blame them for not caring about BB right now. BB should have released a flawless product to begin with if you ask me.


Flawless software? LOL, you clearly don't work for a software company.


Okay "flawless" is an unrealistic word now-a-days when it comes to BB. So i'll say "better."


"flawless" is an unrealistic word for ALL software companies, not just BlackBerry



You don't know what you are talking about, which software release does not need regular updates. You are lucky BlackBerry fix this in a haste manner. Apple will take forever.


I'm not saying there isn't anything out there that doesn't need OS updates but BB should have known with BB10 there wasn't going to be any carrier cooperation when it comes to anything beyond sales. When it comes to advertisement and O.S updates etc BB is on their own.


American carriers don't act like normal corporations, can't get there shit together, aren't interested in providing the best experience for ALL their customers and generally are dinosaurs that move at similar speeds?

This is bb's problem how?

Posted via my Zed (not Zee) 10


I would like you to show me one example of a technical product that was perfect on its first iteration ... releasing flawless software hahaha we can't even expect perfect spelling from a newspaper and you expect perfect software.


Posted via my Zed (not Zee) 10


I agree Moz. If BlackBerry had released a decent product that people actually "lusted" over; the U.S. carriers would get the updates done right away. But the Z10 is a very flawed product that is performing badly in the U.S. So who could blame the carriers for not putting serious attention on it?

Nathan Bael

They need to get the software in there to track our conversations. BlackBerry probably isn't installing that for them ahead of time.



I wonder how long it takes iPhone to get updates or Android for that matter.


From what I know it takes a lot longer than several months. Look at the Apple iPhone iOS6 problem with MS Exchange, they didn't even admit there was a problem. BlackBerry is a lot quicker, there were couple releases on bb10 already.


Can I get 10.0.1 even? Lol

Posted via CB10


Haha good luck with that

Posted via CB10


try out some of the leaked os - they are more or less the same as official releases. check the forum. no need to wait for the carriers.


Adam, have you ever considered changing your first name to Carl?

Adam Zeis

At one point. Then again, my grandfather always told me the reason our name was Zeis and not Zeiss is because we didn't have as much money. 



Posted via CB10 on my Z10 & loving it!


@Adam Zeis

She took of the last S for $avings. LOL


you mean "off" not "of".

I've heard this before ... I'm actually wondering if the name change was costly per letter prior to the 1940's in the USA?


Sounds good. Still waiting for 10.1 AT&T

why is the blue startup circle OLD? I like it

Posted via CB10


In Canada I got this update like a month ago on Fido

Posted via CB10



Posted via CB10


Yea!!! Bring it on!


Can VZW get 10.1?
WTH is the hold up???

Plazmic Flame

The hold up is Verizon, sadly.


By the time 10.2 is released, VZW maaaybe will be thinking about releasing 10.1.

GRAH! I am so damn tired of the political BS the US carriers are playing!

Please can someone at CB or BB (Kevin? Thorsten?) speak to someone influential at VZW and tell them to get on this already!? There are SO many apps and updates I can't dl because I am mired in 10.0.9 land. (I'm not too proud to say that I'm not brave enough to try dl'ing a leaked OS.)

Calling VZW doesn't help. Most of the reps aren't familiar at all w/ BB or the BB10 platform.

So frustrating!


Do what I did. I walked into a Rogers store & asked if I could get an old MicroSIM card. (they always have old deactivated ones laying around. Took it home, put it into my Q10, did the update via wifi, & then put my own SIM back in ;)


You suggest for us USA carriers to go all the way up North to Canada to do that loophole to receive OS 10.1 update...

The cost for that trip will cost us more money than what the BlackBerry Z10 is worth 0_o


No, that won't work for those not living on the boarder, or without Canadian friends or family, but it may help some people.

I was just pointing out that there is a way around it ;)


Looks Wicked sweet. Love the new integrations to the HUB!


I like the Blue Circle. Why get rid of that?


Apparently this new one has a cool animation (I'd like to see it), but I don't like that it is gray and looks like text. I would like it to be blue again, but I need to see this animation...

Kris Simundson

The animation is pretty cool

Posted via CB10


I prefer the new one more, also it seems like the button texture changed too, it looks more contrasted and glossy 10/10 would tap on that


Are there any new significant features or just minor improvements?


Expect incremental changes


Hey Kris, thanks for sharing. Any chance of sharing a short vid on the animation?

Kris Simundson

check out the updated blog post ;)


I enjoyed the blue loading circle too. It reminded me a lot of webOS.

Posted via CB10


Me too, maybe that's why they changed it.
I like the new animation too, maybe even more, though I will hold final judgment until I see what they have when they officially release 10.2


re: vzw 10.1, what I head is that VZW was skipping 10.0.10 and waiting for Q10, which comes out next week. 10.1 should hopefully be out within the next two weeks.


Yes multiple alarms...That's all I wanted!


Leak leak leak!!!

Via Zeppelin 10


maybe the blue circle is gone cause QNX BlackBerry 10 is so effin solid, it never lags!


Posted via CB on a Q10


I see Joyn in the HUB. Yes!

Posted via CB10

Monica Buruato

Another BB site said AT&T is rolling out 10.1 as we speak. Is it true??!


Monica, what site was that?

Posted via CB10


love it! good news.

updated to 10.1 last night.
a10 rumours.
10.2 rumores.
i love BlackBerry!

Posted via CB10

Poirots Progeny

Now all we need is a release date! Bring it on!

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10


Just updated to on UK TMO. Also available on EE in UK on my work Z10. By the time we get 10.2, there'll be leaks for 11.2! Lol

Posted via CB10


Mine says


What bring for the new upgrade on V10.2....!!!

Posted via CB10


Fix the damn Reboot issues i would be happy!


I think a revamped BBM is much needed. Not a big fan of the new layout. Much preferred BB7's BBM setup

Posted via CB10


You guys couldn't dust the Z off before the picture? Smh.

Z10? Why yes it is.


Sucks the U.S carriers are so slow to push the 10.1 OS update to their customers. Thank goodness with Rogers we got that update so quickly. Looking forward to the new 10.2 OS update when it eventually arrives.

Posted via CB10


Is 10.1 much better u like z10 more now????


I haven't used BBM in over a year. I still remember the good old days.


Yep where everyone has a BlackBerry now it's I messages lol




Chuckle. I'm a little frustrated too...

Posted via CB10


10.2 for the A10!

We need some coordination regarding released updates. Judging by the response from the Crackberry crew the carriers can't be trusted to deliver for their customers.

Time to give those carriers a damn good thrashing.

If can't always be BlackBerry's fault.

Posted via CB10

Plazmic Flame

Whoa! The A10 is rumored to launch in November! That's a long wait for 10.2. Needs to come a lot quicker than that.


The carriers couldn't care less. As far as they're concerned they can live without their BB customers, so whats the point of having a sense of urgency when rolling out updates???


Where is the 10.2 leak? I'm ready to load it up :)

Posted via CB10


Love the integration of backup into settings, can't wait to find out more


How about a fully-featured bridge? I won't be giving up my OS7 until then.


When you think about it, it doesn't make much sense for BB to spend a lot of time/money making Bridge work for OS2.1 when BB10 is coming for the PlayBook. Fingers crossed with the hope that we'll see Bridge functionality restored then.


what was wrong with the old loading spinner?


it looked too much like win 8


Any word if home screen speed dialing have been fixed yet? Or will that be for the next update??

Kris Simundson

Can't say I'm on a Z so no way to test

Posted via CB10


Shortcutme has the ability to create dialing shortcuts on the home screen. That's what I use.


I would like to be able to shut my phone and the alarm to work.

Posted via CB10


Yup. Keeping the phone on/plugged in to be able to use the alarm is a fail. No other phone I've owned had this issue.

And... no... fan boys... I don't want an app to accomplish this.

Posted via CB10


You could set the device to silent with no alerts.


You should be able to use top button to turn off. Swipe up half way on lock screen just enough to wake it but not go off lock screen. Swipe down from top and the alarm comes up in Bedside mode. Viola. I use this all the time.

Unbiased Tech

What's joyn?

Posted via CB10


What is joyn? joyn makes everyday mobile to mobile communications more engaging.

joyn brings you closer to the people in your mobile address book by combining all the ways you want to be in touch – talk, chat, share videos, photos and files. Liven-up your everyday communication as you:

Share the chat – with one-to-one and group instant messaging
Share the moment – enhance calls and chat by adding in videos, pictures, music and files
joyn is mobile phone and network aware which means it automatically ‘knows and shows’ the ways you can share with any of your contacts – via chat, video, call or files – at any moment in time.


Didn't multiple alarms come in 10.1?

Come on, VZW! Give us the update!

Posted via CB10


Nope and I was late to work this morning because of it.


Verizon r dumb ass probably release it after they get the a10 this week


Yeah I thought so too. Didn't come with headless apps either. Hope this one does. Course, won't matter much to us US folks if the updates don't get to us...


Home screen (and everything) viewable in landscape... oh please.

Posted via CB10


Oh hell yes! Bring it on BB!


I can't wait. This last update has ruined my phone. And that's not a joke.

Even after wiping the device and starting over it still has glitches requiring restarts and poor touch response on the bezel.

Posted via CB10


Screenshot is saved to your personal space? what does that mean?


perhaps it's simply a descriptive toast. Currently, we don't get any notification of screenshot except for sound but if you have your phone on silent, there's no way for you to tell if it saved or not.


It's for balance (corporate) users. With 10.1 screenshots are stored in the work space, which can be annoying. :)


Can't we get this 10.2 leak kris?

Lee Clark

It would be nice to get 10.1

Posted via CB10


Here in the USA good olé AT&T hasn't released 10.1 yet. C'mon AT&T catch up!


I'm all the way in Africa Namibia to be specific, my operator pushed out 10.1 update 2 hours after BlackBerry Live, ur carriers shouldn't have any excuses...


Yea in South Africa we had 10.1 a day after it was announced.

The USA is far behind its laughable


I thought US carriers were waiting on the Q10 before they released the 10.1 update, but now that they're pretty much available what the he'll is the hold up?

Posted via CB10


Can't wait for the A10. I now know what I'm getting for xmas this year.

Posted via CB10 on a Q10 or a Z10, either way it's golden.


BlackBerry needs to take the power to upgrade away from the carriers. It was my understanding that BB10 would allow carriers to only have a say in upgrades that affect things like the cellular radio stack, and all other upgrades could come straight from BlackBerry. What happened to that...?


I don't know who ever started that rumour but I don't ever recall anyone from BB saying that. It obviously wasn't true.


No it is true, the OS is modular so they can update everything but the radio stack if they want. Seems the Carriers don't like that idea.

On the upside, it has helped the hybrid guys because they are able to grab leaks & then pull in various parts/modules to create their builds. There are some restrictions of course, sometimes big build jumps require new radio stacks ect.


Woops, that was meant for the A10 post. My bad. I also cannot wait for 10.2.

Posted via CB10 on a Q10 or a Z10, either way it's golden.


Still waiting for 10.1 why u us BlackBerry loyal people get the short end.

Posted via CB10


Because this is currently their worst market and becoming even worse.

Posted via CB10


They makeing it really easy to walk away and it's said. Just like the playbook and the z10 like I really can't understand who made dat up grade my playbook is waste now

Posted via CB10

Kris Simundson

BlackBerry isn't responsible for your carriers delaying 10.1

Posted via CB10


We know, but still an update would be nice e since I'm sure that BlackBerry is in constant communication with our carriers.

Posted via CB10



With any luck, Verizon will have this pushed out by Q3 of 2015.

Jaysent Garcia

Great! 10.2

Posted via CB10


finally bbm revamped best news ever cant waitt

Posted via CB10

Jaysent Garcia

I wish no more os lag

Posted via CB10


Why do have to wait on the carrier to update the OS. BlackBerry should push it direct the way Apple does.

Posted via CB10


We see this news about new features in 10.2. Sorry but I don't give a damn since I still don't have a 10.1
Apple pushes OS updates directly why can't BlackBerry

Posted via CB10


The one thing that's unique about ios is the total lack of carrier bloatware, which is somewhat responsible for update delays.


Is it me, or do those screen shots look bigger than usual?

Posted via CB10 using my flick-ity keyboard :D.


Sooner the better, but no mad rush :) happy with 10.1

Posted via CB10


I want 10.1:(

Posted via CB10

Solar 77

And it just keeps getting better, looking forward to this.

Posted via CB10


Hi, my name is Ron and I'm a recovering Craberryaholic... show some official OS Love somebody.


God!!!! you're already talking about 10.2 with screenshots and all... and i have not 10.1 yet!
i freaking hate this carrier dependent updates.. i'm not happy at all (but i definitely love mu Z10)

I'm sure that if the updates where global BlackBerry will go higher!

El Platanero

Can people stop complaining about carriers and just do the leaks? I'm with at&t and am no longer waiting for them so I can have BlackBerry goodness. Love the updates. Can't wait for 10.2 leak.

Posted via CB10


This could not have been said any better

Posted via CB10

Nahar Adel

Hope its true and i really hope they upgrade the maps for north africa (Egypt)

Posted via CB10


didn't Maps just get an update 2 days ago? (not sure what maps ect. were being updated though)


I hope they finally fix the horrendous layout of the pictures and videos with this update.

Posted via CB10


I think with the new update rolling out soon for 10.2, they should add the ability to view the home screen, and active tiles in landscape mode. Also add in more customization for notification like os6/ os7 had. And let's not forget some more native (pre-installed) notification sounds. I think these 3 would make bb10 even more awesome!!

Posted via CB10


Where's my damned 10.1 for the Verizon z10


I wish the bbm display picture have more option and can fit bigger photos (like the zoom in and zoom out in older )

Posted via CB10


Any news of activity icon as with legacy devices?

Any native data traffic monitor?

We getting charged upto $ 0.20/mb of data!

Posted via CB10


Any 10.2 leak possibility?


I'm running the hybrid thanks to Kris and DarcyTallGuy and it is a smoking hot build. Loving it so far.

Love BB and this forum only makes it better

Posted via CB10


Dark theme on the z10 please!

Posted via CB10


When will they include PB style, swipe bezels left to right to shift to next previous applications?



kate omoha

I wish BlackBerry will work on the Facebook more cos I don't understand why the BlackBerry z10 don't have share

Posted via CB10


It has share. All you do is swipe to the right or long press what you want to share and you can share it!


Hopefully volumes can be adjusted for all in Notifications!! I hate that all profiles have to be the same!

kate omoha

I don't mind the 10.1 ASAP and skype

Posted via CB10


Yeah and apparently I can't get SoundHound until after I update.

Posted via CB10

Jamez Avila

LOL we can't even get 10.1 officially released in the US so we should expect 10.2 in like 2015??!!

Posted via CB10


well technically, as the Q10 was released in the USA yesterday, 10.1 is released in the US...just not for the Z10 ;)

....also, I bet the vs of 10.1 on those American Q10's is an older 10.1 build lol


god bless america.

Regards Sent from Canada


I haven't read any of the previous comments. I would like BlackBerry to move as quickly as possible to implement screen sharing for BBM cross platform. Smart phone users already have the features BBM is proposing. If there is no added functionality then there is no real reason to switch from their favorite messaging client.

Posted via BlackBerry Z10


Wifi Direct and Miracast are the features I'm looking forward to.

Posted via CB10


The incessant whining is pretty annoying.


Awww, I'm going to miss the blue loading circle. lol


Sure, rub it in...we're still waiting for some 10.1 love!

Posted via CB10


Incessant whining? Most people here including myself are just talking about what we would like to see. For me, it's mostly about wanting to make a good product even better. There is no place for complacency given the competitive position BlackBerry is in. I want the company to succeed, that's party why I just bought a z10

Posted via BlackBerry Z10


Bravo BlackBerry...still in love with my Z10.

Posted via CB10


Yeah let's get 10.1 first!.. ridiculous it hasn't come out yet officially for the Z10!...

10.2 looks cool though! BB10 is getting better and better! It's crazy how solid this OS is so far and it's so brand new! Can't wait see what the future holds!..


I like the blue circle too. I wish that wouldn't be changed.

Posted via CB10


Yahhhhh multiple alarms!!!


how is this considered a large enough update to go from 10.1 to 10.2? great i have multiple alarms. i like that. but new loading display? why would anyone care about this? let my phone turn off and then have the alarms wake the phone up when requested. let apps run in the background like they did on legacy software.

I dont understand why they are working at these points that are nothing but superficial. i love my z10, but they are focusing their efforts in the wrong places.

Kris Simundson

Android 4.2.2, WiFi Direct, Miracast, plus tons more in the 10.2 update. I just have a very early 10.2 build.


In UAE Etisalat released the 10.1 update a month ago nearly. Probably in the US they don't care much for BB, they are too pro ios and android.

Posted via CB10


Didn't really see any UI improvements besides the new spinning wheel...

graham bowers

I'm hoping it releases when BBM goes cross platform

Posted via CB10

Moneeb Qureshi

I'm on tmobile and my software says that mean I'm running 10.1?!

Posted via CB10

world traveler and former ceo

... should be 10.1.

Posted via CB10


Not just the US, three in the UK are still 'testing ' apparently, no fixed date still *sigh*

Posted via CB10


Any chance that group email functionality is supported? It is a real pain having to input 20+ email addresses every time I need to send an email to my team.


My 10.1 has been pretty buggy.

Posted via CB10


For all the excuses, BlackBerry had the reputation of over promising and under delivering. Making a big deal over 10.2 when 10.1 is not out just reinforces that reputation. It us a month since 10.1 was announced and in the US it us still just vaporware. Love BlackBerry but wish they would stop giving fuel to the critics.

Posted via CB10


BlackBerry has made 10.1 available however the carriers have yet to finish "Testing ". Starting to think phone carriers in the US are working with one or all of the big 3 to facilitate the demise of BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10


Verizon must be in that boat. Asked about the Q10 and when they would have them in stock and the salesman said there is no more keyboards on Blackberry's. Wow. Really informed about phones.


My Verizon had the Z10 up front. Had moved the display from the back side when I bought my at launch. The rep was fascinated by my Dbrand skin that I had. I said it was to cover up the ugly Verizon logo. We both laughed. He was knowledgeable about the Z10 and the Q10. This was Saturday and I am headed back tomorrow to see the Q10 in white. Oddly same city different Verizon store had nothing Blackberry. Not even a Bold or Curve. So it is still a garblef#$!. Hit or miss.

Winston Loh

Cool...looking forward.....the excitement grows...


Good to know that 10.2 OS is coming soon

Posted via CB10


Landscape most on the home screen would sure be handy.....

Sent from the future on my Z10.


I'm on 10.1, current BBM channel icon is better than 10.2 which looks like a tails of a devil.

Posted via CB10


Agreed. I can see why they are working on the icon as it's not the best, but the 10.2 icon is worse.


The channels logo needs to go back to tomoes or what it is in beta.New logo is garbage.The new load sign is also wtf man atleast have a blackberry sign spin around.Or better using the loader we have when we boot the phone.


I seriously hope we can make "groups" on our phones!!! How could something so simple be left out?

Allen Sutedja

how bout holster settings?


For once UK is going to be the first for updates again... then rest of the world...

Sent by Bbry Z10


When are we goin 2 get the leak cos 2354 is the biggest piece of sh*t yet

Posted via CB10


2354? isn't that a leak? You can't install a leak on your phone & then complain about bugs ect.

btw I believe the Q10 leaks are now in the 4xxx range....not sure what the latest Z10 is. I believe it's still in the 2xxx range though.

Kris Simundson

Z10 is at a mash up of 4285 and 2354

Posted via CB10


I thought that mashup had one big fatal can't make/receive phone calls with it due to no 4xxxx radio stack. Have you found one now?


When will people understand that leaks are a way that Blackberry is able to get upgrades into the hands of people despite the best efforts of US carriers to delay upgrades as long as possible. Hopefully a time will come when Blackberry will not have to depend on continuing carrier crap.


still no FB active frame & no sign of dark theme


Ummm all I really saw was the icon change lol

Sent from the Amazing Z10


Android Runtime Version?


When I had my s3 it took a year to get jelly bean. BB ftw!

Posted via CB10


The BBM Channels logo is rather fugly.

National Rail Times App for BB10 (Q10 and Z10) -


Nice to see that the OS updates are coming think and fast unlike some other platforms. In addition to bug fixes, they seem to be adding new features as well. Which is good.

National Rail Times App for BB10 (Q10 and Z10) -


Still waiting for an update that will allow me to group contacts :'( ... BlackBerry is a business phone after all, right?

Posted via CB10


After the new Iphones are released we will get the update. In the mean time they can say that these apps don't work on Blackberry's and only on Apple and Android to push for more sales for them cause there is a bigger mark up in prices for them.


Will the 10.1 have wi-fi calling? Whenever it comes to Tmob USA...

Posted via CB10


video or screenshot of emojis?

gabriel omogra

hi, i'm in nigeria, my device is still saying up to date software and i'm operating an older version. so please let the 10.1 be available for us also


I can't be the only one who thinks the elective mix of 2D and 3D elements are ugly, right? BB10 would benefit a lot from better UI design. The underlying OS is fine, but the visual elements are a distasteful mix and match of 2D and 3D that doesn't work very well.


I don't even have 10.1 yet from Verizon. Just got done talking to a Verizon rep & they blamed Blackberry itself for not releasing. He said that the release would come directly from Blackberry, SMH. I don't think the rep knows what he's talking about.