'Easy password' coming to BlackBerry 10 with OS 10.1 MR

By Adam Zeis on 21 Jun 2013 11:13 am EDT
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Another fun feature off my want list is heading to BlackBerry 10 with the 10.1 MR in a few weeks. I've always been a fan of keeping my BlackBerry locked and secure with a password, but on my Z10 I threw my old ways to the curb since it was more than a chore to enter a password to unlock my device. As luck would have it however, an "easy password" feature is heading to BlackBerry 10.1 according to BlackBerry Product Manager Michael Clewly's BBM Channel (C00014277).

While there aren't too many details given about the specifics, the feature appears to be a simple PIN lock that would be much easier to perform on the Z10 as opposed to typing out a longer password on the virtual keyboard. 

I'm all for keeping a device locked down tight, but for some using an easy password/PIN to lock their device is better than nothing - and certainly makes for quicker access on the fly. A welcome addition in my book!

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90 comments

polytan02

That is missing.
Waiting for the next 10.1 update then ! :)

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AlwaysSmile

What's 10.1 MR?

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zolt11

Maintenance Release

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thedustytaco

Maintenance Release

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MasterOfBinary

Lol might as well join in.

Maintenance release.

djraz_official

monkey rump :D. Had to be different

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AlwaysSmile

Thanks all, who exactly is getting the MR releases?

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travaz

Wow busy news day Next is 10.1 for VZW!

sreidenb

I have a feeling we will be waiting for a while. Butcher I hope I am wrong.

sreidenb

Wow nice typo. "But I"

BruvvaPete

Lol. That's funny. I hate when that happens.

Flip4Bytes

Now hopefully this accounts for a replacement when in Developer Mode and unlocking my device. I always keep developer mode on because I'm randomly developing throughout the day, so hopefully I can have "easy pin" unlock the device, and use that password for developer mode too, or something like that.

r0v3rT3N

Wow, I bet someone pretty awesome posted this on the forums. ;)

BruvvaPete

Thank you, but it wasn't me.

thedustytaco

that was me, yup thnx guys all credits to "thedustytaco" of Crackberry!!!

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Whyareallthegoodnamestaken

I've been calling for this feature myself too. I'm not trying to keep my phone data from governments or competitors. I just need something that will keep it secure long enough for me to find it using Protect and report it to the police and/or remotely wipe it. A simple PIN will do that fine and is much more convenient to use because of the larger virtual buttons on a purely numeric keypad.

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steve911

Can't wait for this!!

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Cesare21

From the screenshot it looks like it is available for BES devices only??

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Cesare21

Or am I wrong in this assumption??

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r0v3rT3N

I HIGHLY doubt Clewley would post something to the general public, and when it comes it is only available for BES enabled devices...

kevinnugent

We're talking about the same Michael Clewley, right?

shripal_modi

Much needed. Thank you

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DWPGQ

Sure hope it's for everybody. Having said that, I am on BES10, so bring it on!

BTW phone has been amazing on BES!

Rockin a New Z10

Dylanmichael603

We need this.

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Jonnn21

What about the other unlock options like android?

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Jerry112

That would be nice. It is also numeric code, just with different input interface.

jordandrews90

I'll definitely use this, the current way is way to much of a pain I don't bother.

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BigRob673

I miss pattern lock.

Rocking my Z10

Obi_El

Yeah me too :(, I have too many passwords now for different accounts.

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csubi

Finally!!!!!!! Thank You RIM

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ndogg1

All I can say is finally! I have to use a password due to a work email and I get the password more often than not! This will be a blessing!

From the mind of a MaNiAc

MozThaGreat

Love this feature, never understood why this never made it on legacy OSs.

Prince Radebe

Will it be carrier depended like the rest of the updates?

mermonster

Thank god for this feature.

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Bacon Munchers

I received 10.1.0.2014 on Telus a couple days ago (64mB), but don't see it(?)

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r0v3rT3N

That isn't the same update.

djraz_official

Odd my update shows 10.1.0.1720 and that was updated a few days ago again on the TELUS network. :/.

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deltact

Good feature for the masses, but I'll stick with the password because I'm security paranoid.

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mphillips828

Hopefully this MR release is coming soon! Couple weeks I hope! :) a leak tonight would be amazing!

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just_luc

Good news indeed! Still hoping for pattern lock though!

Vinnnnny

Awesome. Definitely going to use this.

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Marauder2

Is an MR before 10.2?

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Jeandry Brito

Off course, the 10.2 isn't going to be available for the next minimum 2 month.

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Smartie020

Very cool. This will make accessing the phone much easier. Thank you for listing to your costumers BlackBerry :)

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djraz_official

Don't see what the issue is with the current lock. You can set it however u want. This feature to me, personally makes no sense. My lock is more than 6 characters long nd that's what I like. Easy for me. Hard for crooks ;). Why do I need anything else? So if someone could be kind enough to explain what the reasons for this are I would most sincerely appreciate it. Clearly I am missing something here

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Marauder2

Some people, like myself, prefer small passwords with mostly numbers like a pin. But with the current password keyboard it's tedious to punch in the numbers

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xamdam

I use a 4 pin password all numbers since day one feb 2013?

Not sure why others can't

You don't need to use a huge long password letters or numbers if ya not what too.

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bob_tn

There is a 10.1 MR coming and VZW hasn't even popped out an official 10.1 yet. Now they'll have another excuse for the delay???

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Jeandry Brito

If am not mistaken, VZW already pushed the 10.1 OS..

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thatplaybookguy

I want a voice recognition password that will analyze your voice and match that perfectly so that only you can open it.

Jeandry Brito

That would be great!!, galaxy S4 has it.

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BBPandy

Yea it's a cool feature, except it's easy to trick

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TomCam2710

Small but cool feature !

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VR6

ugh...why don't they fix the things missing/broken instead of adding features like this?

this move will make BB's less secure

axe50

How so? Still more secure than a device without a password.

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bobshine

Maintenance release... Hmmm why call it that way? is BlackBerry gonna start pushing out "maintenance releases" directly to users ?

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MrJohnyBoy

Still what finger gesture to unlock! And why not? As the Z10 is finger gesture for everything else, I say it would go hand in hand with the bb10 os!

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doxa sub750T

Hope it comes with WiFi calling feature for us TMO user...

Cheers

FrankZ10

Finally,.... one ask down a few to go.

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SapphireEcstasy

Just make a damn pattern lock native dammit

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clmazda

Finally!

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Supa_Fly1

Common Adam ... you write "keeping my BlackBerry locked and secure" and yet you choose not to use a complex or non easy password?! Now you're getting lazy, lol.

I think this will be a trend for almost everything the requires a password (direct Bank account or Credit card account access - especially when NFC payments becomes the norm, those will be forgotten too easily if we don't get the practice in now).

southlander

Don't get it. Right now I am using a PIN password on my Z10. Four numeric digits. How does Easy Password make that any simpler?

Deena Freed

For me to enter my password, the whole keyboard with tiny letters comes up. A large display like the phone dial pad would be much easier, and this sounds like that.

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lotuslanderz

Definitely hope this is the case. I have a 5 digit password / pin and I'm constantly punching the incorrect numbers.

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southlander

Yeah. Realized that after my post when looking at the graphic. So instead of the regular full keyboard it will enable a numeric only one with large easy to press keys. I like that idea. A lot.

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DJRikko

Nice! About time.

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JamesPtheNerd

So long as this can can be enforced in Balance.

Djlatino

They better center that shit.

gofast81

This is awesome! One feature I miss from my lumia. The only feature actually

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Keith Hooker1

I also miss the way the Lumia would read text messages to me over Bluetooth (and allow me to speak a reply).

dcbo89

Yes, yes and yes.

But what is 10.1 MR?

Gees97

Wow impressive

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vkberry

If there is a MR, i have a high priority request to Kevin, while downloading attachments in mail, sometimes midway you realise that you don't need them or they are too slow to continue on cellular, then there is no way one can pause or cancel the download.. i face this so many times, also while uploading attachments there is no progress indicator :(

Kevin, could you please please get these requests up to pace for the dev team.

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dbsCabral

I need that!!

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jic999

we need a very efficient PIN locking feature to lock folders eg lock picture and video folders , lock app folders on your desk top. eg if I have a desktop App folder made up of banking Apps I want to lock that folder. There are not very efficient apps that do this. Hide pictures works ok thats about it.

Deena Freed

MR is maintenance release.. so 10.1 . something.

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the_real_mikeyb

Finally!!!

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StoicEngineer

What am I missing? Is it the number of digits in the password (6) vs a PIN (4)?

If I want a short PIN: say 1234, but was restricted by the need for a password (6 digits), I'd enter "werswe" corresponding to "123412". Why won't that work?

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Henraay0623

Just come with 10.2 so we can get the update in one package. You'll probably kill US customers.

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Louis Belshaw1

AMAZING!! I was just bitching about this the other day because my gf can unlock in a really cool way on her Samsung, and it's very easy too, just swiping along loads of circles in a pattern..

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sklotz2000

This will be nice!

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PrettiiBadOne419

this should have been in from the start..... BUT i think Blackberry is definitely lacking and trying to "skate by" without making a quick and easy yet creative gesture unlocking method for Blackberry10. I think they need to put some more or new minds together.

jpvj

Hi all,

I am working as a System Integrator and talks to both BlackBerry and some carriers.
Last week we did test "10.1 Maintenence Release" for the STL 100-2 (LTE version / Liverpool). This was build 10.1.0.2354.

/JP

Omnitech

Hmm, if .2354 is the Maintenance Release, then a bunch of people have it already, including official releases from various European carriers.

jpvj

Yes - that's correct.

Actually they said "they had released an updated MR for the Liverpool".

So it does not exclude the possibility for another update.

My gues is that all ressources are allocated to 10.2 and we all just have to use either a leak or whatever version our carriers seems to approve and release for OTA install.