BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 is officially upon us — and that means loads of new features. There are minor tweaks and fixes all over as well as big improvements like Wi-Fi Direct, FM Radio, Picture Password, homescreen speed dials and much, much more, including support for the direct installation of Android apps (.apk files) directly onto the device.

As of now there is no on-device walkthrough telling you of everything that's new after you do the update, so if you don't want to miss any new features you'll want to read about them so you don't miss out. Luckily, we have you covered.

Check out the list below for the list of what's new in BlackBerry 10.2.1. We've tracked down all of the updates that we could find and listed them here. Keep in mind there may be a few more here and there, but these are all of the major ones for this update. And be sure to hit up our master BlackBerry 10 change log for a full look of how things have changed since we first reviewed BlackBerry 10.

  • Remote search of emails older than 60 days
  • Bluetooth Sharing through Android Runtime
  • Video Call has the new call screen 
  • FM Radio (Only Q10, Q5, Z30.. Z10 does not support this)
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Miracast
  • Share Screen
  • Direct Install of APK Files on device through File Manager or Browser
  • Media Volume displays at top of screen
  • New incoming call screen 
  • Update to Device Monitor app
  • Update to Data Monitor app
  • Clock App includes Accuweather information
  • Flashlight app added (can be accessed from Quick Settings)
  • Ability to arrange accounts in the Hub
  • Pinch gesture in the Hub for quick access to specified messages
  • Changes to battery icon
  • Changes to charging icon
  • Battery shows percentage in peek view
  • Updates to native weather app
  • New Quick Settings functionality for dropdown menu
  • Updates to Media Player
  • Added Picture Password 
  • Speed Dial from homescreen (Q10)
  • Added Contact Groups
  • Custom contact profiles for email, SMS, BBM and phone calls
  • Delete options from Hub (device and/or server)
  • Airplane-Mode automatically turned on in Bedside Mode 
  • Lockscreen previews open directly to application
  • New native wallpapers added
  • Next email toggle inside email messages
  • Updated Twitter app
  • BBM adds vibrate on ping and new emoticons
  • White balance adjuster in display settings
  • IBM notes traveler in accounts settings
  • Wolfram Alpha commands
  • Dropdown Menu now includes:
    • Flashlight App Button (new app to 10.2.1.xxxx)
    • Brightness Adjustment
    • Location Toggle Switch
    • Device Monitor App Button (new app to 10.2.1.xxxx)
    • Tethering Toggle Switch
    • Hotspot Toggle Switch
    • NFC Toggle Switch
    • Flight mode Toggle Switch (airplane mode)


Yes, that's quite a lot in 10.2.1. And if you're on a carrier that never even released 10.2.0 and are going straight to 10.2.1, there's even more (see change log link below). If you spot anything else that we haven't listed here, be sure to hit up the comments and let us know. Be sure to spread the word, and tell all of your BlackBerry 10 - using friends to get their updates on now!

View the BlackBerry 10 Master Change Log