BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 Release Set for January 2015, Older Smartphones to Get it
A while back we were talking about the upcoming software release of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1, and rumors were circulating that it was set for a November release. While November hasn’t come to an end yet, we’re hearing news that it won’t launch this year.
According to N4BB.com publication, BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is going to be officially released in January, 2015. The website has been accurate in the past with other leaks, and this time it is citing BlackBerry’s global roadmap as the source for its intel.
At the moment, the new BlackBerry Passport is the only smarphone available with the new BlackBerryOS 10.3, but it seems that with the release of BlackBerryOS 10.3.1, it will be brought to some older models, as well.
The BlackBerryOS 10.3.1 update would take place around the release of the upcoming BlackBerry Classic, pre-orders for which have already started. Thus, the device could be here even earlier than the end of this year, but N4BB insists that the newest BlackBerry OS software version will only be available at the beginning of 2015.
The publication goes on to say that technical acceptance of OS 10.3.1 will begin by mid-December 2014. Previous devices like the BlackBerry Z3, Z10, Z30, Q10, and Q5 are said to get the new software version by January 2015.
If this will indeed become reality, then BlackBerry will have understood a very important lesson – old devices love new software. The faster you bring the latest software version to old products from your portfolio, the happier they will be.
The newest operating system version brings a lot of innovative features that will prove to be really useful, even on older hardware. And if the Canadian company will continue with this strategy, then I think it’s going to be a step in the right direction.