The Black Berry smartphone range has been in desperate need of a reboot for a while as the likes of i OS 6, Android Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8 have outstripped the extremely outdated BB OS7 platform.
Whereas the other systems have witnessed incremental upgrades, BB 10 is a totally new offering – the BB OS7 base has been completely scrapped and the new platform rebuilt from the ground up.
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Thankfully, just as in the past, you can still do so on Black Berry 10.
With older BBOS devices there was a high chance of "nuking" a device for any number of reasons - bad apps, botched restore, bad software, crappy OS leaks ... On Black Berry 10 there is really no chance at all that you'll ever need to reload the OS unless you run across a bad leaked OS or happen to stop a security wipe prematurely.
For both the Black Berry Z10 and Black Berry Q10 you can restore the OS to stock when you run into any of these issues.
We've explored the new version of the operating system and have updated our Black Berry 10 review accordingly - you lucky, lucky people.
BB10 sees the implementation of a whole new user interface, doing away with the familiar Black Berry system we're all used to in favour of something that resembles the likes of Android and i OS, although with its own unique features thrown in for good measure.
Black Berry 10 has merged homescreens, widgets, app lists and a unified inbox into one slick interface, offering up an easy-to-navigate user experience.
For a limited time, when you update from Black Berry 7.0 to Black Berry 7.1 OS, you’ll get access to download select premium apps for free*.
On top of that, you’ll find new built-in features in Black Berry 7.1 that are not in Black Berry 7.0 OS including: Mobile Hotspot, FM radio, Black Berry Tag and Wi Fi calling**. And check out these tips for updating from my friend Ty over at the Inside Black Berry Help blog.
With the DTEK series of Android smartphones, you don’t have to worry about this happening to you.