The latest version 10.2.1 update enables the existing BlackBerry 10 devices with some new features such as lock screen notifications, picture password, offline reading mode and group messages over email or SMS.

According to a report, BlackBerry will extend the update to all BlackBerry 10 devices around the globe but it will be a subject to carrier approvals.

The latest software update has reportedly begun in India that will activate the FM hardware already present in BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5 handsets.

Other features in the update are customizable quick settings menu, optional automatic software updates, device and battery monitor.

BlackBerry slashes Q5 price by 20 percent to Rs 19,990

BlackBerry slashed the price of Q5 smartphone by 20 percent to Rs 19,990 to boost sales of devices powered by its latest operating system BB-10.
The device with a QWERTY keypad was earlier priced at Rs 24,990.

Keeping up with the festive spirit, BlackBerry on Monday introduced a New Year Bonanza offer for its popular BlackBerry Q5 smartphone under which customers can purchase BlackBerry Q5 smartphone at Rs 19,990, the smartphone maker said in a statement.

The offer is in line with BlackBerry's commitment towards the Indian market and will help the brand to reach out to more potential customers, he added.

The Canadian firm has been facing stiff competition from other smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung as sales have declined over the past few months globally.

In India, BlackBerry had reduced the price of its Q10 handset by over 13 per cent to Rs 38,990 under a similar offer last month (valid till January 26), while in September it cut the price of its Z10 smartphone by 31 per cent to Rs 29,990.

It also ran an offer for free and discounted apps for its BB10 operating system-run devices -- Q5, Q10, Z10 and Z30 in India.

In India, the four BB10-powered devices are priced between Rs 22,000 and Rs 44,000.

(JPN/Agencies)