BlackBerry Is Releasing BB 10.1 Today With HDR Support, Improved Hub, Keyboard Shortcuts

Today at BlackBerry Live, CEO Thorsten Heins announced the availability of BB 10.1 for the Z10. This first major update to BlackBerry’s next-gen mobile platform starts rolling out today and packs a moderate amount of updates.

“By the end of this week, the vast majority of our international carriers will offer this update,” Heins detailed. “US carriers will offer it by the end of the month.”

This version brings more classic BlackBerry features to BB 10. Phone contacts can now feature personalized notifications with custom ringtones, vibrations, and LED flashes. Further customization is available with custom notifications for different email accounts.

HDR support should improve the Z10’s lackluster camera performance. The software also updates the camera software with improved red eye reduction.

The update also supercharges the BlackBerry Hub. Everything should be more fluid and seemless as the Hub can send PIN to Pin messages and offer contact suggestions.

International carriers should get the update by the end of the week with availability on US carriers by the end of May 2013. Look for the update here or through the Z10’s software update section.