In addition to the BlackBerry Live keynote speech, developers have been treated to another keynote speech by VP Developer Relations Alec Saunders which focuses on the upcoming features features for the development side of BlackBerry 10.  While the latest update for BlackBerry Z10 brings the version number to 10.1, the features for OS 10.2 is set to bring more features later on in June.

Headless apps

Headless apps will be able to run in the background or be triggered instead of showing up and running as a pane.

USB Host Capability

This should allow you to connect usb sticks to BlackBerry devices and transfer files.

WiFi Direct and Miracast

This will allow Wi-Fi connectivity directly between devices instead of going through a router.  This will essentially act like Bluetooth, but use the Wi-Fi radio for faster transfer speeds. Miracast will use Wi-Fi Direct for high bandwidth transmission of video to an external display.

Flurry Analytics

BlackBerry will support the analytics solution called Flurry which can help developers understand their customers better and create better apps via analytics solutions.

Smart cards

Smart card support will allow BlackBerry 10 devices to act as access cards to physical buildings/rooms via NFC.


The altimeter would allow developers to make apps that can use altitude information.  This is either access to an existing barometer in the Z10, or simply a way to obtain altitude information from a GPS location.


Geofencing on BlackBerry smartphones will allow developers the ability to create apps which work or respond depending on a precise area you’re in.  This can be useful for securing smartphones for business within a complex, or an application for notifying whether your child leaves a certain virtual area.

Android Jelly Bean Support

Along with OS 10.2, BlackBerry should be rolling out support for Android Jelly Bean Apps.  This should bring in many new high-quality Android apps that are designed for the latest Android smartphones.

WIth all these announcements, BlackBerry 10.2 should be a solid upgrade to existing BlackBerry 10 devices.  There are likely be tons of new features as well I haven’t mentioned here as well.  What else would you like to see in the next OS update? Let us know in the comments section below!