I welcomed the recent BlackBerry 10.3.1.1779 update with some anticipation, partly because I was looking forward to a fix for the screen flickering that started on my Passport with the earlier version 10.3.1 update. While, it seems that the flickering has indeed been fixed, there are other issues that the update has triggered. Here are the
two three that I have observed on my own device:
- the hotspot function on my Passport is now comatose. No matter how much I try, it doesn’t come on until I have restarted my device. The next time I need to use it again, I have to restart the phone again. I use my hotspot frequently on a daily basis, so this is a big blow right now.
- My battery now drains faster. For example, I went to bed last night with battery at 70% and woke up this morning to find the battery nearly empty and the battery icon blinking red. The Passport has had incredible battery life before now. There was no way it could ever have drained of power like this in idle mode.
- A third issue, which is tied to the battery drain actually, is that my Passport now warms up significantly even when idle. Sigh.
Meanwhile, many other BlackBerry 10 users are complaining of tons of different issues with this 10.3.1.1779 update. Too many issues. The comments on this post are replete with complaints too. If you are yet to update your BB10 to this version, I advise you to hold off for now. Wait till there is a newer version available.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.