BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 included anti-theft protection that prevented downgrading of the OS. This is also present in 10.3.3, which means that you won’t be able to downgrade to 10.3.2 after installing a 10.3.3 autoloader. Your device will remain on the limited 10.3.3 beta until the gold release of 10.3.3.
BlackBerry 10 users rejoice! After months of waiting (im)patiently, the first signs of the imminent official release of 10.3.3 are beginning to appear. BlackBerry’s developer site is now offering downloads of a beta version of BlackBerry 10.3.3 (10.3.3.498, for those interested), in the form of autoloaders.
Before you rush over to the site and start downloading, there are a few caveats you should be aware of:
First, as this is beta software, it is not fully functional. Once installed it will display your BlackBerry’s PIN onscreen as a watermark. Obviously this can be seen as a security issue as it will appear on every screenshot taken on your BlackBerry.
Secondly, some users are reporting issues with the SD card drivers failing to load (which effectively removes access to any MicroSD card you may have in your BlackBerry).
If despite these warnings you choose to go ahead and download one of the beta autoloaders, be aware that you do so at YOUR OWN RISK. Neither BlackBerry or UTB are responsible for any damage caused by the installation of this software (which may include “bricking” your device or otherwise rendering it inoperable).
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
10.3.3 Autoloaders are available for Z10, Z30, Q10, Leap, Classic, Passport and Dev Alpha C from the BlackBerry developer site.
If you decide to go ahead and try one of the autoloaders, let us know how you got on in the Comments section below!