Well, there you have it, folks – the headline says it all. We had been informed (by a number of reliable sources close to BlackBerry) that BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 was scheduled for general release today (and we weren’t the only ones reporting it), but obviously, this didn’t happen.
This wasn’t an “unsubstantiated exclusive”, as it has been called elsewhere on the Internet – as mentioned above, we had heard from more than one source that the release was due today, and we made the decision to share the information we had gathered. We would like to take this opportunity to make it clear that this was in no way BlackBerry’s fault, as many people on various social media channels have claimed.
Rather than ignore our responsibility here at UTB – to the truth – we felt it better to admit our mistake.
We Got It Wrong. And We’re Sorry.
Although 10.3.1.2072 is available from today for Classic devices from Rogers Canada, this hardly constitutes a “general” release. The same OS versions for each BlackBerry 10 device were moved to the Production Server (the server from which Over-The-Air OS downloads are sent), but they do not yet appear to have been made public.
As things stand, it does seem that 10.3.1 will be released in early February – whether the release will be carrier-independent, and which particular OS version will be released remains to be seen.
We apologise for getting your hopes up. We’re just as eager to get hands on this OS as all of you are – we’ll keep you updated as and when things develop.