Updated May 25, 2018 09:24:16 Text messages sent by your BlackBerry 10 smartphone will not show up in the Messages app in the first couple of days after the BlackBerry 10 operating system launch, a Canadian government-appointed task force has concluded.
The task force, led by Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills, said it found no evidence that the new BlackBerry 10 app would cause a change in BlackBerry 10 users’ behaviour, including using the smartphone to send text messages.
The app will also not show notifications from other BlackBerry 10 devices, which could potentially affect people who use other BlackBerry smartphones, the task force said.
The group also said it did not find evidence that BlackBerry 10 did not comply with Ontario’s data protection laws.
“There’s no evidence of any BlackBerry 10 customers who were impacted by the launch being unable to use their smartphone to contact family, friends, and loved ones or to report a crime or a security breach,” said Mary Ann Smith, chair of the task group.
She said the group found no instances where BlackBerry 10 was misused, either by the company or by users.
“As with any new technology, there are potential risks,” Smith said in a news release.
“We urge consumers to remain vigilant in using their BlackBerry 10 phones and continue to monitor the latest security updates and other information on BlackBerry 10 to ensure their safety and privacy.”
BlackBerry has been plagued by security problems since it was first launched in April 2014, which prompted the company to create a new operating system called BlackBerry 10.
Its latest operating system is aimed at consumers looking to upgrade their phones, while a separate operating system for employees is also in the works.
BlackBerry 10 is available to consumers through the BlackBerry Hub app, which can be downloaded on Apple, Google and Windows phones.
Users can access the BlackBerry Messenger app on the BlackBerry smartphone for free for 30 days after it launches.