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Active Peak brings some BlackBerry 10 flavor to Android

Although plenty of folks have made the jump from BlackBerry 10 to BlackBerry's Android offerings such as Priv, DTEK50, DTEK60 and now KEYone, there are still plenty of folks out who have things about BlackBerry 10 that they love and would love to see BlackBerry bring to Android. One thing at the top of that list has consistently been the Active Frame styling as well as the swipe right for Hub gesture and a new app now available in the Google Play Store called Active Peak, makes a notable effort to replicate both.

Active Peak enhances you user experience with its own recent app screen, inspired by BlackBerry 10. It provides you with large tiles, simplified functionality, and easy gesture navigation, always keeping your most relevant apps at your fingertips.

Sounds great, but what does it do exactly? Well, Active Peak, when running, offers you a grid layout of the four most recent apps you have running providing you with an Active Frame UI, though not quite as advanced in the fact the frames don't offer any previews of the app running or update with new information. Additionally, Active Peak integrates configurable left and right swiping to navigate from your recent app. Want to swipe right or left and jump right into BlackBerry Hub? Active Peak allows for you to do that.

Active Peak comes to us from the folks at Studio014 and is available right now on the Google Play Store for $0.99. It's an interesting app that is off to a great start and offers some features that many have been asking for, but right now, it's also rather limited in functionality. Still, for only $0.99 it's worth keeping an eye on and seeing where Studio014 takes it or just buying it right now to encourage additional future support because with more time and possibly better implementation, Active Peak could great.

Learn more / Purchase Active Peak from the Google Play Store

How to reload the OS on your BlackBerry KEYone

How to reload the OS on your BlackBerry KEYone

Just as with the BlackBerry Priv, DTEK50, and DTEK60, BlackBerry has now provided the autoloader files for the BlackBerry KEYone should you run into any situations that require a reloading of your OS. Take a look at our full run down of how to reinstall the OS on your BlackBerry KEYone. It's all relatively easy, but do keep in mind you will need to have a Windows or Mac computer to complete the process plus, reinstalling the OS will indeed erase all local data.

BlackBerry hosting ransomware preparedness webinar on May 25

With the WannaCry ransomware attack still dominating headlines, BlackBerry has been dedicating a lot of time to advising folks how they can protect themselves from it and other ransomware. In fact, the Inside BlackBerry Blog recently posted an article titled 'How to Protect Yourself from WannaCry and Other Ransomware' that takes a closer look but going one step further, but as part of BlackBerry's Cybersecurity Services, they will be hosting a webinar on May 25 to discuss ransomware preparedness and how BlackBerry can help in these particular situations.

Every BlackBerry Priv and KEYone owner should check out Keyboard Browser!

Keyboard Browser for Android allows you to enjoy the benefits of a physical keyboard for your internet browsing.

While there is certainly no shortage of browsers to choose from on the Google Play Store, there's one thing that is missing from most of them if you're coming from BlackBerry 10 and that's access to the same shortcut keys the BlackBerry 10 browser has. A new app called Keyboard Browser aims to correct that though by bringing those same in-browser shortcuts to Priv and KEYone owners.

BlackBerry said to be working with luxury automakers on anti-hack tool

According to Macquarie analyst Gus Papageorgiou, who highlighted the details in a note to his clients, BlackBerry is now working with at least two automakers (Aston Martin and Range Rover) in testing a BlackBerry developed security service that can scan vehicles for viruses and advise drivers to pull over if in danger.

BlackBerry Developer Global Tour events taking place in June!

If you're looking to learn more about the BlackBerry Development Platform, you'll certainly want to see if you can attend one of the BlackBerry Developer Global Tour events starting in June. The Global Tour will be making stops in Singapore, Washington, and Munich to start and each event has a full agenda.

BBM launches Ra2ej: Weird, wacky, and viral news content for Middle Eastern and North African users

BBM has been on a roll adding new content to the Discover Menu as of late and now, they announced another new addition for Middle Eastern and North African users. This time around, content channel—Ra2ej (or رائج – pronounced Ray-esh) has been added and will provide readers with 'a light-hearted mix of celebrity, entertaining and weird news, bizarre photos, funny videos and lots more.'

We've just added another content channel—Ra2ej (or رائج – pronounced Ray-esh)—to the Discover menu for Middle Eastern and North African users. It's where you'll find a light-hearted mix of celebrity, entertaining and weird news, bizarre photos, funny videos and lots more.

This is the third content channel we've launched as part of our partnership with entertainment and lifestyle content publisher 7awi. Layalina was first, offering lifestyle, fashion and celebrity content, followed by ArabsTurbo, a channel about cars and motorsports. Both channels have garnered more than a million unique users to BBM's Discover menu since they were launched over the past couple of months.

  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Kuwait
  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Jordan
  • Syria
  • Palestine
  • Lebanon
  • Egypt
  • Yemen
  • Tunisia
  • Iran
  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Sudan
  • Somalia

Our Middle Eastern and North African customers are getting more of their news and other content from the mobile channel, reading on their devices while on the go. As people use their messaging apps multiple times a day, we're bringing more content and services to them in the place where they're already spending their time.

7awi's content has been very popular with our Arabic-speaking customers so far. In the coming weeks, we'll be launching channels focused on men's fashion and lifestyle, women's fashion and a classified service. Stay tuned for more announcements here—and keep checking your Discover menu!

Learn more via the BBM Blog

BlackBerry's new AtHoc Account software helps ensure no one gets left behind during a crisis

BlackBerry has now announced a new expansion of capabilities offered by their AtHoc crisis communication software. The new AtHoc Account is a FedRAMP-authorized solution will enable government agencies and large organizations to account for their people in real-time by providing safety and availability status updates of people before, during and after an event.

Latest BlackBerry Hub update brings quick file options, Google Hangouts support and more!

BlackBerry has now pushed their latest round of Android updates to Google Play and this month is packed full of changes for Hub users. Plus, it introduces Privacy Shade, thus far a standalone app, into the BlackBerry Hub+ subscription service. Although most of BlackBerry's apps have been updated, the stand out changes come by way of Hub and Privacy Shade, so have a look at what all is new.

Here's a look at the never released BlackBerry 'Ontario'

Slated to be the flagship follow-up to the BlackBerry Z30, the BlackBerry 'Ontario' never saw release and is now a part of BlackBerry history.

Over the years, we've heard plenty of codenames for BlackBerry smartphones and got a look at a multitude of prototypes and canceled devices. The BlackBerry Magnum, Cyclone, Black Forest, Cafe, Kopi, Americano and more have all popped up but one device that has, until last night at CrackBerry's Meetup in Ottawa, remained a bit of a mystery is the BlackBerry 'Ontario'.

Download the official BlackBerry KEYone wallpapers!

Download the official BlackBerry KEYone wallpapers!

Before the BlackBerry KEYone was officially available, we were able to get our hands on some scaled up versions of the BlackBerry KEYone wallpapers but now that the KEYone is making its way into more hands, we can now share the more proper versions.

All in all, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with 13 wallpapers, including the BlackBerry specific blue one and the black diamond design. You can preview them below, but make sure you grab the zip file for the full resolution versions.

Need help with your BlackBerry KEYone? Check out our KEYone support forums!

Whether you need some assistance with the basics or have some hard questions you need answering, our KEYone support forums are open!

Now that the number of BlackBerry KEYone owners is increasing daily, and we've started to see an increase of folks looking for help getting started with their new BlackBerry smartphone, we're pleased to announce that our BlackBerry KEYone support forums are now open.

ShopBlackBerry kicks off May sale with deals on DTEK50, DTEK60 and 50% off accessories!

With the BlackBerry KEYone capturing the majority of the BlackBerry hardware news, it's easy to forget that the DTEK50 and DTEK60 are also both great devices. To help remind us of that, ShopBlackBerry has kicked a May sale on both the Android-powered DTEK50 and DTEK60. On top of that, they've also placed all accessories on sale for 50% off.

Latest BBM update for Android brings even further visual changes

The last couple of updates to BBM on Android have pretty much been focused on changing the app visually and the latest update rolling out through Google Play has stuck to that as well. This time around, though, the visual changes are pretty small by comparison to earlier updates.

You can now submit your own stickers to be available through BBM!

If you've ever wanted to submit your own stickers to be available through BBM, you can now do so through the new BBM Sticker Factory and possibly have your stickers published as well as earn prizes!

BlackBerry begins rollout of May Android security update

The BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team has now announced they have begun the rollout of the May Android security update for BlackBerry smartphones. As per normal, once downloaded and installed, you should see your security patch level change and this time around, it will appear as May 1, 2017, or later.

New beta versions of BlackBerry Hub+ core apps now available!

A new batch of beta updates to the BlackBerry Hub+ core apps are now available for download from Google Play, for those participating in the Beta Zone. As noted, these releases are mostly just bug fixes rather than new feature additions, but bug fixes are always great as well.

FYI: WhatsApp is down right now - [Updated]

FYI: WhatsApp is down right now

Annnnnnd now it's back after approximately two hours of downtime.

I know. Two WhatsApp posts today? Crazy. But since folks keep asking in the forums and on Twitter, we figured we should do a quick post to let you all know that right now, WhatsApp is currently suffering from some downtime, it's not just you having the issue.

WhatsUp10 - A new WhatsApp client for BlackBerry 10 from Nemory Studios

With WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 scheduled to shut down as of June 30, BlackBerry 10 owners have been looking for workarounds to keep WhatsApp running on their devices. One option is to run the Android version of WhatsApp on BlackBerry 10 but now Nemory Studios has come up with another option of sorts by releasing WhatsUp10, a new Android-based WhatsApp client that has a multitude of additional features.