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Fingerprint Cards powers the in-keyboard fingerprint sensor on the BlackBerry KEYone

Although BlackBerry Mobile didn't spend any time talking about the fingerprint sensor on the BlackBerry KEYone during the launch at Mobile World Congress 2017, most CrackBerry readers I'm sure, know it's there and built right into the keyboard and if you don't, well you do now.

Given the few details offered up, and the uniqueness of it being built into the keyboard, I began wondering who exactly built the fingerprint sensor for the KEYone. As it turns out, the sensor was built by Fingerprint Cards who worked closely with the hardware team to create the first-in-the-world fingerprint sensor in a keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone.

Relax, the BlackBerry KEYone does have an RGB LED indicator

Believe it or not, one of the top questions asked about the BlackBerry KEYone has been whether or not it actually has an RGB LED indicator. For those who still doubt it is there and somehow seemingly avoided all the proof showing it off, we can assure you it is.

Unlocked Mobiles UK now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone!

For BlackBerry fans in the UK looking to get their hands on a brand new BlackBerry KEYone as soon as possible, the folks at Unlocked Mobiles have now started taking pre-orders. At this point, they have the pricing set at £494.98 including VAT and the expected time of shipment is currently set for April 10.

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from TELUS starting in April

If you're a TELUS customer looking to get your hands on a BlackBerry KEYone, you won't have to wonder if TELUS will be offering the device. The Canadian carrier has let it be known they will have the device available to customers starting in April. At this point, TELUS has not committed to any exact date or pricing but, just knowing the BlackBerry KEYone will be available is news enough to get happy about.

Watch the video replay of the BlackBerry KEYone launch event!

Did you miss out on taking in the BlackBerry KEYone announcement live? If so, you can go ahead and get yourself caught up by watching the full video replay. The event was hosted by our very own CrackBerry Kevin, and of course, features folks such as Nicolas Zibell, CEO at TCL Communication, as well as Logan Bell, Product Manager at BlackBerry Mobile.

TCL Communication launches the all-new BlackBerry KEYone at Mobile World Congress!

The BlackBerry KEYone is the Mercury's official name and you'll be able to get your hands on it and its QWERTY keyboard beginning in April.

After many months of anticipation, and a teasing at CES 2017, TCL Communication has now officially given the device formerly known as 'Mercury' a name, pricing, and a release time timeframe. As unveiled today at Mobile World Congress, the BlackBerry KEYone will be available globally beginning in April and will be priced at or under €599 EUR/£499 GBP/$549 USD.

BlackBerry KEYone Specs and Features

Official BlackBerry KEYone Specs and Features

The pieces that make the BlackBerry KEYone tick!

Now that the BlackBerry KEYone is official, that means the full run down of specs are available now as well. For the KEYone, every component of the device, including the Snapdragon 625 was specifically chosen with the goal of lengthening the battery life in mind. Mind you, the battery itself is the largest ever put in a BlackBerry, (3505 mAh) so we're already off to a great start. Read on to see what else makes up the BlackBerry KEYone.

BlackBerry brings back the 48-hour flash sale on the BlackBerry Passport!

The last time BlackBerry hosted a 48-hour flash sale on the BlackBerry Passport, folks cleared ShopBlackBerry of all the BackBerry Passport Silver Editions. Seriously, there's none left. But if you're still looking to get an original BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry has fired up another 48-hour flash sale and you can snag one for a great price!

First BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device gets certified in Indonesia

The first PT BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device has slowly been making its way through the certification process for Indonesia and has now finally reached the final step, meaning its eventual arrival might not be that far off. At this point, there's plenty of rumored specs floating about, but no images have appeared for the device simply known as BBC100-1. As for those rumored specs, well, they've come from @rquandt previously, and @krispitech.

BlackBerry Mercury passes through the Wi-Fi Alliance for certification

Although it's slightly less interesting news considering we know we'll learn more at BlackBerry Mobile's Mercury launch event on February 25, for those of you out there who like to check on where things are in the line of progress, at least one variation of the BlackBerry Mercury (BBB100-2) has now passed through the Wi-Fi Alliance for Wi-Fi certification.

Priority #1, "Security is a hallmark of BlackBerry Mobile"

We interviewed Steve Cistulli, President & GM of TCL Communication (TCT) North America, to talk BlackBerry Mobile, the "Mercury" and more

When it was announced that BlackBerry would be producing secure Android smartphones, there was many in the BlackBerry community that were skeptical over how secure BlackBerry could make Android. Over time, though, BlackBerry was able to prove their world-renowned security model could be applied to Android.

With BlackBerry handing licensing over to BlackBerry Mobile to produce smartphones now, folks have been wondering if that security model will apply to new devices such as the BlackBerry Mercury as well. The short answer is a resounding, yes! To get the longer answer, we sat down with Steve Cistulli from BlackBerry Mobile who took the time to explain the security and privacy aspects of their upcoming devices. Steve stressed right away that security comes first.

I've always seen [security] solutions coming from other Android developers as the second bullet item, where with BlackBerry Mobile it is always the first bullet item.

With that in mind, BlackBerry Mobile will continue to leverage BlackBerry's enterprise security expertise to deliver that commitment, in fact, BlackBerry will continue to develop all of the security software, right down to digitally signing the OS inside BlackBerry, keeping that BlackBerry security DNA intact entirely.

The primary software integration point is still going to be done inside BlackBerry and even digitally signed inside BlackBerry. You're really never going to lose the DNA of BlackBerry going forward.

Having a company like BlackBerry and their security experts that are constantly updating the software, continuing to do monthly builds, making sure that our phones are always up to date when it comes to Android baseline, that's going to continue going forward and will certainly become one of the hallmarks of BlackBerry Mobile.

Partnering with BlackBerry is seen as a win-win. BlackBerry Mobile will focus on building amazing hardware, while BlackBerry (whose new motto is "Software is the new BlackBerry") will continue hardening the Android experience.

Perhaps, one of the highlights of the conversation for me was that BlackBerry Mobile recognizes that security is not just an enterprise thing either. Everyone these days needs to be considering security, especially with all the new cybersecurity threats that exist, the political landscape and more. Often, though, folks look at these things more as Privacy vs. Security and Cistulli and BlackBerry Mobile are aware of that as well.

We start with the words security because we're probably bringing our phones to work with us one way or another. Then we go home, and then we go out to dinner, and we don't call it security anymore. We call it privacy. Because people outside of work can't use the same words. Privacy really does matter. It's been building for the last decade, as we know. It's certainly getting a lot of press these days.

When you start with a Blackberry mobile device, from the moment that you have chipset key validation until the time you're taking a picture, you're putting it into your secure area, you have the ability for portable SD card encryption, etc. this is the type of security that we could talk about perhaps in technical terms. At the end of the day, it's, "Please don't steal my pictures. Please don't read my emails." I think it's serendipitous that we're all talking about this today.

In times where articles about how to keep your data safe and private while even just traveling are being written at a rapid pace, I have to say hearing Steve lay out the facts behind how BlackBerry Mobile will still be leveraging BlackBerry security is refreshing. Did you miss out on our CrackBerry podcast? Listen to it now below or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, RSS or download it directly!

Where did the BlackBerry Mercury codename come from?

And what does it mean for the next BlackBerry Mobile phone?

As we look ahead to BlackBerry Mobile officially launching the BlackBerry Mercury at Mobile World Congress, one question that has come up often is where did the BlackBerry Mercury codename come from? Did the internet just make it up? Is it an internal name designated to the device? In seeking an answer, we decided to ask Steve Cistulli from BlackBerry Mobile on our recent podcast and well, turns out we got a better answer than we initially anticipated and a bit of a tease.

BlackBerry sues Nokia over patent infringement

After taking on a legal battle with BLU Products and Avaya, BlackBerry has now filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia. In the filing, BlackBerry Ltd. v. Nokia Corp., 17-155, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, BlackBerry claims Nokia's networking gear, including its Flexi Multiradio base stations, radio network controllers, and Liquid Radio software, infringes 11 patents.

The complaint was filed Tuesday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. In the complaint, BlackBerry notes that the company 'seeks to obtain recompense for Nokia's unauthorized use of BlackBerry's patented technology', but doesn't mention how much they're seeking, nor are they seeking any court order that would block use of the inventions. Instead BlackBerry is just looking to 'to license them on fair and reasonable terms' because according to BlackBerry 'Nokia has persisted in encouraging the use' without a license from BlackBerry as noted in the complaint.

Nokia encourages and instructs customers, mobile service providers such as T-Mobile and AT&T, to purchase, deploy and use infringing products to develop and operate their LTE networks and UMTS networks

The patents-in-suit are U.S. Patent Numbers 6,996,418; 8,254,246; 8,494,090; 7,529,305; 8,861,433; 9,426,697; 9,253,772; 8,897,192; 9,125,202; 8,243,683; and 8,644,829.

Source: Bloomberg More: Law360

The CrackBerry Podcast is now available on Google Play Music!

Since we brought back the CrackBerry podcast for CrackBerry's 10th Anniversary we've had a number of requests asking that it be made available on Google Play Music - a request we were happy to oblige. Right now, if you fire up Google Play Music and head to the podcasts section, you should be able to search for CrackBerry and have it appear or just hit this link to subscribe.

BlackBerry releases Notable for Android as part of the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite of applications

Although we had a little bit of heads up of its arrival, thanks to a post that went live a little bit early, BlackBerry has now introduced the latest Android app that will join the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite of applications. Released as BlackBerry Notable, the latest app is a content creation and sharing app that allows you to quickly capture content on the screen, mark it up with text or free-form drawing tools, and share it with friends and colleagues.

BlackBerry teams up with ISARA to work on quantum resistant cryptography

Over the past few months, BlackBerry has been adding to their catalog of partners and today, have added another to the list. As announced on the Inside BlackBerry Blog, BlackBerry has now announced a new partnership with ISARA Corporation, the company behind ISARA Radiate, which offers quantum-resistant cryptography.

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BB Mobile

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BB Mobile

Were you watching the Grammy's last night instead of tuning into BerryFlow? It's cool. You can now check out the video and audio replays. This week, we dig into all the latest BlackBerry news including BlackBerry's newest SDK offering, BBM working on a remedy for spam invites and of course, quite a bit about the upcoming BlackBerry Mercury. Be sure to check it out!

BlackBerry Hub+ Suite beta now open to everyone through Beta Zone!

When BlackBerry launched their BlackBerry Hub+ Suite beta, it was only open to those who had registered through the BlackBerry Beta Zone and were accepted. Now, though, BlackBerry has decided to go ahead and open up beta testing to everyone who is interested in giving it a go.

All you need to do is head to the BlackBerry Beta Zone, log in with your BlackBerry ID and you should find the BlackBerry Hub+ program available to you. No approval process. No waitlist. Unlike when it was 'open' previously. Once you are registered for the program, you'll have access to download the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite beta. As a reminder, here's what all is included with the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite:

  • BlackBerry Hub
  • BlackBerry Calendar
  • BlackBerry Password Keeper
  • Contacts by BlackBerry
  • BlackBerry Device Search
  • Notes by BlackBerry
  • Tasks by BlackBerry
  • BlackBerry Launcher

Before you dive in fully, you do have to remember that this is a beta program, so there will likely be some bugs involved and if you're not willing to deal with them or offer feedback, then maybe it's best you skip out on signing up. That said, if you're willing to accept those caveats, then head on over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone and get yourself registered! Oh right, I shouldn't need to say this but, keep in mind you do need an Android device to take part. They are Android apps after all.

Sign up for the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite beta program

Rad Systems BlackBerry 10 apps updated across the board

Rad Systems BlackBerry 10 apps updated across the board

If you're using any of the several great apps put out by Rad Systems, you'll want to load up BlackBerry World and check for updates. Making their way through BlackBerry World right now, are all new versions of every app Rad Systems has put out including App Manager, Call Blockr, Charger Alert and more. Some of these updates are maintenance releases while others introduce brand new features!

BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10 updated with bug fixes!

It has been a while since BlackBerry World has been updated for BlackBerry 10 but a new update has now been released and is readily available for download. As noted in update details, this release contains just simple bug fixes and performance improvements but with the updates for BlackBerry World specifically few and far between these days, any update that fixes some bugs is appreciated. Fire up BlackBerry World, get it downloaded and installed and you'll be good to go!

Download BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10

Thanks, @Jsanders10!

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