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CrackBerry Podcast - Post-CES!

CES 2018 is a wrap and there was plenty of BlackBerry news announced that we needed to discuss a little bit further, so it was only fitting to have a have a post-CES podcast. For this one, we managed to keep it to around 45 minutes, so settle in, hit play on the video and enjoy! For all you folks who prefer audio, we'll get that added as soon as possible for direct download and iTunes and Google Play Podcasts playback!


Rogers BlackBerry KEYone update scheduled for January 22

If you're a Rogers BlackBerry KEYone owner and been wondering where your software updates are, we have some good news for you. According to Rogers OS update schedule, the latest security updates have now been approved by Rogers and will start rolling out on January 22.


JD.com opens pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition

Announced at CES 2018, the KEYone Bronze Edition is the latest in the KEYone lineup!

Announced at CES 2018, the KEYone Bronze Edition is the latest variant in the BlackBerry KEYone lineup that's all set to arrive in select markets across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. When it was announced, we were told additional availability info would be shared soon but it seems as though, JD.com, has already opened their reservation system to those waiting!


How to set up your BlackBerry KEYone space key to answer calls

A handy tip for you KEYone owners who get a lot of calls!

If you get a lot of calls on your BlackBerry KEYone you might have noticed this little addition that BlackBerry added to the phone app, but in case you missed it, BlackBerry has now added the option that allows you to quickly answer incoming phone calls by clicking the space key on your BlackBerry KEYone twice. It's a pretty handy addition. Need to know how to enable it? We got you!


BlackBerry Hub+ Services updated with additional GroupMe support, Gmail fixes and more!

Although BlackBerry updated the Hub to support GroupMe late last year, a new BlackBerry Hub+ Services update is now rolling out to bring improved support for newer versions of GroupMe, some fixes for Gmail, Microsoft Exchange contact searching and more!

What's New

  • The app no longer closes unexpectedly when viewing details of an SSL certificate error
  • GroupMe integration now supports newer versions of GroupMe
  • You no longer receive duplicate Gmail messages after syncing the "All Mail" or "Starred" folders
  • Errors in searching Contacts are now fixed for Microsoft Exchange

The update is live right now on the Google Play Store, so you'll want to be sure to get it downloaded if you haven't already. Additionally, you might also see updates for BlackBerry Privacy Shade and BlackBerry Password Keeper if you're in the beta program but those changelogs only highlight 'bugfixes' as the key changes.


CrackBerry Poll: Which BlackBerry KEYone color is your favorite?

With the announcement of the BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition at CES 2018, that means there will soon be three different color variants of the BlackBerry KEYone out there. Black, Silver, and Bronze. Personally, I'm a big fan of the Black Edition over the others but use the embedded poll to let me know which is your favorite. We'll see what color comes out as the favorite for the majority. To make it a bit more fun, let me know in the comments what other colors you'd like to see for BlackBerry Mobile devices going forward.


BlackBerry introduces Jarvis to help automakers secure their software supply chain

Going into the North American International Automotive Show, we had hints that BlackBerry CEO John Chen would be introducing a new product there. As it turns out, those hints were on target and BlackBerry Jarvis has now been announced.


WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 is dead, time to switch to a BlackBerry KEYone or Motion!

Although there was plenty of warning, the two-week grace period for WhatsApp on BlackBerry 10 is up and the app now no longer works. Those trying to use WhatsApp on BlackBerry 10 are now greeted with a 'Switch to a Supported Phone' message. If you still need to access WhatsApp, now is a great time to move into a BlackBerry KEYone or BlackBerry Motion where WhatsApp continues to be supported.


Where to buy the BlackBerry Motion

Not sure where you can buy a BlackBerry Motion right now? We've got you covered!

The BlackBerry Motion is now on sale across many parts of the world and continues to be rolled out to new areas. We've been keeping a list of all the carriers and retailers offering the Motion, so if you're curious as to where you can buy the Motion right now you've come to the right place!


GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion now available in the U.S. from Amazon and Best Buy!

As announced at CES 2018 and right on schedule, the GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion is now available in the U.S. online from Amazon and Best Buy priced at $449.99 USD. This is the first time BlackBerry fans in the U.S. will be able to order a Motion from Best Buy but Amazon was already running a short pre-order period ahead of availability.


Basket is a native Dropbox client for BlackBerry 10

With the demise of the Connect to Dropbox app on BlackBerry 10, folks looking to make use of Dropbox on BlackBerry 10 have had to resort to alternative options such as their browser or the Android for accessing their files but a new native Dropbox client for BlackBerry 10 called Basket is now available.


BlackBerry Power Center update brings new notification options and stability fixes

BlackBerry Power Center, the often overlooked app that allows you to optimize your device and apps power usage, has a fresh new update rolling out that brings enhancements and stability fixes. As highlighted in the changelog, you can now manage apps that are running in the background. Plus, notifications for those background apps that are using battery power are now enabled making them easier to pinpoint.


BlackBerry CMO Mark Wilson discusses how BlackBerry software is powering autonomous vehicle tech

As expected even before heading into CES 2018, autonomous vehicle technology has been a hot topic on the showroom floor and in keynotes and BlackBerry's QNX software technology is at the heart of a lot of it. With the showroom floor open, Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg had the opportunity to speak with BlackBerry Chief Marketing Officer Mark Wilson about how its technology is powering autonomous vehicle technology.


BBM will soon offer editable custom PINs, improved photo and video sharing, and more!

Although we had [a little bit of a heads up of what was coming to BBM thanks to the beta release, the release which starts rolling out tomorrow features a few new additions that were not included in the beta release. Luckily, we managed to get our hands on the full changelog ahead of time and can share it with you.


BlackBerry Motion now available to pre-order from Amazon in the U.S.

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With the announcement of the BlackBerry Motion coming to the U.S. out, folks looking to get their hands on one as soon as possible can now pre-order directly from Amazon. As highlighted in the announcement, pricing for Motion in the U.S. is set at $449.99 and pre-orders will begin shipping on January 12, 2018.


Expect at least two new BlackBerry Mobile smartphones in 2018

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In addition to the announcement of the BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition and GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion U.S. availability, BlackBerry fans will have at least two new BlackBerry Mobile smartphones to look forward to in 2018. The finer details, for now, are being kept under wraps but Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile, was clear in the messaging.


GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion now available in Canada!

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Although the BlackBerry Motion has been available in Canada through carriers such as Bell, SaskTel, TELUS and Koodo since November, those looking to pick up the device without any carrier in Canada have thus far been out of luck. Today, though, that changes as the GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion is now available from Best Buy, Blueshop and Amazon, with additional retailers such as Staples, and Walmart coming soon.


GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion coming to the U.S. market beginning January 12

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If you've been waiting for the BlackBerry Motion to arrive in the U.S. your wait is almost over. As announced today at CES, the GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion is coming to the U.S. market beginning January 12 and will be available online at Amazon and Best Buy for $449.99 USD.

The launch of BlackBerry Motion further diversifies the BlackBerry Mobile smartphone portfolio offering IP67 water and dust resistance and a new anti-scratch display technology for its 5.5-inch Full-HD screen. It also comes with the largest battery ever in a BlackBerry smartphone (4,000mAh), offering 32+ hours of mixed use. When a charge is required, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 enables up to a 50 percent charge in roughly 40 minutes using a USB Type-C charger. Powered by Android 7.1 Nougat, this all-new BlackBerry smartphone gives customers access to the entire Google Play store and will receive monthly Android security updates. It will be upgraded to Android Oreo later this year.

New to this latest BlackBerry Smartphone is an improved customizable Convenience Key that brings even greater functionality and context to the quick-access physical key – unique to BlackBerry smartphones. This feature now includes four customizable profiles for Home, Car, Office, and User, allowing for three different shortcut options that can be triggered by a home WiFi network, in-car Bluetooth, meetings that are synced to BlackBerry Hub or apps that are most commonly used.

We've already given the BlackBerry Motion a pretty thorough review and were pleased with a lot of what it offers, especially that 4,000 mAh hour battery, which is enough to get you through your day with enough juice left to enjoy your downtime. If you haven't read our review yet, go ahead and give it a look. Have you been waiting for the Motion to arrive in the U.S.? Drop a comment and let us know if you're going to be picking one up!

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TCL COMMUNICATION PROMISES AT LEAST TWO NEW BLACKBERRY SMARTPHONES COMING IN 2018

Also announces U.S. availability of BlackBerry Motion and an all-new variant of BlackBerry KEYone for select markets in Asia and Europe

LAS VEGAS – January 9, 2018 – Building upon the successful global launch of the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone and introduction of BlackBerry Motion more recently to select markets, TCL Communication is preparing for additional portfolio expansion in 2018. This begins with the GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion coming to the U.S. market beginning January 12, which will be available online at Amazon and Best Buy for $449.99 USD. Later in Q1 2018, an all-new color variant and dual SIM version of BlackBerry KEYone – Bronze Edition – will be released in select markets across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

"It has been less than one year since we formally introduced the world to our all-new BlackBerry smartphones and we've seen very strong renewed interest thanks to devices like BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion," said Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile. "With new BlackBerry smartphones from TCL Communication now available in over 50 countries around the world, we have a solid foundation to continue building upon our portfolio in the new year. This means customers can expect to see at least two new BlackBerry smartphones from us later this year."

"BlackBerry phones are the world's most secure Android smartphones because we've designed security into every possible piece of software," said Alex Thurber, SVP, and GM of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. "We are excited that TCL Communication has decided to bring the BlackBerry Motion with its outstanding battery life and its touchscreen interface to the United States, in addition to introducing a dual-SIM variant of the highly regarded BlackBerry KEYone for global markets. In 2018 we will be working closely with TCL Communication to roll out Android 8.0 OreoTM, including additional security and other features, to continue to expand the overall BlackBerry smartphone user experience."

BLACKBERRY KEYONE BRONZE EDITION

Since the global rollout of BlackBerry KEYone, which began in Q2 2017, TCL Communication has launched the device in over 50 countries worldwide, including markets in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In fact, the global rollout continues with variants of BlackBerry KEYone newly released in Mexico and South Korea. This includes launching with key partners like AT&T, Sprint, Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Amazon, Best Buy, Vodafone, MediaMarkt, Orange, Carphone Warehouse, JD.com, Telefonica and many more.

With the positive global reception of the BlackBerry KEYone, TCL Communication is adding the all-new BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition to the series. This limited edition model features a matte bronze finish and adds dual-SIM compatibility for select global markets. Ideal for corporate users or frequent travelers, the BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition also has 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage. Additionally, it comes packed with all the security, productivity and reliability features that have made BlackBerry KEYone such a distinctly different and popular smartphone. More information on the regional availability of BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition will be shared shortly, including market availability and pricing.

BLACKBERRY MOTION

The launch of BlackBerry Motion further diversifies the BlackBerry Mobile smartphone portfolio offering IP67 water and dust resistance and a new anti-scratch display technology for its 5.5-inch Full-HD screen. It also comes with the largest battery ever in a BlackBerry smartphone (4,000mAh), offering 32+ hours of mixed use. When a charge is required, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 enables up to a 50 percent charge in roughly 40 minutes using a USB Type-C charger. Powered by Android 7.1 Nougat, this all-new BlackBerry smartphone gives customers access to the entire Google Play store and will receive monthly Android security updates. It will be upgraded to Android Oreo later this year.

New to this latest BlackBerry Smartphone is an improved customizable Convenience Key that brings even greater functionality and context to the quick-access physical key – unique to BlackBerry smartphones. This feature now includes four customizable profiles for Home, Car, Office, and User, allowing for three different shortcut options that can be triggered by a home WiFi network, in-car Bluetooth, meetings that are synced to BlackBerry Hub or apps that are most commonly used.

For more information about the BlackBerry Mobile smartphones from TCL Communication, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com and come see us at CES 2018 located in Central Hall, Stand 12929.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services under three key brands – TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry - with its portfolio of products currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Incorporated in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates nine R&D centers worldwide, employing thousands across the globe. For more information, please visit www.tclcom.com.


BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition coming to select markets across Asia, Europe and the Middle East

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Following up on the success of the existing BlackBerry KEYone series, which is now available in 50 countries worldwide, including markets in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia, TCL today at CES has announced the all-new BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition as an addition to the series.


John Chen outlines the road ahead for BlackBerry and QNX

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With announcements already starting to pour out of CES 2018, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has taken to the Inside BlackBerry Blog to provide folks a look at the road ahead for BlackBerry and QNX and provide a company update of sorts. As Chen rightly highlights, the end of 2016 saw BlackBerry and QNX pick up a ton of momentum, and it's showing no signs of slowing down for 2018, and the year has just begun.


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