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Best Buy has the BlackBerry KEYone back in stock online and available for in-store pickup!

Update - June 8th: We're seeing more in stock again! If you do see stock run out, we suggest using the Notify Me button on the page to sign up. Best Buy will send out an email as soon as there's more inventory so you can get on that order asap!

Update - June 7th: Late night stock replenish. More available from online! Hurry!

Update - June 6th: Seeing the KEYone back in stock in Best Buy online. Looks like this will become a daily thing so keep checking in regularly for more inventory.

Update: That was fast... the online inventory sold out already (local inventory will vary depending on where you live - check site). The word is inventory should be on an almost-daily replenishment cycle now, so if you didn't get a hold of it today keep checking back daily and you should be able to get your hands on a KEYone sooner rather than later.

If you missed out on picking up a BlackBerry KEYone when they initially went on sale, no matter. You can now head on over to the Best Buy site and place your order right now to get a BlackBerry KEYone of your very own shipped right to you!

If you prefer to do local pickup instead, you can do that as well. All Best Buy locations are offering in-store pickup options, though, date ranges do vary with some showing stock available right now. If you've been waiting, now is a good chance to get an order in there but act fast!

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Bank of New Zealand, Optus Business, Mobile Mentor and Briggs Communications choose BlackBerry AtHoc

As the demand for Crisis Communications Software grows, BlackBerry AtHoc has now announced new customers and partners in Australia and New Zealand. The Bank of New Zealand, Optus Business, Mobile Mentor and Briggs Communications have all agreed to deliver, deploy and support BlackBerry AtHoc in the region.

BlackBerry begins rollout of June Android security update

Keeping updates on schedule, the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team has now announced they have begun the rollout of the June 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 June 5, 2017.

BlackBerry brings even more visual and user experience updates to their Productivity Tab app

The last update to BlackBerry's Productivity Tab app for Android brought along a complete overhaul of the design of the app but apparently, BlackBerry wasn't quite yet done with the visual changes. A new update to the Productivity Tab is now rolling out through Google Play and one of the key changes noted is this release is even more visual and user experience updates.

BBM Messenger adds 20 publishers to BBM News in Indonesia

Now that BBM News has launched, BBM has been working with new publishing partners to bring even more content to your fingertips and as such, they have now announced they have added 20 publishers to BBM News in Indonesia.

Incipio launches core series of protective cases for the BlackBerry KEYone

Although the Incipio cases for the BlackBerry KEYone haven't exactly been a secret, Incipio has now officially launched their core series of protective cases for the latest BlackBerry Smartphone.

Reminder: You can still lock in your BlackBerry KEYone order on Amazon!

Now that the BlackBerry KEYone has officially been released in the U.S. through Best Buy and Amazon, we're getting a look at the level of demand for the latest BlackBerry Smartphone. Best Buy and Amazon are currently out of stock but if you're wanting to lock in your BlackBerry KEYone order and get it as soon as possible, Amazon allows you to place your order and have it shipped as soon as they get stock in, while Best Buy allows you to sign up to be notified when stock arrives.

Check out CrackBerry Kevin talking BlackBerry KEYone on latest Mobile Tech Podcast!

Although Kevin is currently in Taipei taking in all that Computex has to offer, he still found time to sit down with Myriam Joire and Nicole Scott for the latest Mobile Tech Podcast to discuss a wide array of topics including the BlackBerry KEYone, the Essential Phone, Windows 10 on Snapdragon 835, and Computex 2017.

Go ahead and give it a listen, and if you're looking for Mobile Tech Podcast episodes, you can find them on iTunes, Google Play Music, or be alerted of new episodes through their RSS feed or finally, check out the Mobile Tech Podcast web page.

Appdome for BlackBerry Dynamics expands to include BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher

For those you out there working with Appdome for BlackBerry Dynamics, Appdome today has announced an expansion to include the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher, making it easy for developers and non-developers, to add the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher onto their workplace apps at the click of a single button and no coding required.

"The BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher makes enterprise mobility relevant, mobile apps accessible and the benefit of mobile management tangible for all mobile users," said Tom Tovar, CEO of Appdome. Enterprise users of Appdome can now add the launcher as part of any mobile integration project, complete the integration in seconds and showcase the expanded app coverage enabled through our platform.

Our goal is to increase the adoption and usage of secure mobile applications in the enterprise and provide organizations with unique and flexible solutions," said Billy Ho, executive vice president, Enterprise Product and Value-Added Solutions, BlackBerry. "This latest integration with Appdome allows us to grow our enterprise ecosystem and accelerates the reach of BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher."

The BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher integration option is available within the Mobility Management category of Appdome's platform by selecting the BlackBerry Dynamics SDK and enabling the launcher integration option. If you're looking to learn more, watch a replay of BlackBerry and Appdome's joint demo-driven webinar showcasing the codeless integration of the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher.

Appdome for BlackBerry Dynamics Expands to Include BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher for Single Point of Access to Business Apps and Tasks

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Appdome, the mobile industry's first cloud hub for mobile app integration, today announces the expansion of its automated service for BlackBerry Dynamics to include the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher. The launcher offers a secure mobile desktop as an overlay to mobile apps, making business apps and tasks easily accessible and actionable in one place. Appdome now allows enterprise users - developers and non-developers - to add the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher onto their workplace apps at the click of a single button. Like other mobile integration choices performed on Appdome, the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher is an optional-add feature, and no code or coding is required.

"The BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher makes enterprise mobility relevant, mobile apps accessible and the benefit of mobile management tangible for all mobile users," said Tom Tovar, CEO of Appdome. "Enterprise users of Appdome can now add the launcher as part of any mobile integration project, complete the integration in seconds and showcase the expanded app coverage enabled through our platform."

Simplifying use and expanding adoption

As a central point for users to access and switch between apps approved for their workplace, the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher streamlines workflows and boosts user productivity. The launcher eliminates delayed workflows, as users no longer need to waste time searching for the right apps in a stack of personal apps. It also eliminates the need to open and close various apps to complete a task.

"Our goal is to increase the adoption and usage of secure mobile applications in the enterprise and provide organizations with unique and flexible solutions," said Billy Ho, executive vice president, Enterprise Product and Value-Added Solutions, BlackBerry. "This latest integration with Appdome allows us to grow our enterprise ecosystem and accelerates the reach of BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher."

Appdome users that select to integrate the BlackBerry Dynamics SDK can now add the launcher to the same integration completed on the Appdome platform. This expands BlackBerry's reach to customers that require the development resources to add multiple SDKs to apps or that use apps without native support for the launcher.

The BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher integration option is available within the Mobility Management category of Appdome's platform by selecting the BlackBerry Dynamics SDK and enabling the launcher integration option.

To learn more, watch a replay of BlackBerry and Appdome's joint demo-driven webinar showcasing the codeless integration of the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher.

About Appdome

Appdome is a productivity platform for mobile integration, providing the rapid integration of multiple third-party functions to apps, shortening the deployment cycle and connecting mobile apps to other services on demand. The codeless service operates as a mobile integration workflow in the cloud, and allows users to perform integration projects on the final application package. No source code or development expertise is required. Likewise, no modifications to an app or an SDK are required to complete integration projects on the platform. The solution is currently used by the world's leading financial, healthcare and e-commerce companies to support productivity, compliance and security for consumers and employees. Appdome was rated a "Cool Vendor" in Mobile Security by Gartner in 2015. The company is based in Silicon Valley, United States and Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, visit www.appdome.com.

Due to demand, TELUS will be offering the BlackBerry KEYone to consumer customers

When the Canadian carriers for the BlackBerry KEYone were announced, TELUS customers were quick to point out that only business accounts were eligible to purchase the KEYone through their services. Now, due to demand and customer feedback, TELUS has decided to change course and make the BlackBerry KEYone available to consumer customers in 'the very near future'.

The BlackBerry KEYone will officially be on-sale in Canada beginning May 31

In addition to the U.S. release announcement for the BlackBerry KEYone, Canadians looking to get their hands on the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone will be able to do so officially beginning May 31. Starting at $199 CAD on a two-year term, the BlackBerry KEYone will be available either in-store or online from Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and TELUS.

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from Amazon and Best Buy starting May 31!

If you've been waiting to pick up BlackBerry KEYone in the U.S., BlackBerry Mobile has now announced the KEYone will be available from Amazon as well as select Best Buy stores and online at BestBuy.com for $549.99 USD.

"This is an extremely exciting and humbling moment as we introduce a new BlackBerry smartphone to customers here in the U.S. with the launch of our BlackBerry KEYone," said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication, North America. "The KEYone is unlike any other smartphone available to consumers today, offering a premium communication experience, ensuring that our customers enjoy the security, long battery life and great functionality that have made BlackBerry mobile devices so iconic.

One highlight noted in the press release will be important to those looking to purchase unlocked variations:

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available in two unlocked variants for U.S. customers, optimized for GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as a CDMA variant optimized for Verizon network support – with the CDMA variant available via Amazon at launch. Additional carrier availability of the BlackBerry KEYone – including Sprint retail availability – is expected to start this summer.

THE BLACKBERRY KEYONE WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING MAY 31 IN THE U.S. FROM AMAZON AND BEST BUY

IRVINE, Calif. – May 30, 2017 – Today, TCL Communication, a leading global smartphone manufacturer and global smartphone licensing partner of BlackBerry Limited, is announcing that the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone will officially be on-sale in the U.S. beginning tomorrow, May 31. Available online from Amazon, this all-new BlackBerry smartphone will also be available at select Best Buy stores and online at BestBuy.com for $549.99 USD.

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available in two unlocked variants for U.S. customers, optimized for GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as a CDMA variant optimized for Verizon network support – with the CDMA variant available via Amazon at launch. Additional carrier availability of the BlackBerry KEYone – including Sprint retail availability – is expected to start this summer.

"This is an extremely exciting and humbling moment as we introduce a new BlackBerry smartphone to customers here in the U.S. with the launch of our BlackBerry KEYone," said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication, North America. "The KEYone is unlike any other smartphone available to consumers today, offering a premium communication experience, ensuring that our customers enjoy the security, long battery life and great functionality that have made BlackBerry mobile devices so iconic."

"BlackBerry fans in the U.S. will be extremely excited to have the BlackBerry KEYone available in their market," said Alex Thurber, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of the Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry. "Anyone who is an Android loyalist and values the mobile security and productivity that BlackBerry software brings will love this smartphone."

BUILT TO LAST

An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone is housed in a durable and sleek aluminum frame with a soft textured back for extra grip. It has a 4.5-inch touch display featuring impact and scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4 offering the best in resilience and durability.

COMMUNICATION REIMAGINED

The BlackBerry KEYone uses an innovative Smart Keyboard reimagining how we communicate. Set up to 52 customizable shortcuts and transform each letter key for quick access to your favorite apps and most important contacts. Touch navigation responds to touch gestures like a trackpad, to quickly scroll through webpages or emails. Flick typing makes predictive text even faster with the ability to flick words onto your screen as you type. The device includes the world's first keyboard-embedded fingerprint sensor conveniently located in the spacebar and provides added device security.

POWERED BY ANDROID

Enjoy the familiarity and functionality of Android™ 7.1 Nougat giving users access to the entire Google Play™ store and over one million apps. This includes BlackBerry® Hub which brings all your messages into one consolidated place. This includes emails, texts and messages from any social media account.

OUTSTANDING BATTERY LIFE

Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone® offers all-day use and then some, with up to 26+ hours of mixed use, thanks to the 3505mAh battery. Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology enables up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes. BlackBerry® Boost is optimized to get you the most charge with the limited time you have so you can have peace of mind in times when you only have a few moments to charge up.

MOST SECURE ANDROID SMARTPHONE

The BlackBerry KEYone comes pre-loaded with DTEK by BlackBerry, offering constant security monitoring and protection of your operating system and apps by letting you know when your privacy could be at risk and how you can take action to improve it. Quickly view the overall security rating for your device allowing you to easily improve your security status. The KEYone will also receive regular monthly Android security updates, ensuring you have the most safe and secure Android smartphone experience.

IMPRESSIVE CAMERA

The BlackBerry KEYone features a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor (Sony IMX378) that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. The wide aperture lens with large 1.55μm pixels and dual-tone flash ensures your photos will have superior color and clarity. For times when you have to take a video conference on the go, the device includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus, LCD Flash, and 84-degree wide angle lens.

For more information and additional details on where to purchase the BlackBerry KEYone, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services worldwide under three key brands – TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry. The company's portfolio of products are currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, TCL Communication ranked as a top-10 global smartphone manufacturer by IDC. Headquartered in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates nine R&D centers worldwide, employing more than 13,500 people across the globe. For more information, please visit www.tclcom.com.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

Qualcomm, Snapdragon and Adreno are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Quick Charge is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Adreno and Qualcomm Quick Charge are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT, DISTINCTLY BLACKBERRY

BlackBerry KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry’s software and security with TCL Communication’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers around the world.

Beyond the iconic BlackBerry design that’s been curated for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of additional features that truly reinvents communications for the professional consumer.

  • Built to last – An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made reliable for the demanding user, the BlackBerry KEYone combines a sleek aluminum frame and soft grip textured back built to offer the best in durability.
  • Runs Android™ 7.1 Nougat – Giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps - and will receive Google™ security patch updates.
  • The keyboard reimagined – Forget what you knew about keyboards, the BlackBerry Smart Keyboard goes beyond typing. It can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing even greater ease of use. And use it to scroll through web pages, the picture gallery or to take a picture.
  • Loaded with BlackBerry® Hub® – Bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account.
  • Unrivaled security features – The BlackBerry KEYone is designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience possible.
  • Long battery life – Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone offers roughly 26 hours of mixed use, thanks to its 3505mAh battery.
  • Impressive photo quality – The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.87 in
149.1 mm
2.85 in
72.4 mm
0.37 in
9.4 mm
6.35 oz
180 grams
  • Display:
    • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1620x1080 resolution
    • 434ppi
  • Chips:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    • 8x 2.0Ghz Cortex A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/20 PDAF rear camera
    • Dual-tone LED flash
    • 8MP ƒ/2.2 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3505 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 + boost charging
  • Software:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • DTEK security suite
    • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption
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The BlackBerry KEYone looks even better with a touch of gold added to it!

When a new BlackBerry Smartphone comes out, it's pretty much inevitable it will eventually get a gold treatment at some point if possible and it really just comes down to who will be the first to do it. The new KEYone is no different in this respect and a quick look through Instagram shows off a couple gold-plated BlackBerry KEYone photos that are already out there.

The KEYone has received the most pre-orders ever at Rogers for a BlackBerry device!

In addition to providing a bit of an update surrounding the U.S. availability of the BlackBerry KEYone, Steve Cistulli, President & GM of TCL Communication (TCT) North America, also let it be known that the pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone on Rogers have now surpassed the pre-orders of any BlackBerry device that has been sold through the Canadian carrier previously. When you stop and think about that and consider that Rogers (Rogers Cantel at the time) was among the first to launch BlackBerry service in 1999, that's quite a milestone to surpass!

BBM Enterprise update for BlackBerry 10 and Android brings new features and improvements

If you or your organization is making use of BBM Enterprise, you'll want to ensure you have the latest release downloaded. Right now, on Android and BlackBerry 10, a new build of BBM Enterprise is being rolled out that brings enhanced group chat options as well as few other new features including video calling support between BlackBerry 10 and Android/iOS contacts.

BlackBerry and Qualcomm settle on $940M final award in Qualcomm arbitration

Following the initial interim announcement back on April 12, 2017, BlackBerry has now announced that it has reached an agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated resolving all amounts payable in connection with royalty overpayments, interest and attorneys' fees. In total, the arbitration panel has issued a final award providing for the payment by Qualcomm to BlackBerry of a total amount of U.S.$940,000,000. Qualcomm will pay the full amount of the final award on or before May 31, 2017.

BlackBerry Hub and Hub+ Services updated with multiple bug fixes

Has your BlackBerry Hub been a little sluggish since the last update? If so, you'll want to go ahead and fire up the Google Play Store and get the latest updates for the BlackBerry Hub (v1.5.2.12874) and BlackBerry Hub+ Services (v1.5.2.44944) downloaded.

Get to know the BlackBerry KEYone with these tips, tricks and tutorial videos!

Need help setting up your BlackBerry KEYone or just looking to pick up some new tips and tricks you might not have known? New BlackBerry KEYone help and support videos are now available!

Whether you're new the BlackBerry Android experience or are already familiar with it, BlackBerry Mobile has now posted new tips, tricks, and tutorial videos for the BlackBerry KEYone that will help you get to know the BlackBerry KEYone better. There is a little something for everyone to be found in the BlackBerry KEYone Tutorials, Tips & Tricks playlist.

BlackBerry KEYone owners are loving the long battery life!

When the BlackBerry KEYone was announced as coming with a 3505mAh battery, the largest ever put in a BlackBerry, many folks were left wondering how that would translate to real world use considering battery life has always been a concern amongst BlackBerry users. As the KEYone is now making its way into the hands of owners, folks are sharing their battery life stories and well, BlackBerry KEYone owners are loving the long battery life!

Keyboard Browser update brings Reader Mode and various bug fixes!

I know, we only wrote about Keyboard Browser last week but I told you then the developer behind it was super engaged and focused on adding new features, and alas, that's exactly what has happened. A new update to Keyboard Browser has now arrived on the Google Play Store, and it includes the heavily requested Reader Mode option as well as multiple bug fixes.

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