BlackBerry Hub now supports BBM Enterprise, Facebook lite, Messenger lite, Signal, TextNow and QQ accounts!

These updates have now reached public release and have now started rolling out through Google Play.

The latest beta for BlackBerry Hub has started rolling out through Google Play and this release is pretty huge for integrations being added. This time around, BBM Enterprise, Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite, QQ, Signal, and TextNow accounts have been added in addition to a few other notable improvements.

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Watch the replay of the BlackBerry Annual General Shareholders Meeting 2017

If you missed out on tuning into BlackBerry's AGM held in Waterloo on June 21st, you can now watch the video replay. It was all pretty standard as CEO John Chen shared milestones in the company's journey so far, how they delivered on the Fiscal Year 2017 promises and how they are now focused on securing, connecting, and mobilizing the Enterprise of Things as a leading business software provider.

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How to use Picture Password on the BlackBerry KEYone

Picture Password is a security feature that many BlackBerry users love — and it's still available on the BlackBerry KEYone. Keep in mind that you'll also need to set up a primary screen lock if you haven't done so already.

How to use Picture Password on the BlackBerry KEYone

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen and tap the gear icon.

  2. Tap Security, then Picture Password. You'll then be asked to confirm your pattern, PIN or password.

  3. Tap the toggle to turn on Picture Password. Then tap continue on the next screen.

  4. Choose a photo that will serve as your picture password (you can always change this later). Then choose a number.

  5. Now drag the circled number to a specific spot on the picture (this will be your password so don't forget where you put it!) then tap continue. Confirm the placement, then tap continue again.

  6. Now you'll be asked to test your password. Do so by dragging your chosen number to the secret spot. Tap finished.

Done! You can now use picture password on your BlackBerry KEYone for a quick, fun and one-handed way to unlock your phone!

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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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SEGA Forever brings Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, and more to mobile for free!

Are you not really into any of the new games out there? Longing for some retro games on your smartphone? If so, SEGA Networks Inc. has just what you're looking for. The first batch of the SEGA Forever collection has now been announced and made available for both Android and iOS.

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BlackBerry announces election results for the company's Board of Directors

Ahead of BlackBerry announcing their Q1 Fiscal 2018 results on Friday, June 23, 2017, the company has now announced the election results for the company's Board of Directors during their annual, and special meeting of shareholders held on June 21, 2017.

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CrackBerry Android app update fixes scrolling with the KEYone keyboard

We're always hard at work to keep the CrackBerry app running smoothly, and a big complaint from BlackBerry KEYone owners has been the issues with scrolling using the keyboard on our posts. We're happy to announce that in the latest update, this very issue has been addressed and the app now works flawlessly with scrolling using the physical keyboard on the KEYone.

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BlackBerry KEYone now available in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania!

As the BlackBerry KEYone rollout continues, those looking to pick one up in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary or Romania can now do so. Multiple retailers across those areas have now made the BlackBerry KEYone available online and in-store where applicable.

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BlackBerry brings new productivity and security enhancements to their Enterprise of Things platform

As part of their BlackBerry Secure offerings, BlackBerry has now rolled out multiple productivity and security enhancements to their enterprise software platform designed around powering the Enterprise of Things.

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Master Microsoft Office with this $39 course bundle

Master Microsoft Office with this $39 course bundle

Microsoft Office is one of the leading office suites in the world, thanks to its long lifespan and relative ease-of-use. Below the surface, however, is a powerful set of tools that can take months, if not years, to master.

Master the top office suite with this $39 bundle! Learn more

If only there were a course that taught you everything you need to know about each separate app without skipping over any important details, and without costing an arm and a leg.

Good news! CrackBerry Digital Offers has a deal on an Ultimate Microsoft Office CPD certification bundle. Instead of paying $1,992, you'll pay just $39. That's 98% off the regular price.

This bundle contains 12 CPD-certified courses that start with the basics and move on to more advanced topics. Courses include:

  • Excel for Beginners
  • Excel Intermediate
  • Excel Advanced
  • Word for Beginners
  • Word Intermediate
  • Word for Advanced Users
  • PowerPoint for Beginners
  • OneDrive
  • OneNote
  • Calendar
  • Visio
  • Access
  • Outlook

Become a wizard at Microsoft Office with this bundle, right now 98% off! Learn more

If you've been thinking about mastering Office, and would like to have the certification hours to prove it, the time is now. This $39 deal won't last forever, so don't wait too long.

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Billaway and BBM Messenger team up to launch BBM Rewards in Canada

Expanding on their already existing relationship, Billaway and BBM Messenger have now announced they're once again teaming up. This time around, it's to launch BBM Rewards for consumers across Android and iOS platforms in Canada.

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How to change the ringtone on the BlackBerry KEYone

One of the easiest things you can do to customize your KEYone is changing the ringtone!

There are many defaults out of the box on the BlackBerry KEYone, but thanks to Android you can customize almost all of them — including the ringtone. The setting is a bit hidden if you haven't done it before, but we'll show you how to change your BlackBerry KEYone ringtone in just a few easy steps!

How to Change the Ringtone on the BlackBerry KEYone

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen and tap the gear icon to access your settings.

  2. Tap Sound, then tap Phone ringtone

  3. Here you can choose a new ringtone that might suit you better. Just tap the one you want and you'll hear a quick preview. Tap OK when you're done and it will be good to go!

You can customize your KEYone by changing the ringtone, notification sounds and more to truly make it your own!

Tip: You can set a custom MP3 or a song as your ringtone by moving the file to the Ringtones folder on your device. To do this, you'll first need to install a file manager app from Google Play.

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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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WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 support officially extended until the end of 2017

On Friday, WhatsApp fan blog Whatsappen began reporting that support for WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 (and BlackBerry OS7+) would be extended until the end of 2017, but with no official report or update coming out stating so, it made the news a tad bit sketchy. However, now a new update rolling out of WhatsAppp for BlackBerry 10 does confirm the news officially as the change log notes 'changed client end-of-life date to December 31, 2017'.

No doubt, this update will make those remaining on BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry OS7+ and using WhatsApp happy. Additionally, S40 users have also been given more time and have had their end date extended as well. In any case, it's great to see WhatsApp decide to keep the BlackBerry 10 version going and if you're a BlackBerry 10 WhatsApp user, be sure to get the latest version downloaded so that it doesn't stop working come June 30th.

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From the Editor's Desk: USA A-OK

From the Editor's Desk: USA A-OK

After a fun weekend in NYC, the CrackBerry World Tour continues in the USA this week with Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago about to feel some KEYone love!

Hey CrackBerry!

As I type this it's just after midnight and I'm lying in bed in my hotel room in NYC about to go to sleep. I need to catch some quality ZZzz's because tomorrow kicks off a world wind tour of CrackBerry craziness! We'll be hitting up 5 cities in 5 days as we continue to celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry with our CrackBerry KEYone World Tour!

I also have some other quick updates to share, so keep reading for more. Keep in mind I'll probably be a little quiet on the CrackBerry article front this week, so be sure to follow @crackberrykevin on Twitter and Instagram (you can find me on BBM Channels still too), so you don't miss out on any of the action this week - we'll be sharing a lot as we meet more BlackBerry fans IRL! At the end of this week we'll be at over 15 CrackBerry meetups in 2017 with a total attendance between them of nearly 2,000 people. Amazing!

CrackBerry Meetups This Week

If you live in/near one of the cities we're visiting, hit the links below to jump over to official Meetup Page for full details and to RSVP.

Boston - Monday, June 19th

Washington, D.C. - Tuesday, June 20th

Atlanta - Wednesday, June 21st

Dallas - Thursday, June 22nd

Chicago - Friday, June 23rd

All attendees will have a chance to go hands on with the BlackBerry KEYone and we'll be giving one away at each event!

Monday's Boston meetup is sure to be a blast. Boston is the hometown of Michael Fisher aka MrMobile, so we'll be doubling up on the meetup fun. Bla1ze will be there from CrackBerry too, as well James Nieves who will be overseeing the KEYone demo area. James will also be at our Washington DC and Atlanta meetups too!

A Memorable Saturday in NYC at Yankee Stadium

If you follow the CrackBerry team on social, you may have noticed a reunion of sorts was taking place this weekend in NYC. BlackBerry Mobile sponsorship took over Yankee stadium for the NYCFC vs. Seattle Sounders match up and as part of the activities BlackBerry Mobile hosted 40 CrackBerry fans in a sweet suite to take in the game.

Awesome time at Yankee Stadium today watching the NYCFC beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 in a very wet and entertaining match. Huge thx to @blackberrymobile for hosting an awesome event. 40 BlackBerry fans in the VIP Suite made for a truly memorable afternoon! Swipe left for more photos! #NYCSC #blackberry #BlackBerryKEYone

A post shared by CrackBerry Kevin (@crackberrykevin) on Jun 17, 2017 at 2:12pm PDT

It was an awesome event and nice to see BlackBerry KEYone advertising come to life. Huge thanks to BlackBerry Mobile for hosting and inviting so many passionate fans. I know everyone in attendance had a blast!

BlackBerry KEYone Durability Test Giveaway Deadline!

If you're reading this you've likely already watched the BlackBerry KEYone Durabilty Test video I posted to Youtube a few days ago. The reaction to the video has been fantastic. I don't like destroying phones, but in this case it had to be done and I'm glad the video turned out to be entertaining as well as informative. It's now at over 300k views! If you didn't watch it yet, you can watch it below (and if you did watch it, watch it again!):

At the end of video I make note that if you leave a comment on the YouTube video or this article that you'll be entered for a chance to win a KEYone. For those who have been asking, the deadline on this giveaway will be Midnight on Sunday, June 25th and we'll announce the winner early the following week. Good luck!

Will Android Nougat come to the DTEK 50/60 and Priv?!

This question continues to pop up daily in CrackBerry land.. in the forums, on article comments, in my inbox and on my social feeds. For the most part, the answer I tell people is "don't get your hopes up - don't think these devices will get updated and you should probably just buy a KEYone." Given that BlackBerry is out of the hardware business and it's leaving that now to its licensee partners, to me this makes sense (they'd want to minimize their investment in supporting hardware if that's no longer their primary focus).

Of course, given BlackBerry's commitment on security updates, it could make sense for an update to be issued as it may prove easier to keep these devices up to date if they're all on the latest/same versions of Android.

For the record, I sent John Chen's Office an email asking for an update to this question so we can (hopefully) finally get a definitive answer on it. Fingers are crossed we'll have an official statement on this soon. My hunch is still that my current answer probably is the most accurate one.

USA A-OK!

In case you were wondering on the title of this Editor's Desk post, it's a bit of a throw back to a 1991 episode of The Simpsons titled Mr. Lisa goes to Washington. Lisa won a school essay writing contest and was invited along with her family to Washington DC to compete against other students. USA A-OK was the title of the essay that ultimately won the contest. For some reason it popped into my head while writing this. :)

Finally, a big Happy Father's day goes to all the dads out there reading this. Hope you made it a great day!

Kevin Out!

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Become a KEYone Delta Tester for BlackBerry Mobile Europe (UK/Germany/France)

Update: The KEYone Delta Tester application period is now closed. We had a GREAT response with hundreds of individuals applying. BlackBerry Mobile will be reaching to all those selected to participate in the program. Thanks for applying!

The European Quality team for BlackBerry Mobile is looking for a total of 30 Delta Testers -- 10 each from the United Kingdom, Germany, and France -- to take part in this program. If you meet the requirements, apply and it could be you!

Exciting opportunity here for some passionate BlackBerry owners who want to test the new BlackBerry KEYone and be part of BlackBerry Mobile's ongoing goal to deliver an exceptional user experience to their customers. I dropped word of this in CrackBerry's forums last week and we've had a pretty great response so far, but I wanted to spread the word on the CrackBerry blogs to give those who may have missed seeing the announcement a chance to apply.

The Delta Tester program kicks in once the device goes on sale, and select end users are invited to participate. Delta Testers will provide detailed qualitative feedback to the BlackBerry Mobile QA team about their experiences.

The European Quality team for BlackBerry Mobile is looking for a total of 30 Delta Testers -- 10 each from the United Kingdom, Germany, and France -- to take part in this program. The phone is provided by BlackBerry Mobile Quality team.

If you want to apply for your chance to be a Delta Tester for the KEYone, hit the link at the bottom of this post.

Application Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Living in the UK, Germany or France
  • You must be able to communicate in English

Note, if you are selected for the program, you will have to sign an NDA.

That's it. Please only apply if you meet all of the requirements. CrackBerry members are the most knowledgeable and passionate smartphone owners out there, so looking for awesome people to apply. Make us proud!

APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OVER - THANKS FOR APPLYING

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RSVP Now for CrackBerry Meetups in Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago!

The KEYone fun continues as our CrackBerry Meetup Tour turns south to the USA with our Eastern tour, kicking off in Boston on Monday, June 19th and following up with Washington, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago!

Update: Friday, June 16th - If you haven't RSVP'd yet for our US CrackBerry Meetups, get on it! We'll be in Boston on Monday and then fun continues from there!

As we continue to celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry, we're getting set for our next round up CrackBerry Meetups. We've already hit up ten cities, including Barcelona, New York, Miami, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Kitchener/Waterloo.

Next, the CrackBerry KEYone tour heads to the eastern part of the USA, starting with Boston on Monday, June 19th followed by Washington, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago. It'll be Five Cities in Five Days!

Our Boston meetup is going to be extra special. Boston is the home of Michael Fisher AKA MrMobile, and since he's been such a fan of the BlackBerry KEYone we decided to make it a joint CrackBerry/MrMobile meetup, which should be a blast! And since CrackBerry members all love Bla1ze, I'm working hard on getting him to attend this round of meetups as well (fingers crossed!).

I'm really looking forward to this five city tour, knowing that some of the attendees will already have their hands on the KEYone, while many of you will still be eagerly waiting for yours to arrive. Good times guaranteed!

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BlackBerry KEYone now available in Austria exclusively at A1

The KEYone is now available exclusively on A1 in Austria!

As the BlackBerry KEYone makes its way to more carriers across the globe, A1 has today announced that they are the first in Austria to offer the KEYone. A1 is offering the KEyone for various rates ranging from as low as € 0 down at € 56.90 monthly to € 399 down at € 19.90 monthly. If you're in Austria and looking to snag a KEYone, this is the only straight route for now so hop on it!

As a refresher, here's what the BlackBerry KEYone is packing:

  • Dimensions: 149.3 x 72.5 x 9.4mm, 180g
  • Operating System: Android 7.1 - Nougat
  • Display: 4.5 inch IPS LCD display at 1620 x 1080 pixels = 433 ppi
  • Camera: Rear 12 MP with ƒ / 2.0, video in 4K and 8 MP front camera (for Selfies) with ƒ / 2.2, Dual LED
  • Processor: Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2 Gigahertz
  • Memory: 3 GB of RAM; 32 GB internal memory - expandable with MicroSD
  • Battery: Li-Ion with 3505 mAh - not replaceable, Fast Charging
  • Connectivity: GSM / EDGE / UMTS / LTE, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.2

You can read more on the KEYone at A1 on their blog.

Shop BlackBerry KEYone at A1

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How to setup a screen lock on the BlackBerry KEYone

In addition to the awesomely fast fingerprint lock on the BlackBerry KEYone — you'll also need to use a pattern, PIN or password to keep things locked down tight. Here's how to set it up.

How to Setup Screen Lock on the BlackBerry KEYone

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen and tap the gear icon.

  2. Scroll down and tap Security

  3. Tap Screen lock.

  4. Tap Pattern, PIN or Password. On the next screen, choose if you'd like to require your chosen method upon device startup.

  5. Enter your Pattern, PIN or Password, then tap continue. Enter again and confirm.

  6. You're done! Your device will now be secured with your chosen screen lock. You can use this instead of or in addition to the fingerprint lock.

You can never be too safe — so make sure you use a strong pattern, PIN or password — and also setup fingerprint lock to keep your BlackBerry KEYone as secure as possible.

BlackBerry KEYone

Learn more at BlackBerry Mobile

Main

Unlock your productivity with the Android-powered BlackBerry KEYone!

Visit BlackBerryMobile.com for purchase information and to register for updates.

Guides

About

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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How to replace the launcher on the BlackBerry KEYone

The BlackBerry KEYone has an awesome launcher by default, but one of the fun things about Android is that you always have the option to change it up should it not be to your liking. There are literally hundreds of launchers for the choosing — each one having its own set of features that makes it unique.

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Consumer BBM for Android, iOS and Windows moving from data centers in Canada to Google Cloud Platform in Asia

At the end of 2016, there were several reports that BlackBerry had plans to move BBM servers to Indonesia. At the time, the rumors were shot down by BlackBerry COO Marty Beard, but there may have been a slight bit of truth to rumors as it has now been announced that Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, has selected Pythian to Android, iOS and Windows consumer BBM from BlackBerry on-premise data centers in Canada to Google Cloud Platform in Asia.

We need a partner who shares our urgency, and can accommodate our needs as our business evolves in both North America and Asia. Pythian's remote work model allows us to scale up as required on short notice and even around the clock, providing the flexibility that we need, said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM globally.

According to the press release, the move comes to 'accommodate a significant increase in media consumption by its global users, and to improve performance across key markets', which makes sense as the platform has been expanding to a number of categories beyond its original messaging application functionality. Plus, having data centers in Canada sending data to Asia is a hindrance to performance.

In order to accommodate a significant increase in media consumption by its global users, and to improve performance across key markets, BBM recognized that migrating its databases to the cloud was a business imperative. The company chose Google Cloud Platform as their cloud platform and enlisted Google to help them find a services provider that had experience with both on-premise data centers and Google Cloud Platform to migrate their complex IT infrastructure to the cloud as quickly as possible.

Still, what Beard noted back in December remains true. The move to the to Google Cloud Platform in Asia is only for Android, iOS, and Windows consumer BBM accounts. BlackBerry 10 versions of BBM, as well as BBM Enterprise, are not going to be part of the data migration.

BBM MESSENGER SELECTS PYTHIAN FOR MAJOR GOOGLE CLOUD PLATFORM MIGRATION

Ottawa, ON – June 15, 2017 – Pythian, a global IT services company that helps businesses adopt technologies to better compete, announced today that Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, has selected Pythian to help them move their mission-critical IT infrastructure for Android, iOS and Windows consumer BBM from BlackBerry on-premise data centers in Canada to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in Asia.

BBM is one of the largest mobile messaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application (text and video) to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce and services including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, games, video, comics, shopping, travel, career and polls.

In order to accommodate a significant increase in media consumption by its global users, and to improve performance across key markets, BBM recognized that migrating its databases to the cloud was a business imperative. The company chose Google Cloud Platform as their cloud platform and enlisted Google to help them find a services provider that had experience with both on-premise data centers and Google Cloud Platform to migrate their complex IT infrastructure to the cloud as quickly as possible.

BBM also aligned with Pythian's delivery model. "We need a partner who shares our urgency, and can accommodate our needs as our business evolves in both North America and Asia. Pythian's remote work model allows us to scale up as required on short notice and even around the clock, providing the flexibility that we need," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM globally.

Pythian puts its full stack experience to work to go beyond traditional "lift-and-shift", architecting a cloud solution that will be automated and take full advantage of the agility and scalability of GCP's cloud services.

About BBM

On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) – one of Indonesia's largest media, content and technology businesses – announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM's research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:

  • Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit www.bbm.com

Via: VentureBeat Source: Pythian

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