BlackBerry DTEK 50, DTEK 60 both receive the May Android security update, but there are some issues

Both the BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60 have received the May Android security update, dated the fifth of this month. Some owners of the two devices have been complaining about verification issues that have prevented them from downloading and installing the update. As pointed out by one DTEK60 owner, it seems to be a case of hit or miss as far as the update is concerned.

Other manufacturers might not be so concerned with having the latest Android security update available for their handsets, but BlackBerry licenses its software to companies like TCL’s BlackBerry Mobile …


Possible BlackBerry KEY2 Lite (BBG100-1) hinted at in Geekbench listing

TCL Communication appears to be preparing yet another BlackBerry-branded smartphone. The brand recently confirmed that it will be introducing the new BlackBerry KEY2 at an event set to take place June 7. Now, according to a new Geekbench listing, this may be accompanied by a slightly more budget offering.

The device in question goes by the model number BBG100-1 and scores a single-core result of 698 and a multi-core score of 3656. These results were achieved thanks to the processor inside, which is an octa-core Snapdragon 450, and the RAM count, which sits at 4GB. As an additional extra, …

BlackBerry KEY2 to be unveiled on June 7th

The sequel to the BlackBerry KEYone, the KEY2, will be officially introduced on June 7th. BlackBerry Mobile, the subsidiary used by TCL to sell its licensed BlackBerry branded handsets, released the information via a tweet it disseminated today. The tweet includes a teaser that reads, “An Icon Reborn.” The unveiling will take place in New York at 10am on the aforementioned date.

There were hints that the KEY2 would soon be announced. As we told you earlier this week, the handset had received certifications from the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Bluetooth SIG. And earlier today, we passed along …

BlackBerry KEY2 may boast 6GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 660

The BlackBerry KEY2 looks set to feature 6GB of RAM and an improved processor. The upcoming device that will be manufactured by TCL Communication recently received a number of certifications signaling a nearing release. And now, after various renders revealed the new smartphone’s design, a new spec sheet appears to detail the device’s internals.

Starting off with power, TCL Communication looks set to include a more powerful chip. Specifically, the octa-core Snapdragon 660 replaces the Snapdragon 625 seen in last year’s BlackBerry KEYOne. Furthermore, the new processor is coupled with …

BlackBerry announces first BBM Desktop beta coming soon to Android users

After trying its hand at BBM Desktop in the latest BlackBerry Messenger beta releases, the Canadian company plans to launch a more stable version in the not so distant future. In a post on its website, BlackBerry thoroughly explains what BBM users will get in the next update, and the highlight is BBM Desktop beta.

First off, not everyone will get the BBM Desktop beta, but those who do will see its icon in the Me tab. This first beta version of BBM Desktop will allow users to execute some actions like search, view and find various stuff:

Choose to view all their chats in a list or …

New image of BlackBerry KEYone sequel surfaces; phone to be named KEY2?

After months of hearing practically nothing about the sequel for the BlackBerry KEYone, information about the phone is pouring out. First, some accessories for the KEYone sequel were posted last month on the website of accessories provider Skinami. Then, some renders of the device surfaced earlier this month, followed by photos posted by Chinese regulator TENAA. Tonight, we have some more goodies to share with you about the BBF100-4, aka the BlackBerry KEYone sequel.

One image comes from weibo, and is in the form of a split screen photograph covered with cute stickers. The picture on the …

BlackBerry KEYone sequel "Athena" appears on Chinese regulator's site with dual cameras on back

Earlier this month, we showed you some renders allegedly revealing the look of the BlackBerry KEYone sequel codenamed “Athena.” At first glance, this phone appears to be very similar to the current model. But a closer look reveals sharper squared-off corners on top, an extra textured button on the side, and a dual-camera setup on back. Today, the “Athena” was spotted on the site of China’s telecommunications regulator TENAA. This is the agency, similar to the FCC in the states, that must approve all handsets used in the country.

The TENAA certification includes four pictures of the device …

BlackBerry Keyboard app receives an update

BlackBerry user? If so, you might want to know about the latest update to the BlackBerry Keyboard app. While the company is known for the physical QWERTY keyboard found on some of its models, more recently the BlackBerry KEYone, the BlackBerry virtual keyboard also has some great attributes including flick typing. Remember, this app is found in the Google Play Store which should tell you that those toting a BB10 powered ‘Berry can’t use it. Only Android powered BlackBerry handsets are compatible with this Keyboard app.

So what changes are included with the update? Glad you asked. You can …

BlackBerry KEYone gets update from Sprint, price cut in Europe

The Sprint version of the BlackBerry KEYone is receiving an update which will result in the phone receiving the March Android security update. The software version is AAW378, and if you’re unsure how to update the software on your KEYone, you can tap on the video at the top of this story. Just make sure that after you receive the notification that the update has arrived, you have the phone connected to a Wi-Fi signal and the battery fully charged before continuing the process of installing it.

There is other news involving the KEYone today. The online BlackBerry Mobile EU store has …

BlackBerry Ghost and Ghost Pro to launch this quarter?

In February and March, we showed you a pair of renders for a couple of new handsets that were reportedly being prepped by BlackBerry licensee Optiemus. If the renders are legit, both the BlackBerry Ghost and the BlackBerry Ghost Pro will be two of the sexiest BlackBerry phones ever produced. The two devices each feature an edge-to-edge screen and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Neither render shows off a fingerprint scanner, which means that the biometric reader is on the back of the phone, or (less likely) embedded under the display.

While Optiemus never confirmed the existence of the Ghost and …