BlackBerry releases new features for Hub, Calendar and Productivity Tab apps

If you’re rocking a BlackBerry smartphone running Android, you’re in for a treat. The Canadian company is updating its dedicated apps in a timely manner, which probably means that software-wise you’ve made a good decision going for an Android-powered BlackBerry phone.

The last batch of updates released by BlackBerry target three apps: Hub, Calendar, and Productivity Tabs. All three are getting various new features and improvements that further improve the user experience.

Firstly, BlackBerry greatly improved Hub’s user interface. You’ll notice that in all BlackBerry’s Hub+ apps there’s …


BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion are now Android Enterprise recommended

BlackBerry’s last two handsets, the KEYone and the Motion, were better received by consumers than the previous two models ( the DTEK50 and DTEK60. In fact, with its gorgeous physical QWERTY keyboard and spectacular battery life, the KEYone was one of the most underrated phones of 2017. The Motion is equipped with several features that are new to BlackBerry users, such as an IP67 certification rating. This allows the phone to be submerged in water to a depth of nearly 5 feet, for as long as 30-minutes, and emerge unscathed. The Motion is also the first ‘Berry to carry dual SIM slots and …

BlackBerry receives patent for a new camera design

BlackBerry has received a patent from the World Intellectual Patent Organization (WIPO) for a new camera design. The application was filed on December 23, 2016 and the patent was granted three days ago. The title of the patent is “Electronic device and method of controlling same for capturing digital images,” and deals with a camera system that would work on a handset with a slide-out QWERTY similar to the BlackBerry Priv.

The camera would be on the back of the smartphone on the outer housing of the device. The rear part of the sliding QWERTY would feature another lens that would work in …

February security updates are here for the BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60

The BlackBerry DTEK50 and BlackBerry DTEK60 both seem to have become two forgotten Android powered BlackBerry models. Made by TCL with BlackBerry providing the software, both handsets have been overshadowed by the BlackBerry KEYone and the BlackBerry Motion. Despite disappearing from view, both the DTEK50 and DTEK60 are beginning to receive the February Android security update.

Once you receive notification that the update is available on your DTEK50 or DTEK60, make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. Also, make sure that your battery is fully charged before continuing on with …

BlackBerry KEYone gets a permanent $50 price cut in the US

BlackBerry fans who have been waiting for a sale on the company’s KEYone flagship will be pleased to hear the smartphone is getting a permanent price cut in the United States. Since the KEYone wasn’t discounted too often, it appears that the move is meant to boost the smartphone’s sales in select markets.

Currently, two US retailers now offer the BlackBerry KEYone for a lower price than the MSRP: Amazon and Best Buy. The KEYone usually sells in the US for $550, but starting today customers can get one for just $500.

Even though Amazon and Best Buy price listings may suggest this is …

Latest security update for the AT&T version of the BlackBerry KEYone is getting pushed out now

Here is something you need to remember; just because the AT&T version of the BlackBerry KEYone is black, it is not the Black Edition of the KEYone. The version of the phone available from AT&T sports the same specs as the original KEYone model that features 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. On the other hand, the Black Edition of the BlackBerry KEYone offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. For some reason, that model, and the similarly spec’d Bronze Edition, are not available in the states.

What is available is an update for owners of the AT&T BlackBerry KEYone. According …

BlackBerry Power Center receives update

The BlackBerry Power Center app has received an update in the Google Play Store. The app helps you optimize the power usage of your Android powered BlackBerry handset, so that you can make sure that your phone has power when you need it the most. You can decide on a power configuration for each app, including those titles that constantly eat energy as though it were Cracker Jack out of a box.

With the BlackBerry Power Center, you will be told which apps will benefit from battery optimization. Those who install the app get notificatied when a settings change can result in immediate energy …

Unlocked BlackBerry Motion is now available in the US (compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T)

BlackBerry Mobile today
released the BlackBerry Motion in the US, allowing customers to get the
phone either from Best Buy, or Amazon. As previously announced, the BlackBerry
Motion is sold unlocked (at least for now), being priced at $449.99. The
smartphone comes with 1-year US
warranty, and is compatible only with GSM/LTE carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile,
Cricket Wireless, and Tracfone.

 

The Motion is the very first BlackBerry smartphone to feature
dust- and water-resistance, thanks to its IP67 certification. Unlike the
BlackBerry KeyOne (available in the US since last year), the Motion …

BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition unveiled, two new BlackBerry phones coming in 2018

TCL, the company that owns the BlackBerry smartphone brand, has just announced it will expand its portfolio with two new BlackBerry phones, which will land later this year. Depending on how well they will be received, additional smartphones may be introduced by the end of 2018.

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.