BlackBerry Stories February 11

Just a month after claiming that the company was not dead, it seems that OnwardMobility’s aim of bringing a 5G BlackBerry to market is, in fact, dead.

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BlackBerry Stories August 19, 2020

Despite being ditched by TCL earlier this year, BlackBerry looks to have risen from the dead meaning we’ll see new smartphones with 5G connectivity and physical keyboards.

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BlackBerry Stories February 3, 2020

In the past few years, BlackBerry has made a return to the smartphone market, thanks to a partnership with TCL. But today, BlackBerry announced its Android smartphones are done, with current models being discontinued later this year.

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BlackBerry Stories April 19, 2019

BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition coming to the US for $699 w/ extra storage, RAM

If you’ve still got to get that physical QWERTY fix in your life, BlackBerry is here to help. After announcing it back at MWC 2019, the company has just officially launched the BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition in the United States.

BlackBerry Stories February 24, 2019

MWC announcements are in full swing today, and amongst showing off some foldable concepts, TCL is also making some announcements with BlackBerry and Alcatel. The BlackBerry Key2 is getting a new variant with a slick red paint job and Alcatel just unveiled four new Android devices. Here’s what you need to know.

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BlackBerry Stories December 5, 2018

BlackBerry Key2 LE ‘Atomic’ red color now available in the US for $499, ‘Champagne’ too

Earlier this year, the BlackBerry Key2 LE was announced as a less expensive version of our favorite physical keyboard smartphone. This week, the gorgeous red BlackBerry Key2 LE, aka “Atomic,” has officially launched in the United States.

BlackBerry Stories October 2, 2018

BlackBerry Key2 LE goes up for pre-order in US for $449, shipping October 12th

We didn’t see too many phones launch at IFA 2018, but one notable device was the BlackBerry Key2 LE. Today, that affordable phone has gone up for pre-order in the States – here’s where to get it.

BlackBerry Stories August 30, 2018

BlackBerry’s Key2 is an expensive smartphone to fit a niche market, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it definitely restricts sales. Today at IFA 2018, BlackBerry has announced the Key2 LE which offers a lot of the same perks, but in a less expensive package.

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BlackBerry Stories August 10, 2018

BlackBerry Key2 LE breaks cover in new image, specs revealed w/ Snapdragon 636

BlackBerry’s Android smartphones aren’t exactly mainstream devices, but the company found a decent amount of success with last year’s KeyOne in a niche market. Now, the Key2 has arrived to improve on things, but with a jump in price as well. We’ve been hearing that a cheaper variant was coming, and today a new image has leaked out with a spec list.

BlackBerry Stories July 18, 2018

BlackBerry ‘Key2 Lite’ shows up in leaked photo, allegedly has ‘same form factor’ as Key2

BlackBerry’s Key2 just launched earlier this Summer, but it seems a second variant could be on its way in the form of the “Key2 Lite.”

BlackBerry Stories July 16, 2018

BlackBerry Keyone gets an Android Oreo invite-only beta release

BlackBerry’s claim to fame with last year’s Keyone was secure software, and while it’s lived up to that promise with quick security updates, the phone fell flat when it came to major updates. Now, Oreo is finally available… in beta

BlackBerry Stories June 21, 2018

BlackBerry Key2 launches on July 13th for $649, pre-orders open June 29th at Amazon, Best Buy

One of the phones I was really excited to spend time with last year was the BlackBerry Keyone, and it proved to be a device I really enjoyed overall. However, earlier this month, the company announced the second generation of that line, and there’s much more reason to be excited. Now, we’re finally getting release details.

BlackBerry Stories June 7, 2018

One of the phones I was most excited to play with last year was the BlackBerry Keyone, the company’s return to physical keyboards, this time powered by Android. Unfortunately, it fell a little short mostly thanks to performance issues. Still, the phone proved fairly popular, and today, we’re getting its successor, the BlackBerry Key2.

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Tune in here to watch the BlackBerry Key2 launch at 7am PT/10am ET [Livestream]

After teasing its upcoming phone last month, BlackBerry is officially unveiling the Key2 today, June 7, at 7am PT / 10am ET. The company will be livestreaming the device’s unveiling live from New York City, and you can watch it right here.

BlackBerry Stories June 4, 2018

We’re just a couple of days out from the debut of the BlackBerry Key2, but we haven’t seen a whole lot in terms of what the phone will look like. Today, we’re getting our best look yet at the final product.

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BlackBerry Stories May 24, 2018

BlackBerry’s Keyone was a surprisingly great phone last year, and now the company is charging up to release its successor. Today, we’re getting our first official sneak peek in a teaser video.

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BlackBerry Stories May 11, 2018

BlackBerry ‘Key2’ to be unveiled on June 7th

It’s still kind of weird to think that BlackBerry is back, but last year’s KeyOne proved that the company had traction. Now, after that unexpected success, the company is preparing its next device.

BlackBerry Stories February 26, 2018

BlackBerry has been trying hard to make its name commonplace in the smartphone market, and a huge part of that was a deal with TCL that brought us the keyboard-toting BlackBerry Keyone. Personally, I love the Keyone, but I made it clear in my review that it wasn’t for everyone. Thus, the sales have been pretty minimal, but the company says it’s pretty happy with that.

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BlackBerry Stories January 15, 2018

If you’re a BlackBerry fan, you probably already know that TCL released the brand’s newest handset — the Motion — overseas back in November. After a long wait, US-based fans will no longer have to be jealous of those who picked up the fully-touchscreen BlackBerry. As announced at CES 2018, the BlackBerry Motion is now available in the US from Amazon and Best Buy.

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BlackBerry Stories January 12, 2018

Hands on: BlackBerry introduced a bronze Keyone, but don’t expect it in the US

At CES 2018, TCL didn’t unveil a new BlackBerry phone per se, but the company did show off a Bronze Edition Keyone. With this addition, TCL is now going to sell three different variations of the Keyone across the globe…

BlackBerry Stories October 9, 2017

BlackBerry officially quit the smartphone business almost exactly a year ago, but the brand name lives on in new devices thanks to a licensing deal with Chinese company TCL.

The KeyOne retained the signature hardware keyboard, but a new model launched yesterday does away with this in favor of an all-touchscreen design …

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BlackBerry Stories September 21, 2017

First alleged photos of the BlackBerry Krypton pop up

TCL’s BlackBerry Keyone from earlier this year might not have been the most impressive or powerful handset of 2017, but it’s certainly one of the more interesting releases that we’ve seen.The Keyone’s nostalgic step back in time is what really caught our attention in our full review, and a handful of new photos have recently popped up that may give us a glance at the next BlackBerry-branded device that’ll hit the market — the Krypton.

BlackBerry Stories August 31, 2017

BlackBerry Keyone: The discrete Black Edition is coming to 30 countries across the globe [Gallery]

At the very beginning of the month, a Limited Edition Black version of the BlackBerry Keyone debuted as an exclusive to India. A few weeks later, AT&T announced that it would be the exclusive carrier of the Space Black Keyone here in the United States. Now, during IFA 2017, TCL has confirmed that the Black Edition Keyone will be expanded to 30 countries across the globe.

BlackBerry Stories August 25, 2017

BlackBerry reported to license out its own Android ROM to other manufacturers

BlackBerry’s first ever Android phone, the Priv, was met with mixed reactions following its release in 2015. The phone got a few things really, really right, but faltered in a few key areas. One of the strong suits for the Priv was its near-stock Android software with a few helpful additions that didn’t bog down the OS. Now, according to a new report, BlackBerry may soon start licensing out its take on Android to other manufacturers.

BlackBerry Stories August 1, 2017

BlackBerry’s Limited Edition Black Keyone gets better specifications, coming to India

Several days ago images of a BlackBerry Keyone surfaced without the silver accents and instead featuring an all-black design. Today BlackBerry has announced the Limited Edition Black Keyone, built by Optiemus and exclusively available in India…

BlackBerry Stories June 12, 2017

Despite some initial issues with performance, BlackBerry’s Keyone is a pretty fantastic smartphone. Last week, though, it was revealed through a durability test that the Keyone has a fairly serious issue — there’s nothing holding down the display. Now, the company is responding to that problem.

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BlackBerry Stories May 31, 2017

BlackBerry’s big release for 2017 is the Keyone, and it has all the potential of being the best phone the company has ever released. In my review earlier this month, I had a lot to say about the device, some of it good, some of it bad. However, now that we’re on the day of launch, I thought it’d be worthwhile to take another quick look at the phone now that the company has been able to adjust things under the hood.

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BlackBerry Stories May 30, 2017

Where to buy the BlackBerry Keyone in the US

BlackBerry’s big release for 2017 is the new Keyone, first revealed back at CES 2017. In the time since we’ve reviewed the device and it holds a lot of promise for those in the target market, and starting tomorrrow, interested buyers will finally have a chance to pick it up.

BlackBerry Stories May 8, 2017

BlackBerry rolling out May security patch, stops selling older devices including Priv

BlackBerry is one of the quickest Android OEMs to push out monthly security updates, sometimes even beating Google to the punch. Now, with the Keyone about to hit the market, BlackBerry has pushed May’s Android security patch to its Android smartphones.

BlackBerry Stories May 6, 2017

How to take, locate, and share screenshots on the BlackBerry Keyone

One of the core functionalities of any smartphone, including the BlackBerry Keyone, is taking a screenshot. Thankfully, BlackBerry decided to stick with the normal Android method when taking a screenshot, using a combination of the power and volume buttons…

How to assign an action or app to the BlackBerry Keyone’s convenience key

As an added convenience, TCL has added an additional hardware button to the right side of the BlackBerry Keyone. Called the Convenience key, that button can be programmed to launch an app, quickly call someone in your phonebook, or even send a quick text message.

BlackBerry Stories May 4, 2017

Our review of the BlackBerry Keyone dropped today and one of the smartphone’s standout features is its physical keyboard. The problem with the physical keyboard, though, is that while some people love using it to quickly write out a message, others dislike it because it’s always there and takes real estate away from a potentially larger display. Could a physical keyboard phone like the Keyone become your daily driver?

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Being a millennial, I grew up using flip phones and, later, “smartphones” from BlackBerry and Palm that offered physical keyboards. I loved these types of phones because I could type on them so much faster than the outgoing T9 format. And as the world moved towards modern day smartphones, I’ve long wished I could get another phone with a physical keyboard.

That was until I used the BlackBerry Keyone for several weeks…

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How to change the BlackBerry Keyone’s recent apps screen layout

Out of the box, the BlackBerry Keyone has a very stock Android look and feel, albeit with some small tweaks. Other than the added BlackBerry security features and applications, one of the biggest differences of the Keyone compared to the stock Android interface is the recent app section’s layout. Thankfully, there is a way to change it…

How to enable/disable the BlackBerry Keyone’s Productivity tab

To help you combine all of your different messages, calendars, and contacts, BlackBerry has built something called the Productivity tab into the Keyone. To make the tab useful, it’s located just a swipe away on the edge of the Keyone’s display. But it doesn’t have to be…

Smartphones have evolved a lot over the years. One of the biggest changes, though, came with the move in popularity from the BlackBerry to the iPhone. It was a jarring transformation, but there’s no question who got it right. Now, nearly a decade later, BlackBerry is a brand that is shocking to hear in the mobile industry, but it’s also one people still fondly remember.

In 2016, BlackBerry tried to make a comeback in the mobile space with the debut of the BlackBerry Priv, an Android-powered slider with a physical keyboard that, well, didn’t do very well. At CES 2017, though, BlackBerry took the wraps off of its latest project with TCL, now known as the Keyone. It made waves in the news as the return to form so many wanted from the company, and now it’s finally for sale. Should you buy it? Let’s take a closer look…


Comment: How BlackBerry fixed the Keyone ahead of its launch


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BlackBerry Stories April 27, 2017

This morning, TCL announced that the BlackBerry Keyone will be making its way to the US and Canada starting on May 31st. Although you might not be able to order the handset just yet, we do have a unit in hand. Here’s a quick slideshow showing you the unboxing experience of the Keyone’s retail packaging…

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First unveiled at this year’s CES, the BlackBerry Keyone (formally known as the Mercury), is the device for those who either love phones with physical keyboards or those who love the BlackBerry brand and everything it represents. It has been a long time coming, but we have officially received word from TCL that the BlackBerry Keyone will be available to purchase in the US and Canada starting on May 31st…

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BlackBerry Stories March 31, 2017

BlackBerry has delayed the KeyOne until May

April is just a day away and is supposed to mark the arrival of two important phones. One of those is the Galaxy S8, one of Android’s biggest releases for the year. The other is the BlackBerry KeyOne, the phone that will play a big role in deciding the company’s future. Unfortunately, the latter has been delayed…

BlackBerry Stories March 9, 2017

BlackBerry is back! Sort of. Recently it was announced that BlackBerry would no longer be making its own hardware, but rather licensing its name and providing the software for devices made by other manufacturers. That method has seen solid results with TCL, who helped bring the DTEK50 and DTEK60 to life, as well as the new KeyOne. Now, though, BlackBerry is working with a new manufacturer on a new phone for Indonesia.

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BlackBerry Stories February 25, 2017

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Today at MWC 2017, BlackBerry and TCL officially unveiled the BlackBerry KeyOne, the device formerly known as the “Mercury.” Since the reveal, the biggest complaint I’ve seen circulating around social media regards the pricing, particularly how high it is. Do you think the KeyOne is overpriced?

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BlackBerry’s “hail mary” just went official, the BlackBerry “KeyOne.” Previously referred to as the “Mercury,” this new device from BlackBerry brings the company’s signature design, including the always available hardware keyboard, along with Android. It certainly grabbed a lot of attention back at CES 2017, but now, we finally know all the remaining details…

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Watch the BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ unveiling on Android, Chromecast, Chrome OS [Livestream]

MWC 2017 takes place this week and to kick things off, BlackBerry is set to unveil its highly-anticipated “Mercury” smartphone. While that’s not the final name, we’ve learned quite a bit about this phone ahead of its release…

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BlackBerry is set to introduce the world to its ‘Mercury’ phone later this morning (or later this evening if you’re in Barcelona), but the phone — now officially known as the “KeyOne” — actually just leaked on BlackBerry’s site. We’ll have a livestream up for you soon if you want to tune in, but almost everything about the phone has now surfaced straight from the horse’s mouth. Keep reading to check out the full specs and a gallery of screenshots from the now-pulled KeyOne website

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BlackBerry Stories February 20, 2017

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Barcelona’s famous fair, the Mobile World Congress, is just around the corner. As always, (almost) all the big names in mobile will join the party to show the latest and greatest coming out of their R&D. And while Samsung’s absence may represent a hit for the general vibe of the coming days, there will certainly be no shortage of new products and announcements.

So let’s dig through them a bit…

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BlackBerry Stories January 27, 2017

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Following its switch to Android, BlackBerry has released some solid devices, but nothing impressive. We have high hopes for the upcoming “Mercury,” which we saw at CES 2017 earlier this month, but it’s definitely going to have an uphill battle. Now, rumor has it the “Mercury” will bring the same camera sensor that is packed inside of Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

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BlackBerry Stories January 24, 2017

BlackBerry’s ‘Mercury’ Android phone will be announced Feb. 25 at MWC

Earlier this month at CES 2017, we got to go hands-on with the latest Blackberry handset codenamed “Mercury.” Even though we were able to take a look at the phone, we weren’t given any specific details about the device — including its official name. In a Tweet, Blackberry has confirmed that the “Mercury” will be announced on February 25th at Mobile World Congress…

BlackBerry Stories January 4, 2017

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It’s been an interesting ride for BlackBerry over the years as the company has moved out of the public spotlight over the past several years. Last month TCL announced a new partnership to build BlackBerry phones, and at a closed press event at CES 2017, the company has now revealed what is in store for BlackBerry, including giving us an early look at some unreleased hardware.

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