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How to change icon layout on the BlackBerry Motion

Rearrange icons effortlessly on the BlackBerry Motion with these simple steps!

With a few simple tweaks, you can tailor the BlackBerry Motion so it looks and feels exactly how you want it to. Whether you just want the interface to fit your style, or you have a specific arrangement that will help you get things done quickly, these customization tips will be good to know.

How to move home screen icons on the BlackBerry Motion

  1. Tap and hold an icon on the screen.
  2. Drag to a desired location. Move to either left or right edge to place on another home screen.
  3. Release on desired location.

How to remove home screen icons or widgets on the BlackBerry Motion

  1. Tap and hold an icon or widget on the home screen.
  2. Drag and release to the Remove section at the top-left of the screen.
  3. Alternatively, flick upwards after holding and the icon or widget will be removed.

How to make icon folders on the BlackBerry Motion

  1. Tap and hold an icon on the home screen.
  2. Drag it over another icon until a box appears around them. Do so quickly, otherwise the second icon will just shift position so the first can replace its spot.
  3. Tap the folder to view all icons inside. Tap New Folder at the bottom to type in a label for the folder.

How to add home screen icons on the BlackBerry Motion

  1. Tap the All apps icon at the bottom in the middle of the screen.
  2. Tap and hold the icon you wish to place.
  3. Drag the icon to the desired position. Drag it to either edge of the screen to place it on a different home screen. A gray shadow of the icon will preview its position. Other icons and widgets will attempt to reposition to make room for it.
  4. Release at the desired position.

How to add home screen widgets on the BlackBerry Motion

  1. Tap and hold a blank area of the home screen.
  2. Tap Widgets in the bar along the bottom.
  3. Swipe up and down through the list to view available widgets.
  4. Tap and hold the widget you wish to place.
  5. Drag the widget to the desired position. Drag it to either edge of the screen to place it on a different home screen. A gray shadow of the widget will preview its position. Other icons and widgets will attempt to reposition to make room for it.
  6. Release at the desired position.
  7. Some widgets can be resized. Press and hold a widget, then release. Each side of the widget will have dots that you can drag to resize.

How to change BlackBerry Motion icons

  1. Tap and hold a blank area of the home screen.
  2. Tap Icon packs in the bar along the bottom.
  3. Tap the icon pack.
  4. A preview of the icon set will pop up. Tap Set in the bottom-right to make the pack active.
  5. If you don't have any icon packs installed, tap the icon in the top-right to launch the Play Store and search for icon packs to download.

How to turn on the dark theme on the BlackBerry Motion

  1. Tap and hold a blank area of the home screen.
  2. Tap Settings in the bar along the bottom.
  3. Tap Theme.
  4. Select Dark, or back to Light.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Q4 results and outlook

Speaking with BBN on the BlackBerry earning results, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has the company firing on all cylinders to execute on the software strategy. With the pivot and transition behind them and the software story in clear focus, Chen has BlackBerry on the up and up hiring 1000 new employees during 2016 and right-sizing the company in the process, the company has approximately 4000 employees. At the time of writing the $BBRY stock is up over 12%.

A new BlackBerry tablet might kick off second phase of software licensing

BlackBerry CEO John Chen spoke with candor this morning on the earnings call about the next phase in BlackBerry's licensing strategy. In particular, he mentions one of the company's partners is very excited to build a tablet based on Android. He clarifies this is part of an expansion phase of the software licensing program.

PRIV named one of the most secure Android smartphones of 2016

Google's annual Android Security Review names PRIV one of the most secure smartphones of last year. While rather unsurprising to most of us here, there are some areas of the report that BlackBerry's software efforts receive some substantial kudos.

Ford hires 400 BlackBerry employees for connected car expansion

Ford Motor Co. is hiring 400 engineers from BlackBerry's mobility solutions unit to expand Ford's computing expertise as they work to address the future of connected cars.

Ford will open a Research and Engineering Centre in Ottawa to accommodate this move. The BlackBerry engineers are valued because they have extensive experience with the QNX operating system that powers Ford's next generation infotainment system SYNC 3.

In shareholder letter, Prem Watsa highlights why he continues to bet on John Chen

In a letter to shareholders published earlier this month, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Prem Watsa shared some of the achievements made throughout 2016. While the subject of BlackBerry was but one paragraph in the 24-page letter, it's an excellent perspective on BlackBerry CEO John Chen's turnaround progress from the eyes of one of the company's biggest investors.

CrackBerry Podcast - Up & UP

We're back from NYC and wanted to touch base with everyone on what we've been up to as we close out the month of March. A little AtHoc authorization, plenty of style ring mobile accessory talk and of course recaps on the epic CrackBerry Kevin interview with Cheddar and his overall impressions on the big turnout and positive KEYone feedback from our New York City Meetup.

Download this free BlackBerry KEYone shield wallpaper!

Good ole Pootermobile is at it again, this time dropping some cool new KEYone typography and the BlackBerry security shield in his latest wallpaper.

If you're digging the wallpaper, or change your wallpaper regularly, I get it. Here's something new for your home screen to get you in new device spirit!

This prompted me to ask if Marco could create a special version just for us here on CB.

With the image reworked and a sweet orange shield, it feels right at home here on CrackBerry. I even mocked it up on the BlackBerry KEYone for sheer drool factor. You're welcome.

Shout out to Pootermobile for keeping our device screens fresh. Download links can be found below for each color variant.

Download KEYone Shield Wallpaper

A closer look at the BlackBerry Privacy Shade app

I love seeing new productivity and security apps from BlackBerry. As BlackBerry takes on a pivot to software and services, it's sometimes hard to connect the dots as to what that means for general consumers. If you look closely, however, you'll see ample signs of the quiet innovations in software that users like you and I will get to enjoy.

BlackBerry KEYone User Reactions from CrackBerry's Miami Meetup!

CrackBerry Kevin brought in the BlackBerry KEYone heat to Miami last Friday, and it was a blast! We held the meetup at The Anderson. Great ambiance, artfully crafted cocktails, and the venue packed with BlackBerry fans from all over Florida. Early in the evening, the energy was high and everyone in good spirits. As I worked the floor taking in everyone's perspectives it was incredible to see how diverse the meetup group was, so many prosumers from different walks of life; doctors, realtors, project managers, it was an eclectic group, and we were thrilled to have them all as our guests.

New Android BBM update arriving on devices with UI overhaul

Looking for a new BBM update? BBM for Android version is rolling out now to supported devices, and there's a solid changelog to go along with the version bump. Not only is there a substantial UI overhaul that has added new options to chats but there's also layout tweaks to the main navigation menu. The biggest new addition is the quick reply notification support for Android N. Nougat devices like the upcoming KEYone and the now available Aurora will have a smooth BBM experience without the application loading every time you fire off a quick response.

Spring into Savings with deals on Priv by BlackBerry and top accessories!

Looking to get a new device at a discount? Lucky for you with the change of season upon us ShopBlackBerry storefronts are starting to offer spring savings. Celebrate the start of the new season when you purchase a BlackBerry Priv or top accessories up to 40% off.

BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher brings desktop productivity to mobile

Following the release of BlackBerry UEM the company is expanding the software offerings to enterprise users. In a video published to the BlackBerry YouTube account, we're getting a closer look at the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher and how it offers value to businesses.

The re-imagined BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher is a powerful mobile desktop solution that packs secure and approved applications and tools all in one place. This robust solution works to streamline business workflows and reduce the need to open and close multiple apps over and over. The BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher can be integrated by developers into their business apps to extend critical functionality right into the BlackBerry Dynamics platform.

BlackBerry explains why your car is safe with QNX Automotive

BlackBerry COO Marty Beard has taken to Inside BlackBerry explaining how BlackBerry QNX can safeguard your vehicle. Documents published by WikiLeaks unveiled investigations from the CIA that listed BlackBerry QNX as a potential target for hacking.

Here are the Android apps that integrate with BlackBerry Hub

You asked, and we answered. Here are the 10+ Android social/messaging applications that integrate with BlackBerry Hub for Android. Over the various updates and releases, BlackBerry has added a multitude of social media connections to expand the usability of the BlackBerry Hub for Android. Users can utilize the application as a unified communication inbox for everything from emails to Instagram notifications.

With these advancements, the BlackBerry applications have become more widely available with the Hub+ Suite of BlackBerry apps supporting Android devices running Android 5.0 and higher. The BlackBerry Hub also supports Gmail, Yahoo!,, Microsoft Exchange accounts, and many IMAP and POP3 email providers.

Currently, the following apps are supporting within BlackBerry Hub for Android:

  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook
  3. Facebook Messenger
  4. LinkedIn
  5. Whatsapp
  6. BBM
  7. Instagram
  8. Pinterest
  9. Slack
  10. Skype
  11. Skype for Business
  12. Viber
  13. WeChat
  14. Line
  15. Kik
  16. Telegram
  17. Hangouts
  18. Signal
  19. BBM Enterprise
  20. QQ
  21. TextNow
  22. Facebook lite
  23. Messenger lite

BlackBerry has done an admirable job adding in loads of social integration for the BlackBerry Hub on Android. Users can get a lot of value from having just one place to check for all their most important notifications. Kik and Telegram support adds to the BETA release of the Hub+ Suite, and we expect it will go public sooner rather than later. There's been a steady flow of updates to the Hub+ Suite on Android, and we're looking forward to seeing what else will come considering the upcoming releases of the BlackBerry KEYone and dual-SIM BlackBerry Aurora. We'll keep this post updated with the current information on account support within the BlackBerry Hub for Android.

Did we miss any with this list? Let us know down below.

Download BlackBerry Hub for Android

This post was updated on June 15, 2017, to reflect new apps being added to the supported list.

A look back at the CrackBerry Meetup and BlackBerry KEYone launch in Barcelona!

Flying into Barcelona was a convergence of sorts. Numerous Mobile Nations ambassadors, moderators and select CrackBerry members all braved the long international trek. We gathered in Barcelona to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of CrackBerry on the eve of BlackBerry Mobile's launch for KEYone. As teased on the CrackBerry reunion podcast 001, the then 'Mercury' was going to make a special appearance pre-launch and everyone was anxious to socialize and go hands-on at the CrackBerry Meetup.

Heavy Duty Trucking recognizes BlackBerry Radar as top innovator

Heavy Duty Trucking has compiled a top 20 list of key products in 2017 and BlackBerry Radar Asset Tracking made the short-list. HDT's editors get to see so many new products in the trucking industry and selected products based off their level of innovation, ability to address significant industry issues and potential to benefits to a truck fleet's bottom line.

BlackBerry KEYone Hands-On Video Roundup

With BlackBerry Mobile finally unveiling all there is to know about the BlackBerry KEYone at Mobile World Congress 2017, we're already starting to see plenty of hands-on impressions of the device, and thus far, the media seems to be taking to it very well. KEYone has even won a handful of awards and really, there is a lot to like about the device including its 4.5-inch screen with a full 4-row QWERTY keyboard, unique fingerprint sensor embedded in the spacebar and Sony IMX378 12MP camera sensor, the same used in the Google Pixel. But don't just take our word for it. Check out these videos below to get a well-rounded impression of the KEYone before it becomes available in April.

Alleged images of new BB Merah Putih BlackBerry-branded device emerge

While much of the focus has been on the BlackBerry KEYone built by BlackBerry Mobile, alleged new images of the device better known as BBC100-1 built by PT BB Merah Putih for the Indonesian market have now emerged. These images detail a lower-end product that's built keenly for the market. Previous rumors have this device running a Snapdragon 425 clocked at 1.4 GHz and sporting a large, 5.5-inch screen at 720p HD, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

Download this free BlackBerry Secure wallpaper!

It's become increasingly diverse the ways with which we can show our support for BlackBerry. Be it in smartphones, or enterprise software, collaboration tools or communication platforms there's a core tenant that BlackBerry upholds - security. Share that message loud and proud on your home screen with this BlackBerry Secure wallpaper designed by @Pootermobile - go download his app for BB10 smartphones while you're at it.