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BlackBerry KEYone back in stock at Amazon and Best Buy!

When it comes to stock availability of the BlackBerry KEYone at Amazon or Best Buy, things have been a bit hit or miss. Now, though, that appears to be clearing up as both Amazon and Best Buy currently have the GSM and CDMA unlocked BlackBerry KEYone available for shipping.

BlackBerry 'BBD100-1' passes through Bluetooth SIG for certification

While rumors of the BlackBerry 'Krypton' and 'Juno' continue to add up, one of those rumored devices also known as BBD100-1 has now passed through the Bluetooth SIG for certification. According to the UAprofs that were found earlier, this device, could be viewed as a follow-up to the DTEK series based on the rumored specs.

BlackBerry once again recognized by Gartner for Critical Capabilities in High-Security Mobility Management

For the second year in a row, Gartner has awarded BlackBerry with the highest score in 6 out of 6 use cases in its Critical Capabilities for High-Security Mobility Management report. As noted in a post from Chief Operating Officer at BlackBerry, Marty Beard, out of the 15 vendors evaluated, BlackBerry achieved the highest score in all six use cases.

  • Highest score in High-Security Government Grade
  • Highest score in High-Security Commercial
  • Highest score in Shared Data
  • Highest score in Shared Devices
  • Highest score in Non-Employee
  • Highest score in Bring Your Own (BYO)

We believe it's all validation that our overall strategy – building a safer world by securing, connecting, and mobilizing the Enterprise of Things – is working, noted Beard.

In addition to the noted six use cases in Critical Capabilities for High-Security Mobility Management, BlackBerry also received the highest score in two use cases in Gartner's 2017 Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Mobility Management for Regulated Industries and Unmanaged Device Support. You can download the full Gartner report right here or check out the post on the Inside BlackBerry blogs.

BlackBerry Repeats as Highest Scorer in All Six out of Six Use Cases in Gartner's 2017 Critical Capabilities for High Security Mobility Management Report

CrackBerry Not-A-Podcast: Randomness and Goodness

On this episode, we discuss BlackBerry Mobile at IFA, CrackBerrry Berlin meet up, AT&T releasing the Space Black KEYone and more!

Annnnd we're back with another CrackBerry podcast. This week, we're full of randomness and goodness as we discuss BlackBerry Mobile's plans for IFA, our CrackBerry Meet up in Berlin, AT&T releasing the Space Black KEYone and BBM - is it still a great messaging app or has it become a dumpster fire? This one clocks in at just a little bit over an hour, so settle in. We'll get the audio up ASAP.

Verizon BlackBerry Priv owners now have software AAN368 available for download

If you have a Verizon BlackBerry Priv, your wait for the latest update is now over. Verizon has now begun sending out software AAN368 which is noted to have been tested to optimize device performance, resolve known issues and apply the latest security patches.

BlackBerry rolls out new versions of Hub Suite+ core apps

As we near the end of the month, BlackBerry has now rolled out some updates to most of their core apps on the Google Play Store . This time around, most of the updates go beyond just bug fixes and performance improvements, so you're going to want to get them downloaded as soon as possible.

BlackBerry Hub

  • Additional Hub integrations: we now support Skype Lite, Zalo, and KakaoTalk accounts.
  • Improved Search capability: Quickly search all messages with the same sender or subject from the More Actions menu.
  • "Help Receive Emails Quicker": With this newly-added setting, you can receive emails quicker when BlackBerry Hub is running in the background.
  • Other minor e-mail improvements: readability of wide tables in e-mail messages for the "Resize email to fit screen" setting, and improved readability of e-mail messages in Ukrainian language.
  • Notification enhancements: The notification tray remains open after tapping an action icon in a Hub notification, enabling you to triage multiple Hub notifications at a time.
  • Admin enhancements: S/MIME can now be configured to use LDAP for certificate lookup when used in a managed profile. Using app config in Hub+ Services, an admin can configure it such that Chrome in the work profile uses single sign-on. This allows their users to only enter their username/password once per session when navigating internal work sites using Chrome.

BlackBerry Keyboard

  • Quick Modes make it easier for you to toggle between multiple modes via a toolbar. These modes include:
  • Dictation Mode: Access to voice input and settings for dictating messages.
  • Emoji Mode: Quick entry to the emoji mode to select from hundreds of available emojis and the most recently used ones.
  • Text Selection Mode: Access to improved fine cursor control with a joystick-like controller to give you better maneuverability. Also, easily select, select all, cut, copy and paste text, URLs and emojis.
  • Clipboard Mode: An advanced clipboard which remembers all your copied text, URLs and emojis so you can easily paste previously copied content.
  • Password Keeper Integration: Easily enter your stored passwords in login fields, if you use the BlackBerry Password Keeper with its Autofill feature.


Grid Customization: Now under Launcher settings, you can take more control over the home screen of your BlackBerry device. There are 3 added customizations to change the launcher:

  • Icon size: Allows for 5 different sizes.
  • Grid Columns: Change the number of columns from 4 to 7.
  • Grid Rows: Change the number of rows from 3 to 7.

Calendar & Contacts

  • Work Week View: A new work week view with adjustable start date/end date.
  • Event Edit and Creation Enhancements: Landscape view now available for editing and creation of calendar events.
  • Contact Icon Refresh: New look for the contacts app, with redesigned icons throughout.

Productivity Tab

  • Add Item: Each tab now also has an add item button, making it easier to work within the productivity tab.
  • Free/Busy Time: Updated UX tweak to show your free or busy time with a nice visual indicator.


  • Usability Enhancements: You can now choose to save an image to a specific location on the phone.

Privacy Shade

  • Reading Window Resizing: Need to hide or see a bit more on the screen? We've added the ability to choose between three different sizes for the viewing area.
  • Turn the lens off and use Privacy Shade as a screen dimmer
  • Choose whether to allow the Privacy Shade to cover your phone's virtual keyboard

In addition to the noted updates, there are also a few others such as DTEK and BlackBerry Power Centre that have also been updated. Hit up the Google Play Store and check for updates right now, you should see them all listed and ready for download.

Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone now available from Walmart Canada

After an initial misfire on availability from Walmart, the retailer has once again opened the doors to orders for unlocked versions of the BlackBerry KEYone in Canada. Through the Walmart site, unlocked versions of the BlackBerry KEYone are available for $729.98 with free shipping and can be received in as little as two days depending on where you live. Walmart doesn't list how many they have in stock, so you might not want to wait too long to place your order in case they sell out.

See the BlackBerry KEYone at Walmart

BlackBerry KEYone in space black arrives exclusively at AT&T starting September 1

While Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to announce the availability of the BlackBerry KEYone, AT&T has chosen a different route and together with BlackBerry Mobile have now announced they will be carrying their own exclusive space black version of the KEYone starting September 1.

BlackBerry KEYone will be available in Chile starting in September

Chile has been now announced as the first country in Latin America to launch the BlackBerry KEYone with availability starting in September. When it arrives, the KEYone will be available to purchase from Movistar and Falabella.

Here's what KEYone and Motion owners need to know about Android Oreo

With Android 8.0 Oreo announced as coming to the BlackBerry KEYone and Motion chances are you're interested in what, exactly that means in terms of new features and enhancements. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a bit longer see Oreo on a BlackBerry KEYone or Motion but the folks over at Android Central have produced a pretty awesome video showing off the important bits. Here are some of the highlights in Oreo:

Sprint now rolling out AAN982 update for the BlackBerry KEYone

If you purchased your BlackBerry KEYone from Sprint, now is a good time to go ahead and check for updates. A new update, marked as build number AAN982, has started rolling out to Sprint customers. As expected, it has all the right parts for the August Android security update but there could be specific fixes to Sprint, by way of the Sprint Mobile ID app, which had a bug causing it to reinstall Sprint pre-loaded apps repeatedly whenever one was removed or disabled.

Sprint noted at the time the bug was found that that wasn't the way the app was supposed to work and promised an update would be released quickly to address the issue and with this update now rolling out, it seems like those fixes might be in here as well. We've reached out to BlackBerry Mobile and Sprint to confirm and will update this post when we know for sure but in the meantime, you can see if the update is there and waiting for you now.

How to update software on the BlackBerry KEYone

  1. From the homescreen, tap the launcher icon to enter the application grid.
  2. Under the Apps section scroll down to the Updates application.
  3. Tap Updates app to view current Build Number
  4. Manually check for updates by tapping Check for updates now text.
  5. Your device will prompt you with new updates or display your System is up to date

Once downloaded and installed, which should only take a few minutes, your device will be running build AAN982. If you're not seeing it as of yet, hang tight it will be along shortly. You can also swing by the CrackBerry Forums and let us know how the update went when you get it downloaded.

Discuss more in the CrackBerry Forums

CrackBerry Poll: How do you feel about the latest BBM update?

Last week, the latest BBM update was pushed out to the masses that contained a number of changes to how the app looks visually, how stickers are displayed and categorized plus BBM groups are now easier to manage. Really, the changes have been ongoing for months now, though, it finally looks like the BBM team might have settled on the most recent changes.

Rogers begins rollout of AAN517 update for the BlackBerry KEYone

If you purchased your BlackBerry KEYone from Rogers and have been waiting for the latest update to be rolled out, you'll want to go ahead and check for updates. As of this morning, Rogers KEYone owners have reported receiving build number AAN517, which includes the August Android security updates as well as few under the hood changes such as improvements for Bluetooth connections, WiFi connections, and overall improved OS stability.

BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility software will support iOS 11 on launch day

As Apple prepares to release iOS 11 to the masses, those who work with Apple services must also be prepared and that certainly includes BlackBerry. As announced on the Inside BlackBerry blog, when Apple does make iOS 11 official, BlackBerry UEM, BlackBerry Dynamics, and all BlackBerry productivity apps such as BlackBerry Work will be ready with iOS 11 compatibility.

BlackBerry KEYone and Motion will receive an upgrade to Android Oreo

Google has now officially taken the wraps off of Android 8.0 Oreo and if you're a KEYone owner, you're probably wondering if your device will receive Google's latest and greatest. To find out, we reached out to BlackBerry Mobile and had a representative confirm that yes, indeed, the BlackBerry KEYone will receive an upgrade to Android Oreo. Additionally, the BlackBerry Motion will also get an upgrade to Android Oreo.

The latest BlackBerry Launcher includes BB10 and BB7 icon packs

So you downloaded the latest BlackBerry Launcher and have been using it, but did you know it also includes two new icon packs? If you did, you can skip this. If you didn't, well, here's how you can activate them on your Android-powered BlackBerry. Keep in mind, this update hasn't been sent to all devices yet but has appeared on some KEYones. You can keep checking Google Play for the update.

BlackBerry earns AT&T's Supplier Diversity Award for the fifth year in a row

For the fifth year in a row now, BlackBerry has earned AT&T's Supplier Diversity Award, one of the highest honors AT&T gives to its suppliers. In order to be eligible for the award, a partner must either attain or exceed 21.5% diversity utilization.

BlackBerry Mobile ramps up KEYone marketing!

It's no secret that BlackBerry was rather.. slack.. when it came to marketing their smartphones. But when it comes to BlackBerry Mobile, parent company TCL has plenty of experience with marketing. Experience that they're now putting to work with the BlackBerry KEYone. Over the past few weeks, BlackBerry KEYone ads have been popping up all over the place. Everything from 30-second spots on Fox Sports and ESPN, right down to billboards in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle are being covered.

Using the physical keyboard to adjust manual camera controls on KEYone

BlackBerry Mobile posted a short social video on their YouTube channel highlighting a unique feature found only on BlackBerry Android devices like the Priv and KEYone. While many loyalists are always aware of this feature within our community, it's great to see some marketing happening around this killer BlackBerry exclusive feature.

BlackBerry KEYone now available on EE pay monthly plans from Carphone Warehouse!

Although Carphone Warehouse has been selling the BlackBerry KEYone since late April, one carrier missing from their Pay Monthly offers has been EE. No more, though, as EE Pay Monthly plans are now available alongside the BlackBerry KEYone along with the network benefits EE offers.