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How to check your keyboard stats on the BlackBerry Priv or DTEK50

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How to check your keyboard stats on the BlackBerry Priv or DTEK50

As part of the September update for the BlackBerry Keyboard app on Android, BlackBerry introduced a new feature called Keyboard Stats. As the name implies, keyboard stats offers up detailed statistics about your BlackBerry keyboard usage such as characters typed, words predicted, emoji used, how many words were auto corrected and more. If you're interested in those details, here's how you can access them.

DTEK50 owners, be sure to update your BlackBerry Beta Zone profile!

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Did you pick up a brand new BlackBerry DTEK50? If so, you'll want to make sure you go ahead and update your BlackBerry Beta Zone profile as well to show the proper device. Changing your profile is all rather easy, but here are the steps to walk you through it.

How to install Android Marshmallow on your AT&T branded Priv when not using an AT&T SIM

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Now that AT&T has officially released Android Marshmallow for the BlackBerry Priv, I'm sure many of you out there who took advantage of those unlocked AT&T branded Priv deals but not actually using the device on AT&T are wondering how you can get in on the Marshmallow action as well.

Previously, it was noted that BlackBerry was working on a solution but, there have been no status changes in that area yet. Luckily, though, you don't really have to wait for BlackBerry. Along with the official AT&T release, an 'autoloader' file was released, which in this case can be used to install Android Marshmallow on your AT&T branded Priv when not using an AT&T SIM.

BlackBerry Priv Android 6.0.1 AAE570 system release notes

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For as good as BlackBerry has been about offering up release notes for their monthly security updates, when it comes to issuing release notes for any one specific OS update, they have been slightly less reliable. The last batch of release notes was made available on December 7, 2015, for OS AAD027 and AAD028. But now that Android 6.0.1 has arrived, BlackBerry has made available the release notes for OS AAE570.

BlackBerry Priv Android 6.0.1 AAE570 system release notes

Truthfully, the release notes are not really all that interesting but if you want to get a really deeper look at what was 'fixed' in Android 5.1.1 through Android 6.0.1, this is the list you'll want to review.

How to enable the swipe to type feature on the BlackBerry Priv keyboard

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BlackBerry Keyboard update adds new swipe to type feature to the Priv

Now that the BlackBerry Keyboard app for Priv has reached version 2.0, one of the standout features has been the new swipe to type option. It's a feature already available through other keyboard apps on Android and but it's a welcome feature to the BlackBerry Keyboard for the Priv, over and above the usual flick typing that BlackBerry users love. If you're looking to learn how to use it, check out the instructions and video.

How to change the icon pack on the BlackBerry Launcher on your Priv

How to change the icon pack on the BlackBerry Launcher on your Priv

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BlackBerry 10 didn't give us many options in terms of themes and visual customization as we got with BlackBerry OS and it was something that I missed, as I'm sure a lot of others missed too. If you've moved to the BlackBerry Priv, however, you should know that Android supports theming options and there are plenty of icon packs and launchers you can try out to give your Priv the look you want.

How to turn off Twitter's 'best Tweets first' algorithm

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Once upon a time, Twitter worked in the following way: Someone posted a tweet. Then someone else would tweet. Then you would see these tweets in your timeline, in the order they were sent. And because chronological order isn't good enough for social services any more (too predictable and rigid and not as easily monetized, or something like that), Twitter is by default now showing you the "best tweets first."

Turn off Twitter's 'best Tweets first' algorithm

Whatever the hell that means.

How to enable Wi-Fi calling on your BlackBerry Priv

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How to enable WiFi calling on your BlackBerry Priv

The BlackBerry Priv has support for Wi-Fi calling, which means that you can make and receive calls over Wi-Fi, even if you have limited or no mobile network coverage. However, while the Priv supports the feature, your service provider will have to support it too. If you're lucky enough to be with a carrier that supports Wi-Fi calling such as T-Mobile, this tutorial is for you. We'll help to get you going.

How to find, lock or erase your BlackBerry Priv from Android Device Manager

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How to find, lock or erase your BlackBerry Priv from Android Device Manager

Losing your phone is not really a situation you want to be in but it is something that can happen. If you do find yourself in such a situation you can use Android Device Manager to remotely locate, secure or erase your BlackBerry Priv. The last thing you want is for your data to be accessible. Let's help you make sure your phone is set up for any eventuality.

How to disable pre-installed apps and delete downloaded apps on the BlackBerry Priv

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How to uninstall and disable applications on a BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android

As you know, the BlackBerry Priv comes pre-installed with a handful of BlackBerry apps, to help ease existing users into the Android world. Some people are loving the apps, such as the Hub while others would rather not use it. If you're part of the latter group, then you'll be happy to know that you can disable the apps. You can disable the use of any of the pre-loaded apps. What about the apps you download from the Google Play store and no longer want? You can delete those, quickly and easily too.

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