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As I type this it's just after midnight and I'm lying in bed in my hotel room in NYC about to go to sleep. I need to catch some quality ZZzz's because tomorrow kicks off a world wind tour of CrackBerry craziness! We'll be hitting up 5 cities in 5 days as we continue to celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry with our CrackBerry KEYone World Tour!
I also have some other quick updates to share, so keep reading for more. Keep in mind I'll probably be a little quiet on the CrackBerry article front this week, so be sure to follow @crackberrykevin on Twitter and Instagram (you can find me on BBM Channels still too), so you don't miss out on any of the action this week - we'll be sharing a lot as we meet more BlackBerry fans IRL! At the end of this week we'll be at over 15 CrackBerry meetups in 2017 with a total attendance between them of nearly 2,000 people. Amazing!
CrackBerry Meetups This Week
If you live in/near one of the cities we're visiting, hit the links below to jump over to official Meetup Page for full details and to RSVP.
- Boston - Monday, June 19th
- Washington, D.C. - Tuesday, June 20th
- Atlanta - Wednesday, June 21st
- Dallas - Thursday, June 22nd
- Chicago - Friday, June 23rd
All attendees will have a chance to go hands on with the BlackBerry KEYone and we'll be giving one away at each event!
Monday's Boston meetup is sure to be a blast. Boston is the hometown of Michael Fisher aka MrMobile, so we'll be doubling up on the meetup fun. Bla1ze will be there from CrackBerry too, as well James Nieves who will be overseeing the KEYone demo area. James will also be at our Washington DC and Atlanta meetups too!
A Memorable Saturday in NYC at Yankee Stadium
If you follow the CrackBerry team on social, you may have noticed a reunion of sorts was taking place this weekend in NYC. BlackBerry Mobile sponsorship took over Yankee stadium for the NYCFC vs. Seattle Sounders match up and as part of the activities BlackBerry Mobile hosted 40 CrackBerry fans in a sweet suite to take in the game.
It was an awesome event and nice to see BlackBerry KEYone advertising come to life. Huge thanks to BlackBerry Mobile for hosting and inviting so many passionate fans. I know everyone in attendance had a blast!
BlackBerry KEYone Durability Test Giveaway Deadline!
If you're reading this you've likely already watched the BlackBerry KEYone Durabilty Test video I posted to Youtube a few days ago. The reaction to the video has been fantastic. I don't like destroying phones, but in this case it had to be done and I'm glad the video turned out to be entertaining as well as informative. It's now at over 300k views! If you didn't watch it yet, you can watch it below (and if you did watch it, watch it again!):
At the end of video I make note that if you leave a comment on the YouTube video or this article that you'll be entered for a chance to win a KEYone. For those who have been asking, the deadline on this giveaway will be Midnight on Sunday, June 25th and we'll announce the winner early the following week. Good luck!
Will Android Nougat come to the DTEK 50/60 and Priv?!
This question continues to pop up daily in CrackBerry land.. in the forums, on article comments, in my inbox and on my social feeds. For the most part, the answer I tell people is "don't get your hopes up - don't think these devices will get updated and you should probably just buy a KEYone." Given that BlackBerry is out of the hardware business and it's leaving that now to its licensee partners, to me this makes sense (they'd want to minimize their investment in supporting hardware if that's no longer their primary focus).
Of course, given BlackBerry's commitment on security updates, it could make sense for an update to be issued as it may prove easier to keep these devices up to date if they're all on the latest/same versions of Android.
For the record, I sent John Chen's Office an email asking for an update to this question so we can (hopefully) finally get a definitive answer on it. Fingers are crossed we'll have an official statement on this soon. My hunch is still that my current answer probably is the most accurate one.
In case you were wondering on the title of this Editor's Desk post, it's a bit of a throw back to a 1991 episode of The Simpsons titled Mr. Lisa goes to Washington. Lisa won a school essay writing contest and was invited along with her family to Washington DC to compete against other students. USA A-OK was the title of the essay that ultimately won the contest. For some reason it popped into my head while writing this. :)
Finally, a big Happy Father's day goes to all the dads out there reading this. Hope you made it a great day!