Android 7.0 Nougat brings many subtle refinements to the Android OS experience. This version brings new features and build on existing functionality. In this guide you'll learn about give great Android Nougat features you can start using on your BlackBerry KEYone right away.

Split Screen Multitasking

Want to play a YouTube video while responding to a text message or email simultaneously? With Android Nougat on your BlackBerry KEYone, your device supports split-screen multitasking out of the box.The easiest way to enable this is to long press the Recents Key (◻) while in a supported app. The app will minimize to half the screen allowing you to launch another app below it. As an added benefit you have a physical keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone so you don't have to fumble around with a virtual keyboard when multitasking which gives you more free space to enjoy on screen content.

Quick App Switching

On BlackBerry KEYone you can quickly switch between your two most recently opened applications by double-tapping the Recents Key (◻). This is a quick way to save time moving back and forth between two applications without having to rifle through the entire open apps list. Odds are you'll really only need to move between two apps at a time to move or transpose information between them, so this a handy additive that's packed in with Android 7 Nougat that you can take advantage of on BlackBerry KEYone.

Quick Reply System Notifications

Notifications on Android Nougat are now stacked by type so you have more organization to the different kinds of incoming notifications. Along with this redesign quick reply support has been built into the operating system which means you'll be able to send quick reply messages to your contacts without having to launch fully into the application. When you get notifications you'll see a text area below the notification where you can seamlessly add your reply and hit send. This is a huge time saver and it's great that it works across the OS so that there's consistency with the interface.

Doze on the Go

Doze reduces battery consumption by deferring background CPU and network activity for apps when the device is unused for long periods of time. This now works on the go on Nougat meaning your device is always working to minimize background tasks and extend your battery life. There's nothing user-facing here that you'll need to interact with but it's a noticeable benefit you'll enjoy when using your BlackBerry KEYone on the latest version of Android 7.1 Nougat. There are other data saving option you can access within the device settings to take this optimization even further to maximize your battery life.

Refined Settings App

There's an updated layout and user interface with Android 7 Nougat. Not only do you have the default list view you can scroll through that you're familiar with but you can swipe a side menu out from the left to make navigation in the settings app much less tedious. For instance, if you're at the bottom of the settings app you can pull out the side menu and jump directly into the next section you're looking to explore. It's a small detail that really makes navigation much more enjoyable on the device when searching through the numerous settings options available on BlackBerry KEYone.

With these five great features in your arsenal, you're ready to make the most of Android Nougat on the BlackBerry KEYone.

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BlackBerry KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry’s software and security with TCL Communication’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers around the world.

Beyond the iconic BlackBerry design that’s been curated for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of additional features that truly reinvents communications for the professional consumer.

  • Built to last – An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made reliable for the demanding user, the BlackBerry KEYone combines a sleek aluminum frame and soft grip textured back built to offer the best in durability.
  • Runs Android™ 7.1 Nougat – Giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps - and will receive Google™ security patch updates.
  • The keyboard reimagined – Forget what you knew about keyboards, the BlackBerry Smart Keyboard goes beyond typing. It can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing even greater ease of use. And use it to scroll through web pages, the picture gallery or to take a picture.
  • Loaded with BlackBerry® Hub® – Bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account.
  • Unrivaled security features – The BlackBerry KEYone is designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience possible.
  • Long battery life – Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone offers roughly 26 hours of mixed use, thanks to its 3505mAh battery.
  • Impressive photo quality – The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens.


Width Height Thickness
5.87 in
149.1 mm
2.85 in
72.4 mm
0.37 in
9.4 mm
6.35 oz
180 grams
  • Display:
    • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1620x1080 resolution
    • 434ppi
  • Chips:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    • 8x 2.0Ghz Cortex A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/20 PDAF rear camera
    • Dual-tone LED flash
    • 8MP ƒ/2.2 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3505 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 + boost charging
  • Software:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • DTEK security suite
    • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption