BlackBerry signs new licensing deal with Bullitt Group to secure Cat and Land Rover rugged smartphones

In addition to announcing their fiscal year 2019 first quarter results, BlackBerry also announced a new licensing deal with Bullitt Group, who will embed BlackBerry cybersecurity technology into their line of rugged Cat and Land Rover branded devices.

BlackBerry reports fiscal year 2019 first quarter results

BlackBerry today announced their fiscal year 2019 first quarter results highlighting Non-GAAP total software and services revenue of $193 million, up 14% year-over-year with recurring software and services revenue of 86%, which is up from approximately 70% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018.


BlackBerry DTEK app gets a refreshed UI and new features!

BlackBerry DTEK app

If you hit the Google Play Store today checking for updates, you'll find lots of stuff from BlackBerry available. Hub Suite apps have been updated, but one app that highlights more than just bug fixes is DTEK by BlackBerry. The whole app has been updated with a refreshed UI and new features.

Punkt preparing to launch 4G MP02 phone that uses BlackBerry's security technology


Back in March, BlackBerry signed a new licensing deal with Swiss consumer electronics maker, Punkt Tronics AG, known for their minimalist mobile phone, the MP01. At the time of the announcement, it wasn't apparent how they would be making use of BlackBerry technology, but new info on the Punkt site shows they have a 4G LTE phone coming that is secured by BlackBerry.

BYTON will use BlackBerry QNX technology for its production vehicles


BlackBerry today has announced a new deal with BYTON that will see BlackBerry QNX technology powering BYTON's in-car experience for their production vehicles. BYTON's line of 'smart premium electric cars' are set to go on sale in China in 2019 with Europe and the United States following in 2020.


You can now pre-order the BlackBerry KEY2 from Rogers in Canada!

BlackBerry KEY2 in box

Today is the day for pre-orders of the BlackBerry KEY2 at Rogers in Canada. Right now if you head on over to the Rogers site, you'll see the BlackBerry KEY2 listed and available for pre-order for in-store pickup or delivery.

BlackBerry KEY2 available in the US on July 13, pre-orders start June 29

BlackBerry KEY2

Iconic BlackBerry features with new experiences

The earlier announcement of Canadian availability for the BlackBerry KEY2 left many folks wondering when they could expect an announcement for the US, and now, BlackBerry Mobile has dropped the availability and pricing details. Keyboard fans looking to pick up the newest BlackBerry can pre-order through Amazon and Best Buy starting June 29 with shipments starting on July 13.

Watch the video replay of the 2018 BlackBerry Annual General Meeting

BlackBerry held their Annual General Meeting earlier today, but if you were unable to catch it live, you can now watch the video replay. To take it all in, you'll need to set aside just under an hour, but as expected, BlackBerry CEO John Chen kept things moving at a steady pace.


Instagram introduces IGTV for watching long-form videos

IGTV screen

Built for how you actually use your phone

Instagram has now introduced IGTV, their latest feature addition to the popular photo and video sharing app, as a new way of watching long-form, vertical video content. IGTV will be coming as a stand-alone app in addition to being built into the current Instagram app.


BlackBerry KEY2 available in Canada on July 6, pre-orders start June 21

The newest and most-advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet

During the launch of the BlackBerry KEY2, BlackBerry Mobile noted Canadians would be able to get their hands on the latest BlackBerry smartphone soon and now, we have the exact release dates and pricing. The break down starts with Rogers having a pre-sale for both consumer and business customers starting on June 21, other retailers will have it available starting July 6.

BlackBerry KEY2 Unboxing and Hands-On Video Roundup!

With the BlackBerry KEY2 now official and the launch event wrapped up, we're starting to see plenty of hands-on videos hitting YouTube and there's sure to be more coming as well.

BlackBerry Opus concept reimagines what a BlackBerry can be

It's not often that concept designs really stand out to me but a new BlackBerry design making its way around the internet called Opus has caught my attention recently. It comes from a group of folks, called BlackBerry Network and was posted on Behance recently and overall, it reimagines what a BlackBerry and accessories can be by skipping 'traditional' phone design.


Reminder: BlackBerry to Webcast Annual Meeting on June 20

Ahead of their fiscal year 2019 first quarter results being announced on June 22, 2018, BlackBerry will be hosting their annual general meeting on June 20. The meeting will be webcast, and those interested in tuning in can do so starting at 10 a.m. ET.


Google Podcasts arrives on Android

Google Podcasts

Finding a great podcast app in the Google Play Store is easy as there are plenty to choose from but now, Google has officially introduced their own offering simply called Google Podcasts.


BlackBerry Hub+ Services update fixes Twitter login issues

BlackBerry Hub+ Services

Although the issue may not have affected many people, BlackBerry has now pushed a new beta update for the BlackBerry Hub+ Services app to fix a small bug that was preventing new Hub users or those setting up Hub again for the first time from authorizing their Twitter accounts.

Android Messages for web now officially rolling out to all users

Send and receive texts from your computer

If BBM Desktop is not your thing and you're more of an SMS person, Android Messages on your desktop might be more for you. As announced by Google today, Android Messages for the web, which will allow you to send and receive texts from your computer, is starting to roll out today and over the next week.


RSVP now to attend the BlackBerry KEY2 London launch event!

RSVP now to attend the BlackBerry KEY2 London launch event!

Following the North American launch event for the BlackBerry KEY2 in New York, BlackBerry Mobile has now laid out plans for the UK launch, and if you can be in London on June 29, you can attend! There are only a limited number of spots available, so you'll have to act fast.

BlackBerry KEYone update ABA676 now rolling out

BlackBerry KEYone update ABA676 now rolling out

If you're BlackBerry KEYone owner, now is a good time to go ahead and check for updates if you haven't already recently. A new, but small update is now rolling out across multiple regions regardless of carrier or unlocked status. The update is noted as ABA676 for most devices.

BlackBerry Privacy Shade adds new Redactor mode for increased privacy

BlackBerry Redactor

If you hit the Google Play Store today, you'll find a new update is now available for the BlackBerry Privacy Shade app that brings a whole new feature called BlackBerry Redactor. Using the Redactor function of BlackBerry Privacy Shade will allow you to hide private or sensitive information from your screenshots before sharing them.


BlackBerry KEY2 pre-orders go live in the UAE!

BlackBerry KEY2 pre-orders go live in the UAE!

In addition to pre-orders going live in the UK at Selfridges and Carphone Warehouse, retailers across the UAE have now put their BlackBerry KEY2 pre-order pages up. Right now, pages are live for Axiom Telcom, Jumbo, and Souq with more expected soon. The KEY2 options in the UAE include silver and black, both with Dual SIM options but UAE also gets the 128GB black option.