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CrackBerry Poll: Which BlackBerry KEY2 LE color is your favorite?

With the announcement of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE, BlackBerry Mobile has made choosing a color a bit more difficult. The simple black and silver options have been replaced with atomic, champagne, and slate color options. Now that you've had some to take it all in, thanks to all the hands-on videos and images that are out there, we got to ask!

BlackBerry KEY2 LE hands-on video roundup!

Now that the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is official, there are plenty of hands-on videos to be found on YouTube of folks offering a closer look at the latest addition to the KEY series and their initial thoughts and opinions on the device. We've gathered up what's available now, and no doubt there will be more on the way.

We'll update the list as more videos arrive but of course, feel free to drop any links to videos you may have come across in the comments. Remember, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE goes on sale beginning next month, so that's when we'll start seeing unboxings and full-on reviews!

BlackBerry KEY2 LE first look hands-on!

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE is here! Freshly announced at IFA 2018 in Berlin, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is coming in three vibrant colors - Slate, Champagne, and Atomic - and you know I had to go hands-on with them to check them out and bring you all my quick take and share what's new!

BlackBerry KEY2 LE specs and features

KEY2 LE Slate

Here's a look at the hardware that's powering the BlackBerry KEY2 LE

The newest addition to the KEY lineup is here by way of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE, and it continues down BlackBerry Mobile's path of offering a modern smartphone coupled with the iconic BlackBerry keyboard, all-day battery life and enhanced security and privacy features.

Here's the complete spec sheet for the BlackBerry KEY2 LE:

Category KEY2 LE Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo Display 4.5-inch, 1620x1080
IPS LCD
434ppi
3:2 aspect ratio Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Octa-Core 4 x 1.8GHz + 4 x 1.6GHz
Adreno 509 GPU RAM 4GB Storage 32GB
64GB Expandable microSD up to 256GB Rear Camera Dual Camera 13M (1.12um, F2.2) + 5M (1.12um, F2.4) with Dual Tone LED Flash
HDR, 4K video recording at 30 fps
Scan, Private Capture Front Camera 8MP Fixed Focus
Selfie flash
1080p/30 video Battery 3000mAh battery (22.5 hours) Charging USB-C
Compatible with USB Power Delivery 2.0 v1.2 & 9V2A 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Chargers Water resistance No Headphone jack Yes Security DTEK security suite
BlackBerry Privacy Shade
BlackBerry Secure Android
Android For Work, Google Play for Work
Fingerprint sensor in space bar
Monthly Android security updates Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 5GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC
GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, OTDOA
FM Radio, 4G Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, USB OTG BBE100-1 – EMEA & APAC - Single SIM LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/26/28/32
TD-LTE Band 38/40/41 BBE100-2 – NA & LATAM - Single SIM LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/28/29/66
TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41 BBE100-4 – EMEA & APAC - Dual SIM LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/26/28/32
TD-LTE Band 38/40/41 BBE100-5 – NA Open Market - Dual SIM LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/28/29/66
TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41 Dimensions 150.25mm x 71.8mm x 8.35mm Weight 156gm

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BlackBerry Mobile officially announces the BlackBerry KEY2 LE at IFA 2018

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be available for purchase in markets globally beginning next month.

BlackBerry Mobile has now taken the wraps off the BlackBerry KEY2 LE at IFA 2018. The latest addition in the KEY series of Android-powered BlackBerry smartphones keeps a lot of the same design language and features as the BlackBerry KEY2 such as all-day battery life, fantastic keyboard and security and privacy enhancements. The KEY2 LE will come in three different color variants - Slate, Champagne, and Atomic as well as a lower price point, offering BlackBerry fans plenty of choice.

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE reminds me of the BlackBerry Curve days

As we head on into IFA Berlin where it's expected that BlackBerry Mobile will announce the teased (and heavily leaked) BlackBerry KEY2 LE on August 30, I can't help but reminisce a bit and find similarities here between the KEY2 LE and the BlackBerry Curve days. The BlackBerry Curve was launched after BlackBerry had success with the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 and 8800 Series in the consumer market, and eventually, it went on to be one of the most popular lines of devices BlackBerry offered.

Punkt to unveil 4G MP02 phone that uses BlackBerry's security technology on Sept. 17

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. The deal meant that Punkt would be making use of BlackBerry Secure technology in a future device known as the MP02 and now, Punkt is gearing up to fully unveil the MP02 on September 17.

BlackBerry adds dark theme options to Contacts, Tasks and Notes in beta

Dark Theme on KEY2 Silver

New beta releases for the BlackBerry Hub, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes have now arrived on the Google Play Store and if you're a fan of dark themes, you'll love these updates. Contacts, Tasks, and Notes now all have an optional dark theme setting and more!

Instagram adds third-party authenticator support designed to keep your account safer

Instagram

As part of their efforts to keep Instagram safe, the company today has announced the rollout of several new features including support for third-party authenticator apps, a new process to obtain a verified account and the introduction of an 'About This Account' profile section.

Amazon brings its monthly Prime subscription to Canada, sign up now for $8

Spread the cost of your Prime membership over 12 months.

Amazon Canada has today introduced a monthly membership option for its Prime services. Beforehand, those wanting Amazon Prime above the border would have to pay the $79 annual fee upfront to gain access to its benefits, but can now opt to pay $7.99 per month instead. Prime members in the U.S. have had the option to pay monthly since late 2016, with UK members also being able to pay per month for some time.

Mike Strauch, country manager for Amazon Canada said:

Prime brings together the best of entertainment and shopping into a simple package at an unbelievable value for Canadians. With the launch of a monthly membership, we have added yet another easy way to enjoy Prime benefits.

Most will already be familiar with Amazon Prime and its shipping benefits that are available on millions of products. It's what makes buying from Amazon super easy and convenient.

But Prime membership also gives you access to thousands of TV shows and movies with Prime Video — including original and exclusive content like The Grand Tour, Man in the High Castle and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan — available to stream instantly on your tablet, phone or smart TV.

As well as Video, you'll also be able to stream music to heart's content as Prime Music is included in your Prime membership with over one million songs available at no additional cost. That's not to mention game content via Twitch Prime, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Drive and exclusive early access to many Lightning Deals.

Those possessing a sharp mathematical mind will, of course, have noticed that the cost of Prime membership paid monthly for the year will amount to more than the annual $79 membership. But the option to pay per month gives shoppers the flexibility to cancel their membership at any time and renew it when they need it.

You can sign up for Amazon Prime and take advantage of the new monthly pricing, or opt to pay for the year in full, if you prefer, and new members can make the most of a 30-day free trial when doing so.

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Quick Review: BlackBerry KEY2 FlipCase

BlackBerry KEY2 Flip Case

The FlipCase for the BlackBerry KEY2 offers full coverage from drops, dings, and scratches.

Now that the BlackBerry KEY2 has been out for a while, there are plenty of case options to choose from. If you prefer something that matches your device perfectly, though, there's the BlackBerry KEY2 Soft Shell Case that we looked at previously, but there's also the BlackBerry KEY2 FlipCase, which we'll look at right now.

BlackBerry Mobile drops new teaser video for the BlackBerry KEY2 LE

By now, it's no secret that BlackBerry Mobile has a new device they're getting ready to announce at IFA Berlin. We've seen the BlackBerry KEY2 LE pop up several times already through various leaks and certifications, but today, we get the first official teaser video.

Register now for the BlackBerry Mobile IFA Berlin 2018 party

Live in or near Berlin or plan on being in town for IFA 2018? If so, you can now register for a special BlackBerry Mobile IFA Berlin 2018 party. Details are scarce aside from the time, date and location, but the registration does note a 'special introduction.' BlackBerry Mobile also put out a teaser today.

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Another round of Oreo updates going out for KEYone and Motion owners

KEYone and Motion

Last week, BlackBerry Mobile started rolling out their first batch of Android 8.1 Oreo updates in North America, but some variants of KEYone and Motion have still been waiting for the release. Today, another batch of Over The Air updates has begun for KEYone and Motion owners in North America.

BlackBerry Launcher update brings new swipe down to view notifications gesture

Android Notification

While the BlackBerry KEY2 brought the ability to customize the currency key to view notifications with a quick button press, the latest BlackBerry Launcher update now rolling out through the Google Play Store introduces another way to quickly view your notifications.

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This self-improvement bundle for entrepreneurs is just $69

Do you have big plans for the future, but feel like you need some mentorship or guidance to reach your goals? Maybe you sit at home wondering what it takes to get what you want out of life. If that describes you, CrackBerry Digital Offers might just have the inspiration that you're looking for

The Achieve Your Goals Course Pack features over 64 hours of content spread across three lectures and a bonus gift of thirty interviews with some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs, entertainers and other creative types who will offer up insights into how they achieved and handled success.

You'll also get courses that will help you maintain your body's health and mobility from Kelly Starrett, the CEO and founder of San Francisco CrossFit, who will offer tips to improve your posture, fix your movements and positioning, and help you avoid injuries. Then you can consume "The 4-Hour Life", a holistic strategy for mind, body, and success that was inspired by the life of Ben Franklin.

Finally, you'll learn how to start a profitable online business with step-by-step help from a lifestyle entrepreneur, new media expert, and video marketing professional who will teach you how to develop a product that sells, discover strategies for creating leads, and exploring the online tools and methods for marketing your business.

Typically, this bundle of courses would cost you nearly $600, but you'll only spend $69 for a limited time. With this bundle, you'll be inspired and prepared to take your creative ideas public. Don't wait to start your next business, get this bundle and get started on following your dreams today!

Latest BBM beta brings an enhanced BBM Desktop experience

Latest BBM beta brings an enhanced BBM Desktop experience

Last time we checked, most folks in our poll weren't using the BBM Desktop feature but a new BBM beta has now hit the Google Play Store, and one of the highlights is an improved BBM Desktop experience that makes it a bit more useful all around.

Now, you can delete, retract, forward messages and download documents. The enhancements to BBM Desktop are just a portion of the changes in the new beta, however, here's the full list of changes according to the changelog:

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CrackBerry Poll: Would you like to see the Evolve and Evolve X available outside of India?

Back on August 2, BlackBerry's Indian licensee Optiemus Infracom unveiled the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X and since the announcement, many folks have been asking if the devices will be available in markets outside of India. As it stands right now, there's nothing to announce but as highlighted in an interview with Alex Thurber, the General Manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions & Hardip Singh, the Executive Director of Optiemus Infracom, a release outside of India for the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X could still happen as licensees are still talking.

BlackBerry KEY2 August security update now available

Although the update started in Hong Kong last week, the latest BlackBerry KEY2 update with the August security patch and camera improvements (ABE181) has now started hitting North America. If you have a KEY2 in your hands, go ahead and check for updates.

BlackBerry rolls out their latest app updates with plenty of improvements and new features!

BlackBerry Summer App updates

If you're not really into beta testing apps, you may not have noticed some of the larger changes BlackBerry has been making to their apps but there has been plenty recently. A new post on the BlackBerry blog has now highlighted all of the improvements and new features available in the latest releases of Calendar, Contacts, DTEK, Privacy Shade, and Power Center! If you diligently update your apps, chances are you have these already but if not, here's what's new:

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