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Google Play Store and Instagram stuck on dark theme?

Last week, Google started rolling out its dark theme to the Google Play Store, and more recently, Instagram took its dark theme from beta to official, making it available on devices running Android 10. Some folks in the CrackBerry forums, however, have noticed, those themes are not necessarily limited to Android 10 and Samsung One UI.

In fact, the dark themes have appeared on the BlackBerry Priv, BlackBerry Motion and BlackBerry KEY2 and while I'm sure many folks would be okay with that, it seems as though unlike on Android 10 where the enabling of the themes is done at the system level, those on BlackBerry devices seem to be stuck using the dark themes with no way to disable them.

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PsihoKey2 10-08-19 03:55 PM “

I have BB Key2 and playstore update just came out, with instagram update too. I cannot find option nowhere to disable dark mode for both apps, not within app, not in phone settings.. Anyone have same issue?

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Ginowine 10-08-19 07:01 AM “

I just noticed that Google Play Store runs in dark- or night mode on my Priv. Now that I'm know of, is there is a way to switch between light and dark mode through settings within the Google Play Store app? Posted via CB10

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Soapm 10-09-19 02:48 AM “

My playstore just updated to 16.9.10-all and it seems to be in Night Mode with no means of turning it off. I don't see well in this setting and would like to turn it back to normal. In fact, I don't have a "display" section in settings??? Anyone having this problem besides me? PS... Looks like Instagram has the same problem???

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There are no toggles in the apps to change them. Disabling night mode doesn't change them, and changing the BlackBerry Launcher theme does not affect the Google Play Store or Instagram themes either. Since no BlackBerry devices are on Android Pie, you also can't change the device theme in the developer options. The one exception appears to be the Priv, where the theme will automatically change to light during the day and then dark at night.

All in all, it seems to be a weird quirk that perhaps only Google and Instagram will be able to fix through updates or server-side changes. Do you see the dark themes for the Google Play Store or Instagram on your BlackBerry? If so, drop a comment below or in the CrackBerry forums and let me know.

What are your BlackBerry KEY3 must-have features?

Ever since the BlackBerry KEY2 was announced well over a year ago, there has been talk of a BlackBerry KEY3 and while TCL has offered no official KEY3 comments specifically, a few recent interviews with TCL Executives has placed focus on the potential of it eventually coming to market and TCL's plans for the BlackBerry brand.

GoTalk adds silver KEY2 and champagne KEY2 LE to their device lineup

Expanding on their already existing BlackBerry device lineup, GoTalk has now begun offering the BlackBerry KEY2 in silver along with the BlackBerry KEY2 LE in champagne. According to their updated site, both are in stock right now and ready to ship to you starting today!

BlackBerry Motion software update ACD519 now available

Following updates sent out about a week ago for BlackBerry KEY2 owners, BlackBerry Motion owners can now get in on the update love as well as software updated ACD519 has been released across most Motion variants including those on Bell, Telus, and more.

EE to switch off BlackBerry Internet Service on October 31

Despite BlackBerry's commitment back in August to keep network access for BBOS devices running beyond the end of 2019, carriers are free to shut down the services as they fit and according to emails being sent out, UK carrier EE has decided to do just that on October 31, 2019.

Hi, BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS) will be switched off on 31 October 2019.

If you use a BlackBerry device pre-BlackBerry 10 (ie. Curve, Bold, Torch, Storm, Porsche), it will no longer have access to the following applications: BlackBerry Email, BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry World, Facebook, and Web Browsing.

You'll still be able to use your phone to make and receive calls, send and receive texts, and may be able to use data through a WiFi connection or your data plan allowance.

We reached out to EE customer support which confirmed the email as well. Although the news certainly shouldn't be shocking, and I'm sure more carriers will be doing the same soon, it does seem a bit of a shame since BlackBerry themselves are keeping the services available.

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BlackBerry KEY2 update ACD175 now available

If you have BlackBerry KEY2 in your hands, you'll want to go ahead and check for updates. The latest update containing the September Android security patch has now started to roll out over the air to several KEY2 variants across North America, Europe, and more.

BBM Enterprise adds improved profile images, Android 10 support and more

BBM Enterprise hasn't had a ton of updates since the BBM consumer app was shut down back in May, but a new build has finally hit the Google Play Store and is ready for download. This release brings a few notable changes, including compatibility with Android 10, improved profile image quality, and more.

BlackBerry announces Fiscal 2020 Q2 results

BlackBerry today announced their fiscal 2020 Q2 results with John Chen, Executive Chairman , and CEO, BlackBerry noting "We achieved break-even non-GAAP earnings per share and generated free cash flow even with increased investments in sales and product development to support future growth."

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue of $261 million, or 22% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $244 million, or 16% growth year-over-year
  • Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $256 million, or 30% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $239 million, or 24% growth year-over-year
  • Total company non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.00; GAAP loss per basic share of $0.08 and GAAP loss per diluted share of $0.10
  • Total company free cash flow generated of $14 million, as reported

"In the quarter, our QNX, Cylance and Licensing businesses executed at or better than our expectations. We achieved break-even non-GAAP earnings per share and generated free cash flow even with increased investments in sales and product development to support future growth," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.

"We are encouraged by the positive reception on BlackBerry Intelligent Security, and we have a number of exciting new product launches in the next six months."

"Recent market consolidation has validated our thought leadership and the holistic strategy we shared last year. We are integrating our endpoint management and AI technologies and capabilities on one platform to address the high-growth endpoint security market."

If you're looking for the full table breakdowns, they can be found on the BlackBerry Investors website in addition to the supplemental financial information as well as the conference call transcript once it has been uploaded.

Press Release

BlackBerry Reports Fiscal 2020 Second Quarter Results

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue of $261 million, or 22% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $244 million, or 16% growth year-over-year
  • Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $256 million, or 30% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $239 million, or 24% growth year-over-year
  • Total company non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.00; GAAP loss per basic share of $0.08 and GAAP loss per diluted share of $0.10
  • Total company free cash flow generated of $14 million, as reported

WATERLOO, Ontario, Sept. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today reported financial results for the three months ended August 31, 2019 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 was $261 million, up 22% year-over-year. Total company GAAP revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 was $244 million, up 16% year-over-year. Total non-GAAP software and services revenue was $256 million, up 30% year-over-year. Total GAAP software and services revenue was $239 million, up 24% year-over-year. Second quarter recurring non-GAAP software and services revenue (excluding IP licensing and professional services) was over 90%. Non-GAAP gross margin was 75% and GAAP gross margin was 72%.
  • Total company non-GAAP operating earnings was $2 million. Total company GAAP operating loss was $43 million. Non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.00 (basic and diluted). GAAP net loss was $0.08 per basic share and $0.10 per diluted share. GAAP net loss includes $36 million for acquired intangibles amortization expense, $14 million in stock compensation expense, $2 million in acquisition and integration charges, a benefit of $23 million related to the fair value adjustment on the debentures, and other amounts as summarized in a table below.
  • Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $938 million as of August 31, 2019. Free cash flow generated, before considering the impact of acquisition and integration expenses, restructuring costs and legal proceedings, was $17 million. Cash generated from operations was $18 million and capital expenditures were $4 million.

"In the quarter, our QNX, Cylance and Licensing businesses executed at or better than our expectations. We achieved break-even non-GAAP earnings per share and generated free cash flow even with increased investments in sales and product development to support future growth," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry.

"We are encouraged by the positive reception on BlackBerry Intelligent Security, and we have a number of exciting new product launches in the next six months."

"Recent market consolidation has validated our thought leadership and the holistic strategy we shared last year. We are integrating our endpoint management and AI technologies and capabilities on one platform to address the high-growth endpoint security market."

Management Change

With its focus on long-term, sustainable growth, BlackBerry announces that Steve Capelli will move into the newly-created role of Chief Revenue Officer to drive revenue-generating and business development activities across the company. BlackBerry promotes Steve Rai from Deputy Chief Financial Officer to Chief Financial Officer. These changes take effect as of October 1, 2019.

Outlook

BlackBerry estimates fiscal 2020 total company non-GAAP revenue growth to be in the range of 23% to 25%, driven by a double-digit percentage increase in billings year-over-year, and non-GAAP profitability for fiscal 2020.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 a.m. ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1- 877-682-6267 or by logging on at BlackBerry.com/Investors. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 11 a.m. ET by dialing 1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #6987534 and at the link above.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

Google Play Pass offers 350+ Android apps and games for $4.99 per month

Having initially been spotted back in July, and teased on Twitter recently, Google has now officially introduced its Google Play Pass subscription service, which offers 350+ Android apps and games for $4.99 per month, but is kicking off in the U.S. with special promo pricing of $1.99 per month for the first twelve months.

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Atomic BlackBerry KEY2 LE back in stock at Best Buy

And that didn't take long. Sold out again. That said, keep checking as it seems Best Buy is slowly adding the stock, selling out, and then adding more. Alternatively, GoTalk also has the KEY2 and KEY2 LE in stock.

Although stock for the BlackBerry KEY2 LE has slim in the U.S., the folks at Best Buy have been looking to change that. Right now, you can pick up an Atomic red BlackBerry KEY2 LE for $299.99 when you activate today with AT&T or $349.99 when you activate later.

BlackBerry and L-SPARK launch second phase of startup accelerator program

Building off of the success of their first partnership, BlackBerry and L-Spark have now announced the second phase of their joint accelerator program focused on Canadian startups working on connected vehicle technology.

"We're doubling down on our partnership with L-SPARK to position Canada's high potential SMEs as leaders in our competitive technology space," said Grant Courville, VP, Product Management and Strategy, BlackBerry QNX. "Collaboration is the key to our collective success and we are impressed with both the quality and breadth of participants that we were able to work with as part of the first accelerator program. BlackBerry QNX's software is the ideal platform for start-ups looking to build innovative solutions that solve real-world transportation industry issues."

"The first cohort of the BlackBerry/L-SPARK Accelerator was a great success for everyone involved and I am excited to launch this second cohort, and with BlackBerry's help, exceed our objectives again, while continuing to build a vibrant eco-system for BlackBerry's industry leading technologies," said Leo Lax, Executive Managing Director at L-SPARK. "The companies in the first cohort have secured multiple engagements with key customers as a result of their participation in this program and at least two of the companies had financing close after being involved in the accelerator."

In total, six companies will be selected to join the accelerator program. The program kicks off in December 2019 and will wrap up in April 2020. If you're looking to apply, you have until October 21, 2019, to get your application in. You can learn more and apply via the L-Spark site.

Press Release

BlackBerry, L-SPARK Launch Second Phase of StartUp Accelerator Program to Further Canadian Technology Innovation

BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and L-SPARK, Canada's largest software-as-a-service accelerator, today announced a second phase of their joint accelerator program, which aims to accelerate Canadian technology startups that are focused on vehicle connected services and cloud connectivity to the vehicle.

Following the success of the first cohort, which saw seven companies build and demonstrate prototypes in device security, sensor fusion (e.g. lidar, radar, cameras and GPS), functional safety, analytics, and other autonomous vehicle related technologies, the second phase of the partnership aims to once again help small and medium-sized technology enterprises (SMEs) grow their businesses and bring new products to market using BlackBerry QNX technology.

Companies selected to join the next accelerator program will receive free licenses and training on BlackBerry QNX technology, which powers many of the world's most mission-critical embedded systems including nuclear power plants, surgical robots, class III life-critical medical devices, autonomous & connected vehicles, trains and traffic lights – systems that are required to operate safely, securely and reliably, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without failure.

"We're doubling down on our partnership with L-SPARK to position Canada's high potential SMEs as leaders in our competitive technology space," said Grant Courville, VP, Product Management and Strategy, BlackBerry QNX. "Collaboration is the key to our collective success and we are impressed with both the quality and breadth of participants that we were able to work with as part of the first accelerator program. BlackBerry QNX's software is the ideal platform for start-ups looking to build innovative solutions that solve real-world transportation industry issues."

"The first cohort of the BlackBerry/L-SPARK Accelerator was a great success for everyone involved and I am excited to launch this second cohort, and with BlackBerry's help, exceed our objectives again, while continuing to build a vibrant eco-system for BlackBerry's industry leading technologies," said Leo Lax, Executive Managing Director at L-SPARK. "The companies in the first cohort have secured multiple engagements with key customers as a result of their participation in this program and at least two of the companies had financing close after being involved in the accelerator."

L-SPARK will turn to the expertise of the National Research Council of Canada-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), to reach out to companies that could benefit from working with the BlackBerry QNX product group.

For more information, or to apply to the next accelerator round, visit https://www.l-spark.com/accelerator/blackberry. Applications will close on October 21, 2019.

BlackBerry Hub+ beta app updates add Microsoft Exchange Web Services support and more

Although the BlackBerry Hub+ beta app updates have been quiet since then end of July, it seems as though they might be getting back to a steady cadence soon enough. A new batch of beta apps has arrived on the Google Play Store, and according to the changelogs, plenty has addressed in the downtime.

Amazon Australia has the BlackBerry KEY2 on sale for a limited time

Although the BlackBerry KEY2 has been available in Australia through Amazon for a bit, pricing for the device was a bit on the high side sitting at AUD $1333. Now, though, for a limited time, you can pick one up for AUD $999.

BlackBerry to announce Fiscal Year 2020 Q2 results on September 24, 2019

BlackBerry has had a busy year integrating Cylance, preparing over 30 new secure communication products and services, forging new partnerships and come September 24, we'll be getting a look at their current financials. Kicking off at 8 a.m. ET, BlackBerry will announce their Fiscal Year 2020 Q2 results.

New 'BlackBerry Town' book takes readers through the history of BlackBerry

Although the history of RIM and BlackBerry has been well documented over the years through several books, including most notably, Sean Silcoff, Jacquie McNish's Losing the Signal, author, and retired reporter, and Waterloo Record editor, Chuck Howitt has released his new book BlackBerry Town – How high tech success has played out for Canada's Kitchener-Waterloo.

DENSO and BlackBerry launch Harmony Core HMI platform

Sticking to their plans announced back in 2017, Denso and BlackBerry have now shipped their Harmony Core HMI digital cockpit system starting with the 2020 Subaru Legacy and Outback.

"Software is the driving force in next-generation automotive design," John Wall, SVP and General Manager of BlackBerry QNX said. "As cars become more data-driven and automated, they demand functional, secure and trusted in-vehicle software. A leader in automotive technology, BlackBerry is excited to bring one of the world's first integrated digital cockpit platforms to market with DENSO in SUBARU's latest vehicles, helping manufacturers to take advantage of a significant industry trend – the exploding demand for a safe, seamless, digital in-car experience."

Speaking on the announcement, Tatsuya Okuno, Vice President and Chief General Manager of Engineering DIV.1 of Subaru Corporation noted:

"Subaru is synonymous with innovation, quality and building trusted vehicles that customers can rely on. Together with DENSO and BlackBerry, we are excited to introduce the integrated HMI cockpit systems in the all-new 2020 SUBARU Legacy and Outback (U.S. model). This is a world-first in new automotive digital experiences that seamlessly combines the cluster, head unit, infotainment system, and entertainment screens with the class-leading safety Subaru is known for. We are excited to roll-out the Harmony Core HMI technology in future car models with BlackBerry and DENSO."

While Denso and BlackBerry are starting with Subaru, time will tell whether or not the solution is widely adopted. As highlighted in the press release, according to Data Bridge Market Research the automotive digital cockpit market is expected to reach $41.15 USD billion by 2026, and I'm sure Denso and BlackBerry would love to capture as much of that as possible.

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DENSO and BlackBerry Launch Integrated Automobile HMI Platform

WATERLOO, ONTARIO – September 11, 2019 – DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced the first integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) digital cockpit system with BlackBerry QNX technology has shipped in the first vehicles by leading Japanese automotive manufacturer, SUBARU. The technology, named DENSO 'Harmony Core' will be available first in the United States from Autumn 2019 in the all-new 2020 SUBARU Legacy and Outback (U.S. model).

Co-developed by BlackBerry and DENSO, in collaboration with SUBARU, this leading-edge digital cockpit solution uses BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor (virtualization) technology to enable integrated control of in-vehicle HMI systems. First revealed at CES in 2018, this blend of advanced software and human interaction creates a seamless automotive user experience as data-driven connected vehicles become our reality.

Today, vehicles are equipped with multiple HMI systems, which require several device-specific operating systems to work in unison. Because the operating systems are independently controlled by multiple microcontrollers, it has not been possible to unite and coordinate them to display content and sound in a uniform way. The BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor technology enables the independence of several operating systems with different characteristics and controls the integration with one microcomputer.

"Software is the driving force in next-generation automotive design," John Wall, SVP and General Manager of BlackBerry QNX said. "As cars become more data-driven and automated, they demand functional, secure and trusted in-vehicle software. A leader in automotive technology, BlackBerry is excited to bring one of the world's first integrated digital cockpit platforms to market with DENSO in SUBARU's latest vehicles, helping manufacturers to take advantage of a significant industry trend – the exploding demand for a safe, seamless, digital in-car experience."

According to Data Bridge Market Research, the global automotive digital cockpit market is expected to have an estimated value of USD 41.15 billion by 2026 (CAGR of 13.67% between 2019-2026). The research also reports that growth in the ADAS market and increasing demand for electric vehicles is the major factor for the growth of this market.

"We are very pleased to launch one of the first integrated HMI platforms in the world with BlackBerry and SUBARU" said Atsushi Hayashida, Director, Head of Cockpit Systems Business Unit of DENSO. "With the rapid development of technology for self-driving and electric vehicles, the value of cars is about to change significantly. By collaborating with other companies and research institutes, refining the technology and accelerating product and service delivery to help manufacturers deliver next generation vehicles, DENSO is creating new value for the global Smart Mobility society."

"SUBARU is synonymous with innovation, quality and building trusted vehicles that customers can rely on," said Tatsuya Okuno, Vice President and Chief General Manager of Engineering DIV.1 of SUBARU Corporation, SUBARU. "Together with DENSO and BlackBerry, we are excited to introduce the integrated HMI cockpit systems in the all-new 2020 SUBARU Legacy and Outback (U.S. model). This is a world-first in new automotive digital experiences that seamlessly combines the cluster, head unit, infotainment system, and entertainment screens with the class-leading safety SUBARU is known for. We are excited to roll-out the Harmony Core HMI technology in future car models with BlackBerry and DENSO."

SUBARU is the first vehicle manufacturer in the world to commercially deploy the jointly developed digital cockpit platform, featuring BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor. From September 2019, automobile manufacturers around the world will sequentially launch new car models with the integrated HMI.

To learn more about the BlackBerry QNX platform and why it is the most advanced embedded software platform on the autonomous vehicle market, please visit www.blackberry.com/qnx.

About DENSO Corporation

DENSO is a $48.3 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 211 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company's 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 9.3 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. For more information about global DENSO, visit https://www.denso.com/global

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

BlackBerry QNX introduces QNX AMP 3.0 for automakers

Looking to improve upon in-car sound quality, BlackBerry today has introduced BlackBerry QNX Acoustics Management Platform (AMP) 3.0 for automakers, bringing new features and enhancements to the platform which aim help with cost, production-time, and high sound quality.

Jaguar Land Rover and BlackBerry deepen automotive technology partnership

Following their multi-year agreement signed last year to collaborate and develop technology, Jaguar Land Rover and BlackBerry have now announced they will expand their collaborative efforts to include BlackBerry AI and Machine Learning for Automotive, BlackBerry Cybersecurity consulting and more.

GoTalk USA has the BlackBerry KEY2 LE back in stock

If you've been having issues finding a retailer in the US with the BlackBerry KEY2 LE in stock, I have some good news for you! After spending some time on back-order, the KEY2 LE is once again available from GoTalk USA and ready to ship out to you today, once you place your order.

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