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Shazam on Android can now identify songs when you're wearing headphones

There's also a new pop-up feature for quickly ID'ing songs without opening the app.

Shazam just got a major update for Android, and it will completely change the way you use the app. With the latest update, Shazam has added a pop-up button for Android, but this is much more than a button.

Using the new floating pop up button option, Shazam will now be able to identify songs without having to open the app. This alone gives you so much more freedom to detect what's playing in apps that don't support background playback, such as Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.

In addition to the pop-up feature, this update also enables Shazam to identify tracks by using the internal audio on your phone. In other words, it will be able to know what song's playing even when your headphones are plugged in.

Despite the fact that Apple owns Shazam, this feature is exclusive to Android devices. That is due to iOS having more restrictive permissions and not allowing apps to monitor background audio.

The new pop up feature can be enabled from Shazam's settings menu, which will add an always present floating Shazam button on your screen. If at any time you want to remove it, all you have to do is drag it to the bottom of the screen. When you want it back, simply swipe down and tap on the persistent notification to make it reappear.

Identifying your music

Shazam

Free at Play Store

Find that song

Shazam is the best and fastest way to find the name of that song you're listening to. Within seconds you can discover the name of the track, see the lyrics, and much more. With the latest update, Shazam can even work in the background and identify songs while you're wearing headphones.

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Enter to win an Atomic Red BlackBerry KEY2 LE from BlackBerry Mobile!

Giveaway ends June 22, 23:59 GMT.

If you're looking to heat up the summer with a new BlackBerry KEY2 LE, you'll want to check the BlackBerry Mobile Instagram page. Right now, they're hosting a giveaway where one winner will score a Dual-SIM unlocked Atomic Red BlackBerry KEY2 LE.

BlackBerry Annual Meeting to take place on June 24, 2019

BlackBerry will be hosting a webcast for the event kicking off at 10 AM ET.

BlackBerry has now announced their annual meeting is all set to take place on June 24, 2019. For those looking to tune into the event live, BlackBerry will be hosting a webcast for the event kicking off at 10 AM ET via their Investors website.

BlackBerry to Webcast Annual Meeting on June 24, 2019,

WATERLOO, Ont. – June 10, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Monday, June 24, 2019, at 10 a.m. ET in Waterloo, Ontario. There will be a live audio webcast that can be accessed by registering at BlackBerry.com/investors. It can also be accessed by dialing 1-855-353-9183 and entering access code 58660#. For international dial-in numbers please see the BlackBerry Investor Information page.

For the past two years, BlackBerry has posted the video from the event afterward along with all of the slides, so if you happen to miss out on the call itself, you should still be able to catch the replay. Once the replay is available, we'll get that posted for those interested as well.

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Load up on new MrMobile swag for a limited time!

MrMobile

Good news for our MrMobile fans! We just cranked out a design of Michael Fisher with his iconic catchphrase and sunglasses, and placed it on some high-quality swag. It's only available until June 28, though, so jump on it!

First off is the comfort tee. You can get it in sizes small through 5XL, including a women's fit. Black, grey, and navy are the base color options available for these cozy 100% cotton tees. The splashes of color from the sunglasses help the design stand out among the crowd!

Then there's the pullover hoodie. It's made of a cotton-polyester blend and you've got a kangaroo pouch in the front to stash your phone because pockets are essential when staying mobile and any hoodie without one wouldn't be MrMobile approved! Just like the comfort tee, these cozy hoodies are available in black, grey, and navy color options.

You wanna drink out of MrMobile's head? We gotchu, fam. The 11-oz mug is ceramic, dishwasher-friendly, and microwave-safe. Just like the shirts and hoodies, there are a ton of alternative designs for these where MrMobile's shades are swapped out from grey to red, green, or blue.

Limited Edition

MrMobile swag

MrMobile Hoodie

From $15 at Teespring

Stay mobile

We've got shirts, hoodies, and mugs with MrMobile's iconic sign-off on them but these limited edition variants won't be around for long! Scoop something up for yourself today, while showing your support for MrMobile!

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Having issues with the Hub+ Inbox? Be sure to download the latest update!

If you have been getting error messages in the Hub+ Inbox app, you'll want to get the latest build being delivered through the Google Play Store right now downloaded. It's a small update but contains important immediate fixes for the app.

  • Improved compatibility with Chrome 75 and WebView 75

If you're already on the beta release, you won't see this build as available. You already have a higher version installed, and the fixes are already in place for you. If you're not on the beta releases and are seeing errors in the Hub or flickering, this is the build for you!

Keep organized

BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox

Free at Play Store

Powerful productivity

The BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox consolidates all your emails and calendar events in one unified app, and Inbox seamlessly integrates social notifications from Facebook, WeChat, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, and more.

Canadian Government recognizes BlackBerry as a benchmark for trusted technology

BlackBerry today has officially announced their support for Canada's Digital Charter which lays out 10 guiding principles that the Canadian Government will use to govern the use of data in the digital world. As part of the announcement, Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, took the time to cite BlackBerry as an industry leader in security and privacy.

BlackBerry Keyboard beta adds gesture settings, language fixes, and more!

Out of all the beta releases lately, the BlackBerry Keyboard app has been getting the most love. Another new build has started to arrive for beta testers through the Google Play Store, and this release is packed with plenty of changes, fixes, and overall improvements. Here's what's new!

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Google will say goodbye to the Google Trips app on August 5th

Until then, you'll still be able to access and email all of your trip reservations and notes

If you followed our Five of the best Android travel apps for BlackBerry fans guide and fell in love with Google Trips, I'm sorry. As spotted by Android Police and XDA-Developers, Google will officially be sending the Google Trips app to the Google Graveyard come August 5, 2019.

Spotify's experimental Stations app is now available in the US

Initially only available in Australia, Spotify has now made their experimental Stations app available to Android and iOS users in the US. Offering a more lightweight experience over the full Spotify app, Stations allows you to tell Spotify what music you like and it will then build out station playlists based on your preferences.

Tell us how you use Voice Assistants and you could win a $150 Amazon Gift Card!

Voice assistants aren't in just your pocket anymore. Today you'll find them on your comptuer, in speakers, on your TV, and even built into your thermostat or lightswitch. Whether it's Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, or any of the dozen upstarts nipping at their heels, these smart voice assistants are everywhere and getting smarter and more capable every day. They're more than just light controls and music players — they're woven deeper and deeper into our lives. Need a Lyft? Ask Google. Video call with family? Sup, Alexa. Directions to the park? Hey Siri.

Not everybody uses a voice assistant, and all that do use theirs differently. So we want to know how you use voice asssitants in your life. Whether you're a Siri pro or an Alexa novice, we're interested in your experience with these up-and-coming digital helpers — give us a few minutes of your time to fill out our survey and you'll get a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card!

Hey Google, thank the reader for their time, please.

BlackBerry Mobile adds new BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE retailers in Slovakia

On top of launching in new markets such as the Philippines, BlackBerry Mobile has been expanding the number of retailers offering the BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE as well. The latest area to benefit from more retailers being added is Slovakia where those looking to pick up a KEY2 or KEY2 LE can choose from all color variants including the KEY2 Limited Edition Red and KEY2 LE Atomic as well as dual-SIM or Single-SIM versions.

Google Play Store redesign rolling out with bottom navigation bar

The new design is showing up for users with version 15.1.24.

Looks as though Google has decided to start rolling this out once again. The refreshed UI is now appearing on my BlackBerry KEY2 and Reddit users are reporting a wider Android device rollout. This update was added on August 16, 2019.

The new Material Theme Play Store redesign is now rolling out with version 15.1.24. The refreshed design updates the Play Store with a clean whitewashed theme and drops the green. Android Central covered this back in April when the new design was discovered from an APK teardown.

Besides dropping all the green, it has also moved the navigation bar from the top to the bottom and removed the music category. No worries though, you can still browse music by opening it from the hamburger menu.

Some other immediate changes you'll notice include more rounded corners, a new font, and the new flat design that no longer uses a card interface, lines, or drop shadows.

The app pages have also gotten a major facelift, with the ratings and stats pushed to the top and an install button that now runs the entire horizontal length of the page. Not only that but when you install an app the old download bar has been revamped into a circle that goes around the app's icon.

Overall, the new design provides users with a cleaner and more cohesive look which brings it up to date with Material Theme standards. If you've been following Google's other apps, you'll know we've seen similar facelifts for Gmail, Google Drive, Google Voice, and a few others.

If you're not yet seeing the new design, make sure you have version 15.1.24 of the app or download it from APKMirror. If you have the latest version of the Play Store and you still don't see it, try clearing the cache in the app settings.

Not only has the Play Store gotten a big UI refresh, but Google has also been making changes behind the scenes. On May 30, Android Central reported on big updates to Play Store policies regarding sexual content, hate speech, loot boxes, and the sale of marijuana.

New policies from Google will make apps safer for your children

BBM Consumer is gone but there's still BBMe!

If you're looking around the internet today, no doubt you'll see plenty of articles bidding farewell to BlackBerry Messenger due to Emtek shutting down their BBM consumer operations. As expected, BBM users were logged out of the app today and were left with a goodbye message.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available for Verizon Enterprise and Small Business customers

Although the BlackBerry KEY2 LE was already certified to work with Verizon through their BYOD options, at CES, it was announced the carrier would be officially adding their device to their lineup for Verizon Enterprise and Small Business customers, and now they've done so.

BlackBerry Cylance, NordVPN, and LastPass team up to offer security bundle!

BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently fired off a tweet asking folks if they knew about BlackBerry Cylance's home computer Antivirus offering, but one thing missing from that tweet was mention of a pretty sweet security bundle BlackBerry Cylance is currently offering that features Cylance, NordVPN, and LastPass.

Latest Hub+ Inbox, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes beta releases now available!

New BlackBerry Hub+ Suite beta releases have now arrived through the Google Play Store for those signed up for beta testing. The changes this time around are pretty significant for Hub+ Inbox and Hub+ Services as they address some more significant bugs including flickering and disappearing text when composing emails and notes, and how drafts are handled.

Hub+ Inbox

  • Fixed flickering and disappearing text when composing email with Chrome 74 or WebView 74
  • Improved compatibility with Chrome Beta 75 and WebView Beta 75
  • Deleting email through the notification tray now works on Android Q
  • Improvements when using Samsung DeX

BlackBerry Hub+ Services

  • Drafts are now completely deleted when sent, not just moved to Deleted items folder
  • Drafts can now be saved on new created IBM Traveler accounts

Calendar

  • Improvements when using Samsung DeX

Contacts

  • Improved SIM contacts support on Samsung devices running Android 9
  • Improvements when using Samsung DeX

Tasks

  • Improved compatibility with Chrome Beta 75 and WebView Beta 75

Notes

  • Fixed disappearing note content when switching apps
  • Improved compatibility with Chrome Beta 75 and WebView Beta 75

The updates are live right now, so load the Google Play Store and get them downloaded if you haven't already. Of course, as they are beta releases, there may be additional bugs found within, make sure you offer up your feedback in the BlackBerry Center Code or the CrackBerry Forums.

BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE now available in the Czech Republic

In addition to the Philippines being added as a new market for the BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE, BlackBerry Mobile has now officially launched both devices in the Czech Republic across a wide array of retailers. All color options, including the limited edition red KEY2 and Atomic KEY2 LE, are up for grabs and both Dual-SIM and Single-SIM variants are available.

AT&T pushes ABV803 software update for the BlackBerry KEYone

AT&T is back with another update for those of out there who purchased your BlackBerry KEYone from the carrier. Sticking to their current update pattern, they have now pushed out build ABV803 over the air.

BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE now available in the Philippines

The BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE continue to be introduced in new markets, and now the Philippines has been added to the list. Announced at a recent launch event, both the KEY2 and KEY2 LE are available through Shopee from MemoXpress and BlackBerry.

Seven slick messaging apps to keep you connected on your BlackBerry!

Keeping in touch is important! You'd think with all the gadgets, connections, and devices we've got kicking around, it'd be a little easier. Yet somehow, it isn't.

Even deciding on the right chat app can be a herculean feat in and of itself, never mind sifting through all the notifications we're bombarded with on a daily basis. I'll help clear the air a bit.

Whether you want to keep in touch with loved ones or collaborate with colleagues, here are seven great cross-platform messaging apps you can use to keep in touch - both on your BlackBerry and elsewhere.

Signal Private Messenger

A supercharged secure messaging app available on Android, Windows, and Linux, Signal's tagline is "privacy that fits in your pocket." It's designed with user privacy front and center, with the ability to send group, text, voice, video, and picture messages without stepping outside the app's encryption.

There are also no long-distance charges in the app, which supports file sharing and timed message deletion. Best of all, Signal's totally free, and the fact that it's an open-source project means there's a ton of room for growth.

Fast, simple, secure

Signal Private Messenger

Signal allows you to send high-quality group, text, voice, video, document, and picture messages and make crystal-clear voice and video calls. There are no ads or tracking and communications are end-to-end encrypted.

Free at Google Play

WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp is one of the most popular IM apps in the world with an estimated 1.3 billion users, and for good reason. It's free. It's fast. It's got voice and video calling. There's even a version of WhatsApp designed with small business owners in mind, which can be augmented by a bunch of paid tools.

WhatsApp chats are encrypted end-to-end to protect your privacy, and you don't have to worry about ads getting in your way. To top it all off, the app works beautifully on all Android-based BlackBerry devices such as the KEY2. You can even set up two separate WhatsApp accounts on the same device with Dual Apps and Dual SIM!

Simple, Reliable messaging

WhatsApp Messenger

Being one of the most popular messaging apps, WhatsApp is packed with features. You can share messages, photos, video, documents and chat in groups that support up to 256 people at once. WhatsApp voice and video calls use your phone's Internet connection, so you never have to worry about minutes!

Free at Google Play

Slack

Slack is a whole lot more than just a messaging app. It's a platform for collaboration, with built-in file sharing, search, shared channels, reminders, RSS feeds, and the ability to integrate with a wide range of other apps like Google Drive, DropBox, and Salesforce. It's sort of a modern take on old-school IRC chats.

The free version of Slack is perfect for keeping in touch with friends and family, while the paid version is a powerful tool that's sure to make any workplace more connected and efficient. Like the other entries on this list, Slack also provides full voice and video chat. And it's all totally secure, too.

Teamwork in Slack

Slack

Teamwork happens in Slack. That's one of their slogans and it rings true. Slack can handle all your messaging, tools and files in one spot and makes team collaboration a breeze. If you're not using Slack, you're missing out!

Free at Google Play

Discord - Chat for Gamers

Discord sits at a weird intersect between a chat app and a social network - and it's incredible because of it. Anyone can create their own fully-functional server free of charge, with multiple voice channels, text channels, and user roles.

A thriving development community has created a ton of chat-bots that can do everything from play music to serve up cool facts about cats, and it supports group voice and video chat as well as screen sharing and file transfers.

If games are your thing, Discord's got a fast-growing library of PC titles to choose from. It can also be installed as either a mobile or a desktop app, both of which use the same account - switching between the two is seamless. The app's free by default, but there's a premium version that nets you access to stuff like custom emotes, free games, and increased size limitations for file sharing.

All-in-one voice and text chat

Discord - Chat for Gamers

Although Discord is aimed at gamers, it's also just a great messaging platform that offers all-in-one voice and text chat across Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux.

Free at Google Play

Telegram

A rising star in the IM space, Telegram's claim to fame is privacy and security. All messages sent through this cloud-based app are fully encrypted and can be set to self-destruct. It also allows you to send large files, set up secret chats, and

Security isn't the only thing Telegram does well, though. It's lightweight, it's fast, and it runs like a dream on pretty much every device. Best of all, it's totally free - the developers have gone on record as saying it's not intended to generate revenue, so you'll never have to worry about ads or subscription fees!

Telegram is being actively and aggressively developed, with new features being added on a regular basis - it's also got an open API, which means there's a whole world of possibilities for new add-ons and integrations!

Pure instant messaging

Telegram

With a focus on speed and security, Telegram offers all you would expect from a messaging app. You can send media and files without any limits on their type and size. Groups support up to 200,000 members and integrations such as Channels, Bots, stickers and more help keep Telegram fun to use. Plus, it's free and no ads!

Free at Google Play

Skype - free IM & video calls

With file sharing, screen sharing, SMS, and group voice and video, Skype is a powerful messaging app that's fully functional on both desktop and mobile.

If you plan to use it for business, it integrates effortlessly with Microsoft Exchange, meaning you can easily connect it to your Microsoft Outlook account. It also lets you set up your own low-cost Skype Number, with an area code situated just about anywhere in the world.

Businesses can have a Skype number for international clients. Everyone else, meanwhile, can have a phone number they can use to call friends and family abroad.

The next generation of Skype

Skype - free IM & video calls

Skype has been around for years and is a well-established offering but don't let that fool you into thinking it's not modern. Skype is powerful and offers file sharing, screen sharing, SMS, and group voice and video calls and so much more!

Free at Google Play

BBM Enterprise

Last, but certainly not least, there's BBMe (BlackBerry Messenger Enterprise). Recently made available to consumers by BlackBerry Limited, it's a powerful, security-focused enterprise messaging platform that offers secure text, voice, video, and group chat.

Right out of the box, it offers a ton of great privacy features like authentication via PIN, timed messages, retractable messages, and private chats. It's also usable cross-platform - you can access your BBMe messages across multiple devices, including your desktop PC.

Secure instant messaging

BBM Enterprise

BBM Enterprise is a highly-secure messaging platform you can use for all your group chats, voice, and video calls. Advanced features include the ability to edit, retract, or set an expiration time on a single message.

Free at Google Play (For one year)

Which chat app is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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