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BlackBerry and BLU settle patent dispute and agree on license agreement

Friday, October 13th, 2017

A couple of months ago we learned that BlackBerry CEO John Chen decided a good way to arrest his company's decline was to go into patent lawsuit mode. His first victim was rival manufacturer BLU, against which BlackBerry filed two separate infringement lawsuits covering 15 different patents. One of the suits was mainly based software while the other looked at hardware, specifically relating to phone signal transmission.

Before filing the suits, BlackBerry said it approached BLU with terms for licensing the patents, but that the offer was turned down, and so legal action was taken.

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BlackBerry and BLU settle patent dispute and agree on license agreement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BlackBerry unveils the fullscreen Motion with IP67 rating and 4000mAh battery

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The leaks for BlackBerry's next fullscreen smartphone have been going for a few months. What was first known as the BlackBerry Krypton then referred to as the Motion is now official under the latter name. The phone is still manufactured by TCL, but unlike its predecessor, the KEYone, it doesn't sport a full QWERTY keyboard but goes with the more predominant full touchscreen form factor.

As leaked earlier, the Motion has a 5.5" 1080p display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, what seems to be 32GB of storage, Dual SIM support, an 8MP front camera and a 12MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

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BlackBerry unveils the fullscreen Motion with IP67 rating and 4000mAh battery was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

This is the BlackBerry Motion, an upcoming Android phone with no keyboard in sight

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Since BlackBerry got out of the hardware game, and TCL started building phones for the company previously known for its physical keyboard-toting business phones, we've seen a couple of new BlackBerry-branded devices. There was the modest Aurora (sans keyboard), specifically for the Indonesian market, and then there was the flagship KEYone, which was supposed to invoke memories of BlackBerry roots with its physical keyboard. It did so, to some extent, even if it was underwhelming in certain areas.

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This is the BlackBerry Motion, an upcoming Android phone with no keyboard in sight was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BlackBerry’s upcoming fullscreen Krypton shows its carbon fiber patterned back

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The BlackBerry Krypton has been popping up on the rumor mill for a few months, but today we get our first look at what could be the device's back. As you can see from the image above, it has a carbon fiber patterned backside with a shiny BlackBerry logo. The camera has one LED flash though, as opposed to the dual LED on the KEYone.

According to previous rumors and leaks, the Krypton will be the DTEK50/60's successor with a fullscreen display and no QWERTY, unlike the KEYone.

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BlackBerry's upcoming fullscreen Krypton shows its carbon fiber patterned back was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BlackBerry confirms the Priv won’t get Android Nougat

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The BlackBerry Priv was an odd device for many reasons. It was the first Android phone from BlackBerry, it was a flagship device with a physical keyboard, and it was the last phone manufactured in-house by BlackBerry. But as many Priv owners have probably been expecting, it won't receive further updates.

BlackBerry's General manager of Mobilty Solutions, Alex Thurber, confirmed the news during the 100th episode of the UTB Blogcast.

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BlackBerry confirms the Priv won't get Android Nougat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T now offers BlackBerry KEYone in exclusive ‘Space Black’ color for $499.99

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

At launch, Sprint was the only US carrier that sold BlackBerry's KEYone, a unique device with a permanent hardware keyboard as a large chin. That stayed true until yesterday, but now, the phone is also available on AT&T in an exclusive Space Black color for $499.99.

Aside from its new coat of black paint, AT&T's KEYone appears to be the same as any other KEYone. That means you get a 4.5" 1620x1080 IPS display, a Snapdragon 625, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with microSD expansion, a 12MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 3505mAh battery.

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AT&T now offers BlackBerry KEYone in exclusive 'Space Black' color for $499.99 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BlackBerry rolls out updates to 8 apps including Hub, Keyboard, and Launcher

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Anyone with a BlackBerry device is going to have a few more app updates than usual today. BlackBerry is announcing new versions of eight apps today, all of which are in the Play Store. Not every update here is huge, but none of them are boring "optimization and bug fix" updates, either.

The eight apps getting updates are BlackBerry Hub, Keyboard, Launcher, Calendar, Contacts, Productivity Tab, Notable, and Privacy Shade. Here are all the changelogs.

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BlackBerry rolls out updates to 8 apps including Hub, Keyboard, and Launcher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BlackBerry may start licensing its Android ROM, called ‘BlackBerry Secure’

Friday, August 25th, 2017

BlackBerry has always placed a high priority on the needs of businesses, especially when it comes to security. All of the company's Android phones come with the 'DTEK' security suite, and BlackBerry has done a pretty good job of pushing out Google's monthly security patches. Now, BlackBerry may be looking to license its secure version of Android to other companies.

According to a report from The Economic Times, BlackBerry is calling its version of Android "BlackBerry Secure," and it includes all the security features currently shipping on its Android devices.

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BlackBerry may start licensing its Android ROM, called 'BlackBerry Secure' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

BlackBerry KEYone coming to AT&T on September 1, with exclusive ‘Space Black’ model

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The BlackBerry KEYone has done a pretty good job of filling the keyboard phone niche, however large that might be. And TCL, the device's manufacturer, has even improved the build quality since launch. In the United States, the only carrier offering the KEYone has been Sprint, but AT&T is about to join the QWERTY party.

Starting on September 1, the KEYone will be available for purchase from AT&T. It will be sold for $16.67 a month for 30 months on AT&T Next, and presumably somewhere around $549 full-price (that's what the unlocked GSM model costs right now).

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BlackBerry KEYone coming to AT&T on September 1, with exclusive 'Space Black' model was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sprint says KEYone’s bloatware bug will be fixed in an OTA update

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The KEYone is available as an unlocked phone, and that's probably how most BlackBerry fans will buy it. However, there's a Sprint version, too. Owners of the Sprint version recently reported an aggravating battle with bloatware, which was constantly reinstalling itself on the phone. Sprint has now confirmed this is a bug, and it'll be fixed soon.

According to multiple accounts from KEYone owners, the SprintID app is frequently waking up and checking for the presence of pre-installed apps like Amazon, Audible, Facebook Messenger, and Lookout.

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Sprint says KEYone's bloatware bug will be fixed in an OTA update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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