Blackberry “Mercury” Goes Official as the KEYone for the Physical Keyboard Lovers

In a couple of hours (10AM Pacific), Blackberry Mobile will make their new phone, the KEYone, official at Mobile World Congress. You may remember this phone from CES as the “Mercury,” the throwback-style keyboarded Blackberry that also runs Android.

The phone, with its entire specs list and feature set, was posted to Blackberry Mobile’s site hours ago, which was hours before the phone was actually announced. Because of that, well, we have all of the details for you now.  (more…)

TCL Made a Blackberry Phone Powered by Android, With a QWERTY That Looks Nice

This week at CES, TCL, the company who essentially bought Blackberry’s handset business to continue pushing the brand into a physical form, showed off a prototype device that is powered by Android and includes the classic Blackberry physical QWERTY keyboard. They aren’t saying much about it, but did let select press get their grubby little blogger hands on it. This is what we know.  (more…)

DTEK60 Announced by BlackBerry, Priced at $499 With 5.5″ QHD Display and Plenty of Security

BlackBerry announced a new phone this week, the DTEK60. As was detailed back in September, this new hardware was likely not created by BlackBerry, but the software and overall experience is pure BB. Featuring a 5.5″ QHD AMOLED display, 21-megapixel rear-facing camera, fingerprint reader on the back and 2TB microSD card support, the phone is available for purchase starting today in the US and other regions across the globe.  (more…)

Blackberry Will No Longer Make Its Own Phones

Back in July, Blackberry announced a new Android phones called the DTEK50, a $300 unlocked device with a focus on what the company has always done best – security. Moments after the phone was announced, the internet was quick to point out that this was nothing more than a re-branded Alcatel Idol 4. In other words, Blackberry didn’t make the DTEK50, they let someone else do it, slapped their name on it, and flooded it full of their security features.

If you thought the DTEK50 was a one-off, you would be wrong.  (more…)

BlackBerry Taking Quadrooter Vulnerability Seriously, Releasing Patch for Priv and DTEK50

Quadrooter, the malware potentially affecting millions of Snapdragon-powered smartphones, is still in the news. With the issue discovered, OEMs and Google are beginning to patch the problem, with BlackBerry taking the lead to protect its device purchasers.

According to a post from BlackBerry, those who purchased either a Priv or DTEK50 smartphone from the company’s online shop will receive a security patch for all four vulnerabilities associated with Quadrooter. While three of the four vulnerabilities were already addressed with Google’s August security patch, this new patch from BlackBerry will ensure you no longer need to worry about any part of Quadrooter.  (more…)

BlackBerry Launches Hub+ Suite of Apps for Android 6.0+ Devices

BlackBerry announced the Hub+ suite of applications this morning, not limited to just BlackBerry devices. In fact, any Android device running Android 6.0+ can use these apps free of charge and ad-free, at least for a limited time. Inside this suite is the Hub app itself, the unified inbox that helps users keep their email and messages organized, while also secured.

In addition to Hub, BlackBerry is allowing everyone to download its Password Keeper application (self explanatory, I hope), Calendar, Notes, Tasks, Launcher, and more. The apps are the exact same you would find on any recently launched BlackBerry Android device.  (more…)

BlackBerry Announces the DTEK50, $300 Phone All About Security

BlackBerry announced the DTEK50, an affordable smartphone focused on bringing security to all Android fans. While the specs inside of the DTEK50 won’t blow you away, even with BlackBerry highlighting the autofocus-having 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, it seems like a decent option for those who value security over other premium features.

As for the specs, potential buyers will find a 5.2″ FHD display, Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (added microSD card support), 2,610mAh battery, GSM network compatibility, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with Phase Detect autofocus, and Android 6.0+.  (more…)