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TCL is starting an invitation-only Oreo beta for the KEYone

The BlackBerry KEYone launched a year ago with Android Nougat, and today it still runs Android Nougat. Oh sure, there have been regular security patches over the months, but the lack of an OS update after more than six months of Oreo availability is embarrassing. TCL is taking the first step toward making the OTA happen, though. There's an Oreo beta for the KEYone, but you need an invite.

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BlackBerry KEY2 review: One of the most unique phones around comes up short of awesome

The BlackBerry KEY2 is a phone unstuck in time, marrying modern silicon and software with a look that recalls handsets from a good decade before its release. Models like the Priv and last year's KEYone have been fighting the good fight for physical hardware keyboards long after the rest of the world has moved on.

Now the KEY2 is picking up the torch (no pun intended) with its mid-range Snapdragon 660 SoC, relatively petite 4.5-inch HD display, and a new dual-12MP rear camera system. Pricing is up $100 to $650 this year, and it's available in July unlocked at Amazon and Best Buy.

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BlackBerry KEY2 ships in US on July 13th, pre-orders open June 29th

The days of phones with hardware keyboards might be mostly behind us, but there is a steadfast bunch that sticks to their desire for increased tactile feedback, and BlackBerry continues to oblige their interests. The much-anticipated KEY2 is one way the thumb-board warriors can get their fix without resorting to antique hardware, and they'll be glad to know their clicky-keyed savior is coming to the US on July 13th. For the impatient, presales open early on June 29th.

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Android Enterprise Recommended program adds new models from Huawei, Motorola, BlackBerry, and others

Back in February, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program, which defines which phones are ideal for business use. Devices in the program have to follow a set of guidelines from Google, such as rolling out security updates within 90 days of release. The company announced today that a handful of more devices have been added to the program, including the Moto G6, Huawei P20/P20 Pro, and Sony Xperia XZ2.

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The BlackBerry KEY2 arrives later this month for $649

BlackBerry used to rule the smartphone market, and well, it doesn't now. However, there are still people who crave the feel of a physical keyboard under their thumbs. Last year, they got the KEYOne, and rumors of the KEY2 have percolated in recent months. Today, BlackBerry and TCL have made the KEY2 official. It has a refined keyboard, a dual camera, and it's coming your way later this month.

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[Update: In black, too] BlackBerry KEY2 press images leak ahead of June 7 announcement

BlackBerry's KEYone successor, the KEY2, is set to be announced in a few days on June 7th. But it turns out that we won't have to wait to get a good look at the KEY2, as serial leaker Evan Blass has just published some press images revealing every angle of the phone.

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BlackBerry Key2 teaser video confirms dual camera and new keyboard button

BlackBerry teamed up with TCL a while back to produce Android phones, but the first few were just re-branded Alcatel devices. The KeyOne was the first truly "BlackBerry" phone to come out of the partnership, and a sequel is imminent. A teaser video from BlackBerry shows off some bits of the upcoming Key2, including the new dual-camera setup.

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BlackBerry KEY2 launch is coming on June 7, for all you hardware keyboard lovers

Developing a new smartphone is a huge investment, which is part of why we see so many phones that are so much alike — if something's working well for one manufacturer and shoppers are responding positively, everybody else is going to want to do the same thing (this is why you're seeing notches everywhere). But occasionally we get a phone that's not afraid to play by its own rules, and that's very much what we saw last year with the BlackBerry KEYone. Not everyone loved it — we certainly had a few issues with how it turned out — but there was no denying it was a phone with its own style.

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[Update: Indictments in, assets seized] FBI busts Phantom Secure CEO for selling secured BlackBerry phones to drug cartels

There are several companies that offer encrypted and untraceable phones for use by the more private figures among us, and Canada-based Phantom Secure is one of them. However, its founder and CEO, Vincent Ramos, has been arrested by the FBI on several charges, all of which are related to selling locked-down BlackBerry phones to members of illegal organizations such as the Sinaloa drug cartel and the Hells Angels.

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BlackBerry alleges Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram are infringing on BBM patents

BlackBerry Messenger was the iMessage of the late 2000s, especially since it was initially exclusive to the company's own hardware. BBM expanded to iOS and Android in 2013, but it has become mostly irrelevant thanks to competitors like WhatsApp and iMessage. BlackBerry is now suing Facebook and its subsidiaries (including WhatsApp and Instagram), alleging that Facebook is violating numerous BBM patents.

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