BlackBerry KEYone's keyboard shortcuts get showcased in official video

BlackBerry KEYone's keyboard shortcuts get showcased in official video
Announced back in February, the BlackBerry KEYone is supposed to be hitting shelves starting this month, at least in some regions (while in others, like Europe, it could arrive in May).

While waiting for BlackBerry Mobile to share official details about the release of the KEYone, you may want to check out a video that showcases one of the smartphone's important features: keyboard shortcuts. Similar to the (now old) BlackBerry Priv, the KEYone lets you assign shortcuts for each of its 26 hardware keys. As you can see in the video embedded below, you can actually assign up to 52 shortcuts, as one key can perform two actions. For example, you could long-press M to open Maps, and short-press it to call your mom. 

We'd say that keyboard shortcuts are pretty cool - this is something that you can't do on most other handsets currently on the market, since they do not have hardware keyboards. With that in mind, do you think you'll be interested in purchasing a BlackBerry KEYone? 

source: BlackBerry Mobile (YouTube)

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1. aegislash

Posts: 1517; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

This is actually frickin awesome. Congrats to them for taking physical keyboard to a whole new level. I can't wait to have one of these babies in my hands.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

BlackBerry's been doing this for at least a decade.

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Modernization though.

2. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

So while all of these major phone companies are walking in the direction of minimizing bezels, BimboBerry adds a physical keyboard that makes the screen small as hell there was a poll recently on here and it asked what method of texting do you use and Swipe + Tap and Swipe were the most popular votes so if you haven't been accustomed to the screen keyboard on a mobile by now you have been in a coma for a few years. The specs are lower than most decent budget phones as well, their only selling point is "Physical keyboard." (In my opinion) While Samsung is taking a better approach to want to use a keyboard and giving that best of both worlds feeling with Dex.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry didn't "add" a physical keyboard. They've had handsets with physical keyboards since their first BlackBerry handset. You'd have to have just woke up from a coma if you didn't know this. There are people that prefer physical keyboards, so don't bash their choice or the company that gives this choice just because you don't. You can even use Swype on a BlackBerry physical keyboard devices like the PRIV, and I'm certain it's a feature that will be carried over to the KEYone. Don't knock CHOICE. It's what's best for the consumer.

8. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

I owned a BlackBerry Curve when I was like in eighth grade or so. I know they have always had keyboards but at this point its such an unconventional choice. It still feels as if they are trying to bask in their previous success and not innovate in anything else, Any other phone OEM that exists or would come to exist and attempt to do the same would not get any where near a sort of following. I'm not knocking choice it is just very hard to see them keep coming back thinking they will rise again. Kind of like the Call of Duty series? "WHY WON'T YOU DIE ALREADY?"

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you owned a BlackBerry Curve and yet you made a post like they just added a physical keyboard to the KEYone? I call BS. The fact that this is only your 49th post from you after joining PA yesterday speaks volumes, lol. You clearly haven't used a BB10 or BlackBerry Secured Android physical device if you're basing their current physical keyboards on a legacy BBOS.x device. This article here that you're commenting in clearly states one of the innovations that BlackBerry has made with physical keyboards. You did knock the choice, and the company (BimboBerry is a word you just came up with, after all), and just because you don't like what they're doing doesn't mean you should bash them or the choice of a physical keyboard. The fact that you added the last two sentences also speaks volumes. As I said, CHOICE is what's best for the consumer, and not just the same old, tastes like chicken, slabs we've been seeing around the mobile market.

16. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

I basically explained that in this day in age having a keyboard on a phone feels like the bold move of adding it, LG, Samsung, Motorola had physical keyboards. This day in age the "That's what we always have done." Slogan shouldn't be existant in technology being complacent like that is a reason why I question their existance. I have not had my hands on a Android Blackberry device correct. According to you tho I am the first person to ever bash an OEM on this website ay? Techie thought I was a poster of PA going rogue. I have been browsing this site for over a year and just made an account.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

How does it feel that way, when BlackBerry has had physical keyboard phones being put out (first from them, now from their licensees), non-stop since they started releasing smartphones? How is making a touch-enabled physical keyboard that can function as mouse, has innovative gesture features like "flick typing", has innovative features like keyboard shortcuts, and that supports Swype "typing" being complacent? Being complacent is following the herd and producing the same old full touch slabs over and over again. THAT should be a reason why you question the existence of a smartphone OEM. Why do you think that companies make physical keyboards that connect to smartphones and some OEM's are looking to experiment with bendable/foldable form factors now? And where did I say that you're the first person to ever bash an OEM? Provide the link where I said it, exactly. There are plenty of trolls that bash OEM's around here. However, making an account just to bash OEM's that provide CHOICE speaks volumes.

21. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

If you looked around a little bit more today you would realize I didn't just "bash" OEMs I currently sport a iPhone 7 and a S8 I still discuss flaws of each and every OEM I don't stand behind any company like a fanboy. There are mostly Android lovers here (Nothing wrong with that) but I enjoy playing devils advocate as well because the perfect phone will never exist. And all those little typing "Innovations." seem like them just rehashing the phone in any little way they can to make it seem fresh and appealing.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you reread your own comment, you just bashed BlackBerry, and by default, BlackBerry Mobile/TCL, since they have either produced or are currently producing BlackBerry branded physical keyboard handsets. You say you don't stand behind companies like a fanboy, but you bash certain ones like a troll because they don't fit your idea of what a smartphone should have (the word BimboBerry that you made up keeps coming to mind). And let's not talk about "rehashing" of phones when the two top dogs in the smartphone space, Apple and Samsung, are as guilty as anyone for doing this, if not more so. At least the BlackBerry/BlackBerry Mobile offers a CHOICE of form factors, from the "fixed" physical keyboard, to the slide out physical keyboard that can be hidden, to the all-touch slab.

25. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

I did bash BlackBerry by calling them "BimboBerry." I was contesting what you said about me creating an account JUST to bash OEMs my rebuttal was no "I didn't JUST bash OEMs." Never denied the fact that I did some of that today, lol.You are absolutely right that those two are the kings of rehashing but I enjoy having a phone with actually admirable specs.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

I know you did bash BlackBerry by calling them "BimboBerry", but thanks for admitting it, anyway. And you made the "BimboBerry" remark BEFORE I even responded to your first comment, so how were you "contesting" anything? Did you take a trip in your Delorean and come "back from the future"? Lol. The fact that you bashed them with your trolling remark speaks volumes about a guy who just made an account yesterday. Admirable specs are subjective. I happen to prefer a phone that provides maximum efficiency when it comes to productivity, great build quality, and great battery life. Crappy battery life is in most cases a deal breaker for me.

33. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

You stated that I made an account just to bash OEMs which was not my goal at all, I called BlackBerry BimboBerry that was about the only true "Bashing." I did, shove that down my throat some more please. Lol the only other thing I did was explain why I don't think this phone will be anywhere near the raging success it aspires to be. But I guess you forsee a ban incoming because of that. Before I ever created an account here the behavior I displayed in this thread is very P.C compared to the amount of "Shamesung." and other mockery names of OEMs I saw on a daily basis for months.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bashing is bashing. You could have just as easily gotten your point across without doing so. That, and you already admitted to bashing BlackBerry. I'll gladly "shove that down your throat", but don't get the wrong idea about said shoving down your throat, lol. No one, not even the people who have made this handset, has aspired it to be a "raging success" beyond the niche market that it's aimed at. They even said as much. I foresee a ban due to your admitted bashing out of the gate. I don't care about what others are displaying, because we are talking about what you've done. Don't deflect from that.

37. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

I'm not deflecting that now, I realize I said one thing that was distasteful to the community other than that I was pretty cool and collected about how this phone and what BlackBerry puts out could be so much more, I'm sure if you guys cared that much about me being faux you could trace this IP and realize it's fresh because if I got banned would this IP be banned from making another account? I will continue to be active and get my point across without bashing. I am just trying to engage in phone talk with the community here.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

Glad you're admitting your fault. As I said, you could have gotten your point across without the bashing. What EVERY smartphone vendor puts out "could be more" in someone's eyes, and that goes for Apple and Samsung as well. People CHOOSE what suits them best. That's the great thing about having a choice in the first place. There are apps that can hide your IP address. I'm pretty sure you know that. Active dialogue without the bashing is what's always welcome anywhere, and everyone should be respectful of others choices and not bash just because they don't like it. I don't see the point in commenting on something that someone doesn't like in the first place.

45. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

This is true in the eyes of the consumer a phone could always be more, and I guess I was aware that there is IP hiding apps I just wouldn't go through the lengths of figuring that out to go faux on a phone tech community website. This is supposed to be their flagship for the year right? Their top of the line? Why did they not move forward with the Priv development? That phone could maximize itself with 5.4 inches of screen with the option to switch to physical keyboard and reduce your screen size. With the Key One you are stuck at 4.5 and the physical keyboard always showing? People like choices right? That was a point you kept throwing across to me. Why is BlackBerry moving backwards with choices?

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

Glad we can agree on that part. And there are plenty of people here that no doubt take advantage of such apps. This isn't their flagship of the year. They have at least two more phones coming out this year, and that's not including what Opteimus in India and the Indonesian joint venture that are also BlackBerry licensees are putting out. BlackBerry Mobile/TCL wanted to start with a handset that spoke to the current BlackBerry user base, as well as those in the market for a smartphone that focuses on productivity, security, and great battery life. People do like choices, and the choice of a "fixed", always showing physical keyboard is one of them. That's not moving backwards, because this is the first of many BlackBerry branded smartphones to be put out by BlackBerry Mobile/TCL. What's wrong with using this classic BlackBerry form factor as a starting point? Besides, there are already full touch BlackBerry Android phones out right now that are available for purchase if you don't like the "always showing" form factor. The DTEK60 comes to mind, and it's packing flagship specs. How's that for choice? The KEYone is getting more rave "reviews" than the PRIV, and part of it has to do with its form factor. I'd call that moving forward with what works best.

38. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

I guess I shouldn't receive any sympathy from someone with a screen name of meanestgenius tho.

40. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

I will g

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Go on and be follower. Be part of the herd and let yourself be coaxed into the slaughterhouse. "That's the way we always have done" works for a reason.

6. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Did you impress your Sunday School buddies with that preaching, Export?

9. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Go back to sleep, sleeper...there was literally no relevance in that comment.

10. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Your preaching was boring so, sod off.

11. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Me letting everyone in here know if they have intentions of buying BlackBerry stock, don't. Lol

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22276; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you just made it clear why you created your account yesterday. I see a perma-ban coming up in the near future for you. By the way, BlackBerry Mobile/TCL also makes full-touch screen BlackBerry handsets, and they'll be releasing one this year. They provide CHOICE, which is what's best for the consumer.

15. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Proof is in the puddin', and he supplied a heap of it, Big Homie. Don't know why cats knock choice, knowin' deep down choice is always what's best for err'body.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Oh where oh where could "he" possibly be? Another faux account perhaps?

22. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

I'm a fake account? Lol...yes I am a ROBOT Lololol

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