If you own a BlackBerry handset that runs on Android (starting with the BlackBerry Priv
and later), the company has dropped an update for the BlackBerry Keyboard app found in the Google Play Store
. Spotted by CrackBerry
, the update adds some new features to the models' virtual QWERTY keyboard but also removes some as well. Even if you primarily use the physical QWERTY on the Priv, KEYOne
or KEY2 LE
, you might still want to install the update.
The new features that come with the app include one that will show you on the space bar, the current language being used on the keyboard. Of course, this only appears if you've setup more than one language for the virtual keyboard on your BlackBerry phone. Long-pressing the settings icon above the keyboard will now allow you to access the keyboard settings menu. Perhaps the most important result of installing the update is improved word predictions. As great as that sounds, it does come at a cost. Installing the update will clear all of the words that your phone has learned up to this point, and will prevent you from setting up a third language for the multi-language keyboard feature; it also gets rid of the restricted word list.
While BlackBerry still supplies the software (and apps) for BlackBerry handsets, the actual phones are produced by other manufacturers who have obtained a license to use the BlackBerry name on their phones. Those companies include China's TCL, Indonesia's BB Merah Purih and India's Optiemus Infracom.