BlackBerry patent suggests upcoming smartphone offers authentication via touch keyboard

File this under maybes since there's no way to tell if BlackBerry is still interested to add new features and improvements to its smartphones now that the Canadian entity decided to become a software-only company.

Some of you might recall our previous reports highlighting some of the features the unannounced BlackBerry Mercury has to offer in terms of hardware. Well, it looks like there's more to it than we've originally thought.

A new patent published on October 13 suggests that BlackBerry might include an authentication system based on a touch-sensitive keyboard. The pictures attached to the patent show a traditional BlackBerry device with a 3-row keyboard, but the description of the patent provides us with more information on the new security feature BlackBerry phones might employ in the future.

According to the patent, the application developed by BlackBerry is definitely related to authentication for access to a device and specifically to authentication using a touch-sensitive keyboard.

We doubt that this form of authentication will be part of the upcoming DTEK60, which has yet to be officially released on the market, but there's a high chance that BlackBerry will allow third-party manufacturers to include it in future models.



1. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Blackberry Priv 2?

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

Doubtful. This will be used for their upcoming Mercury handset, most likely which looks more like a Passport/Classic hybrid.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

"As you can tell by reading through it, it doesn't exactly state that a fingerprint scanner in the traditional sense will be integrated but instead, that swipes and combination of keys could be used in a certain region of the keyboard for authentication in place of numeric or alphanumeric passwords." This is from the CrackBerry source link. This type authentication to get into the phone in lieu of numeric or alphanumeric passwords seems to be quite innovative, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this in action. It's nice to see that BlackBerry is creating fresh IP for their handsets.

4. truthwins unregistered

The 2017 will be the year of blackberry and nokia

5. Cipher007

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You must be jo

6. Cipher007

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You're joking right ?

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He is.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3168; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

John Chen did say that BlackBerry would license their keyboard. He didn't offer any specifics so this could be for any device.

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