BlackBerry to license its legendary QWERTY to other phone manufacturers



BlackBerry might be outsourcing hardware for its future handsets, but one part of the BlackBerry design will live on. CEO John Chen will "selectively" license out its iconic QWERTY keyboard to smartphone manufacturers. BlackBerry is known for its outstanding physical keyboards with the fretted QWERTY on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 probably considered the best physical keyboard to ever grace a smartphone.

Speaking of the best, Chen says that his three favorite BlackBerry models of all time are the BlackBerry Bold 9900, the BlackBerry Curve series and the BlackBerry Passport. The Bold 9900 is similar to the Bold 9000, but includes a touch screen. The Passport sports a unique hybrid keyboard that is a combination of touch and physical. Additionally, BlackBerry's CEO admitted that he has never used a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet; he isn't the only one.

For those who have always had a thing for the BlackBerry physical QWERTY keyboard, Chen's announcement is good news. Since the company will be providing the QWERTY only for other manufacturers, it would seem to be all upside and very limited downside for the company from Waterloo.


source: BNN via Crackberry

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53 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I called it.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Who answered?

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nobody. He just wants to feel special.

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pot, meet the fking kettle.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Nerve touched, deep in your gut because I hit you with the truth.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Meanest and his sausage loving Buddy.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the guy that swallows sausages whole for breakfast.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't want to hear about your little escapades with bobbydigital.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop projecting. We both know you're referring to your escapades with pentikitty.

47. stevetherican

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

You & mxy are starting to remind me of tom & jerry lol

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! I'm Jerry, though. Mxy can be Tom. Tom is an idiot.

14. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

I called your Mom. She's making my favorite for dinner.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're pathetic. Just a few days ago, you were going against your bf. Now you're running back to him like a sick puppy dog. Lol you're pathetic.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! You are jealous! This is rich! Lmao! Now THAT'S pathetic!

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol please don't flatter yourself. I don't care about you and your little butt buddy. I just find it funny you two were having a hissy fight on a tech blog before you two kissed and made up.

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Now you're embarrassed that I just outed you. And considering who your favorite CEO is, we know that you're the one with the butt-buddy.

53. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

We all know that butt buddy is you and pentakitty's thing. Fitting you enjoy tech from a fruit company.

52. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Awww... you're jealous no one wants you Michelle? Lmao!! And coming from the king of swinging from MG's sack, that's pretty rich.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Anyone who's followed BlackBerry lately knew this was already coming. Great to see that the iconic pkb will live on.

19. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I've found Motorola did pretty well with the keyboard found on the Motorola Q9m and Droid Pro and Droid 4 as did Palm with the Pre and Pixie but both have stopped producing phones with hardware keyboards... well Palm has been finished. That said I hope to see more phones in the future with a good hardware keyboard with wider availability and a more reasonable price. I find myself having to type out extensive emails and messages, all of them work related, and typing on a display still leaves a lot to be desired.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

I loved the pkb's on the Motorola Q series! I was also a huge fan of the keyboards on the Nokia E series as well.

5. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL no one cares about your keyword anymore. The old business men and women of the last decade are the only people who had a hard on for you blackberry, no one born 90's up cares. Everyone has moved on from you after the iPhone come into play. Blackberry needs to just stop talking about hardware altogether.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

There are people in enterprise and government right now that would disagree with you. Why do you think the laptop hasn't died, or that they make hardware keyboard attachments for tablets, including iPads? Niche though it may be, they'll be some sort of demand for physical keyboard devices for some time to come.

12. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Mr. Meaney, I can type at 65WPM with about 95% accuracy on my computer's mechanical keyboard... On my Bold 4...? Now I don't know for sure, but it must be right around 25WPM, tops... On my Nexus and Lumia with a swipe keyboard...? I actually checked it and it turned out to be a respectable 56WPM... You're forgetting a LITTLE something here, Meaney... EIGHT FINGERS vs. TWO THUMBS, eh? I loved my little Berry which my company gave me... But I would've preferred, MUCH preferred a Z10... Go figure, gent! Oh well... (You must be well aware of what comes after my "Oh well", eh? So... It's about time for you to SHUT YOUR EYES)... Ready? You better be cause here comes the INFAMOUS... G'Day!

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Greenie, anecdotal experience does not equate to everyone else's experience typing on a BlackBerry Bold. And you can't use your eight fingers to select multiple letters at the same time when typing. And what YOU prefer isn't what everyone prefers. It's called CHOICE. Maybe you've heard of it? Now, time for YOU to shut your eyes (and, more preferably, your mouth).... Ready? You better be, because here comes the soon-to-be INFAMOUS.... G'Riddance!

22. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

G'Riddance, eh? I like the sound of it... Has a nice ring to it, eh? Oh well... G'Bye!

24. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Aye, choices... What makes a man a man, a friends of mine once wondered... Is it his origins? The way he comes to life? I don't think so... Its the CHOICES he makes; not how he starts things but how he decides to end things... Ring a ding ding, anyone? Probably not... All bloody geeks with terrible taste... Oh well... H'Day! (H? Why "H" Day, you ask? Well, You've to find out by yourself...!) LONG LIVE THE "HB"...

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Have you ever tried to type long amounts of text on a touchscreen? It's so rewarding to type out long emails on an actual keyboard versus a touchscreen. Much more comfortable, in my opinion. Also, you can type under a table without anyone seeing what you're doing. You can't do that on a touchscreen.

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Read my comment above, Doc... I'd bet on my Blackberry's cracked screen that T9 Keyboard with an Auto predictive dictionary is FASTER...! Not only that but it's also... EASIER...! Solve people think there's some magic with manual transmissions and physical keyboards... I'm totally agree with the former... Don't feel so "hot" about the later though...! P.S I've BIG paws... So big that I can use a 7" Tablet with one hand without stretching... So perhaps my paws are to blame, eh? Oh well... G'Day!

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Reading comprehension must be hard...wherever you are from. I never once mentioned in my comment anything about words per minute. I mentioned comfortability for long texts and being able to type without looking down.

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