BlackBerry's October Android update brings improvements to Hub+, Launcher, Keyboard, more

BlackBerry's October Android update brings improvements to Hub+, Launcher, Keyboard, more
Since October is the month of Halloween, BlackBerry has decided to offer some nice treats to its customers. No, there are no candies to eat, but if you're using any of BlackBerry's Android apps, you'll more than pleased with what you'll get.

The Canadian company has just announced that the October Android update comes with lots of new features and improvements for several BlackBerry applications that are already very popular among users.

First of all, the BlackBerry Hub+ is getting Facebook Messenger support, so users will now be able to see and open all their chats and other messages directly within Hub+. The app also receive a new feature that allows users to save an image in the body of an email much easier: simply press and hold on the email and that should do it.

Another important app developed by BlackBerry, the Android Keyboard now features multiple ways to switch languages, as well as global gesture support (“swipe and delete” has been enabled as a settings option if using Type by Swiping).

Also, the BlackBerry Android Keyboard app includes more enterprise security, as users can now separate vocabulary learned in their personal space from words learned in their work space. That's pretty neat.

The BlackBerry Launcher received quite a few fixes in notifications, performance, and visuals. The new dynamic calendar icon available for devices powered by Android 5.0 or higher shows the current date.

Furthermore, those who are using the BlackBerry Password Keeper app will be happy to know that developers have improved privacy, so they will benefit from secure lists (i.e. gift list, to-do list, bucket list).

But the most important new feature is the fingerprint sensor support, which is available to all those who user BlackBerry Password Keeper on a smartphone with a fingerprint sensor.

Last but not least, the October Android update brings some performance optimizations for the BlackBerry camera application, along with some fixes to Hub, Calendar, Contact, Notes, and Tasks.

Those who use one or more of these BlackBerry applications for Android will be notified when these updates are available for download, but you can always check them out on Google Play.

source: BlackBerry

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11 Comments

1. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Sweet! Love the Hub and Keyboard!

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wish blackberry would license their keyboard since they're into software.

4. Furbal unregistered

I'd love for them to license their whole is (to include maintaining it). Do what Cyanogen tried but not fail at it.

5. Furbal unregistered

OS* not is.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. Just imagine iOS with BlackBerry level security. Would be awesome. And some blackberry features.

7. Furbal unregistered

Proper bb hub would be very nice.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's great to see that BlackBerry continually updates their Android software/apps with new features. It's always good when OEM's do this.

9. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Hey man, so far everything about my new PRIV is going great so far (it's really awesome), and also anyone that purchased the unlocked AT&T model will now officially get updates from BlackBerry, so I just updated to Marshmallow, and hoping for Nougat in the future!! :D http://www.techtimes.com/articles/183011/20161020/blackberry-priv-on-at-t-now-receives-updates-directly-from-blackberry.htm http://crackberry.com/if-you-purchased-unlocked-att-priv-your-updates-will-now-come-directly-blackberry http://support.blackberry.com/kb/articleDetail?articleNumber=000038204

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice! Glad you're enjoying it! And it's great to see that BlackBerry stayed true to their word and is updating factory unlocked AT&T PRIV's themselves now.

8. YoPauly unregistered

What a SHAME that Verizon refuses to update the BB Priv. Still on Lollipop with no sign of an update. Last security update was in JUNE! BB should just dump Verizon, they never even tried to market the Priv!

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, BlackBerry no longer makes CDMA handsets for the U.S. for this exact same reason: No carrier support from CDMA carriers. If BlackBerry made universally unlocked handsets, one could argue that BlackBerry could just bypass the carriers and update it themselves, but carriers like Verizon are notorious for NOT ALLOWING UNBRANDED HANDSETS that they don't support to run on their network, let alone get full network features, so BlackBerry making a universally unlocked handset for those purposes wouldn't turn out well at all.

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