Keyboard shortcuts could return with the BlackBerry Classic

Keyboard shortcuts could return with the BlackBerry Classic
When BlackBerry turned QNX into BlackBerry 10, it did away with the keyboard short cuts that were near and dear to a BlackBerry fan's heart. These shortcuts enabled users to tap or double tap on a single key to get something to happen. Ar far back as May, a peak into the BlackBerry 10.3 SDK revealed that by using a long press on certain keys, you could save time with a short cut.

With the BlackBerry Classic bringing back old-school features like a track pad and function keys, the good news is that shortcuts are coming back to BlackBerry. But instead of the old fashioned double tap of the spacebar to bring up a period,  it looks like users will be able to create their own shortcuts by using long presses. You will be able to create a shortcut to call up an app, write a new message, or call a frequently dialed number.

The new shortcuts might be first seen on the BlackBerry Classic and then make their way out to other models via BlackBerry 10.3.1. We've included some leaked shots of what appears to be the new shortcut system along with a list of shortcuts from the days when BlackBerry was BlackBerry.

source: DTBlackBerry, BlackBerry via Crackberry



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry is definitely making the Classic harken back to days of old, and I for one, couldn't be happier. There are some features from BBOS7 that was missed by BlackBerry fans(including myself), that are now being returned with the Classic. BlackBerry is listening to its fan base, which is a great thing. Kudos to BlackBerry for making such good moves on what is shaping up to be a "Classic" smartphone.

2. gregoryyy3 unregistered

I want it!!

8. swiekekodok

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

I want it too,just remember me about my Bold 9000 (look a like)....

3. clirim

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

I own Samsung Galaxy s5 but this phone looks sexy and i for sure in the future will look for a blackberry smartphone. Love the keyboard.

6. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Stick with your Galaxy S5. Much better phone and OS

4. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I wish they would make the keyboard slightly larger.

7. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

I still want a blackberry so what it was my very first phone and I missed the simple texting and calling days the phone is a beast for battery life and the classic design beats the ip6 hands down I will be on the hunt for this phone and keep it forever

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