Rogers BlackBerry KEYone to receive Android Oreo beginning June 28th; U.S. models could get it soon

This Thursday will mark a historic event for the BlackBerry KEYone. On June 28th, the phone will receive its first update to Android Oreo in North America. According to a chart posted by Canadian carrier Rogers, not only will the KEYone start to receive Android 8.0 in four days, the update will also allow the handset to support Wi-Fi calling. This could be good news for KEYone owners south of the border, because updates scheduled for Rogers often coincide with updates for the same device on U.S. carriers, and for unlocked models as well.

The BlackBerry KEYone launched last year with Android 7.1 installed, and the update to Android 8.0 Oreo will be the first time that the phone has received a new build of Android to run on. It should be noted that the upcoming BlackBerry Key2, set to launch in Canada on July 6th and in the U.S. a week later, will come out of the box with Android 8.1 pre-installed.

The new features found in Android 8.0 include Picture-in-Picture, which allows users to watch a video while still interacting with an app running in the background. Notification dots appear on home screen app icons to alert users to unread notifications, and the Settings menu has been cut down in size. The ugly, blob-like emoji are replaced with circular ones, and notifications can be snoozed.

With the KEY2 arriving soon, we have seen some deals on its predecessor. The KEYone is still a serviceable handset, and for those who find the $649 price tag for the sequel to be too high for what is essentially a mid-range device, the KEYone might be a more affordable alternative. 

source: Rogers

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  • Battery 3505 mAh
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6. Venom

Posts: 4116; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Better late than never. I don't think P will be on the table given that the KeyONE will be two years old and severely outdated if we go by this for reference.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pretty sure you meant *reference, not refinance. And if the KEYᵒⁿᵉ does happen to get “P” after going from Android 7.1 to Oreo, you would still find a reason to complain about it.

10. Venom

Posts: 4116; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Uh yeah, I'm not sure what this has to do with financing but ok. The KeyONE more than likely isn't going to get P.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hahahahahahahahaha! I should have taken a screenshot, as we both know that you edited your comment before the allotted time limit. Face the facts that you’re busted and it was me that busted you. And you’ll complain even if it does get P, because it carries a smartphone brand name who’s products I prefer.

13. Venom

Posts: 4116; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Busted for what? I didn't edit anything. What on earth are you talking about now? I'm not going to complain because I would be too shocked to even care. Complaining about something someone likes is what you do.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, lying is second nature to you. Then again, why wouldn’t it be, when you keep on lying about you not being mxy? You’d find a reason to complain, so cut the lies about that also. No, it’s clearly what you do, that’s why you’re always complaining and whining on Nokia and BlackBerry articles.

18. Venom

Posts: 4116; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You're one to talk about someone lying considering that you lie through your teeth. I'm not who you think I am. I'm not the one who continues to attack Google and Essential in articles that isn't even about them. The only one who has a problem with my comments is you. Just let it go already.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

You lie so much there is a picture of you next to the word when you look it up in the dictionary. You are indeed who I *know you are. Another person in a recent article just mentioned who you really are as well. You’re the one that continues to attack BlackBerry, Nokia and Huawei. You even confirmed that you attack BlackBerry because of me in your first account. You have a problem with me correcting your falsehoods and pointing out your trolling, all while you having a problem with my factual comments about Google and Essential. Get over it already.

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice. Better late than never. Hopefully, the Android P distribution won’t take as long. Although, I’m personally content with the monthly security updates that BlackBerry Android smartphones receive, as they are more important than full OS updates, IMO.

2. aegislash

Posts: 1541; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Sorry, but the Pixel is the absolute best Android device. :)))))) Jokes aside, I agree completely! Monthly security updates matter much more to me than full OS updates.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! Exactly.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3201; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Here’s a swift kick in da nutz, my Windows phones received the June updates (whatever they were) faster than my Galaxy S8+.

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