SlideBoard feature comes to BlackBerry Keyboard beta app in Google Play Store

SlideBoard feature comes to BlackBerry Keyboard beta app in Google Play Store
If you own an Android-powered BlackBerry model without a physical keyboard, a new beta version of the BlackBerry Keyboard app is waiting for you in the Google Play Store. And with the app comes "SlideBoard." With this new feature, sliding your finger left or right on the virtual keyboard will reveal two panels. One shows four phrases that can be customized by the user for quick replies while messaging. The other panel has a dedicated numbers pad along with some widely used symbols.

As we said, this new feature is in beta, which means it might require additional work to make it ready for prime time. We should point out that only one of the panels can be seen at a time.


To reiterate, the SlideBoard beta is available only for those BlackBerry models running on Android without a physical keyboard. While that would rule out the BlackBerry KEYone, the app will apparently work with the new BlackBerry Motion.

SlideBoard allows users of certain BlackBerry models to reveal two panels on the virtual keyboard with useful features

SlideBoard allows users of certain BlackBerry models to reveal two panels on the virtual keyboard with useful features


via CrackBerry

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8 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2272; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Nice feature! Wish I could get it on my phone...

2. Paranoid_Android unregistered

You can get the keyboard, just side load the blackberry manager apk from the internet, and you'll find the option to install the keyboard there, plus other blackberry apps and launcher.

3. Subie

Posts: 2272; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That's a good tip. Unfortunately it won't help me as I'm currently using Windows 10 Mobile. Cheers.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Which W10M handset are you using? I’m still a fan of the OS myself.

6. Subie

Posts: 2272; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Lumia 650. It's surpassed all my expectations of it. The biggest knock would be a lack of horsepower under the hood. But for 80 - 90 percent of all I do on it I don't really even notice.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice! I still have a Lumia 640xl that I power up from time to time and play with. Still the smoothest OS out today, IMO. And I love the Live Titles. Battery life is amazing on it.

8. Subie

Posts: 2272; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The battery life is what surprised me most. With only a 2000mAh unit I've calculated that it could go about 2 weeks on standby. I can easily get a week with only moderate useage. Gaming and internet use - it gets me through about 3-4 days. I still prefer desktop for those purposes though.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21339; Member since: May 28, 2014

“As some folks in the forums noticed, it also works on physical keyboard devices when you hit the SYM key, slides in on the virtual part on the screen.” That’s^ from the source article. Apparently, it does work on physical keyboard devices like the KEYᵒⁿᵉ. This is a pretty nice feature. Loving the way BlackBerry keeps adding some good features to their Android devices.

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