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BlackBerry Priv apps turn up on Android’s Google Play Store

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The launch of the BlackBerry Priv is imminent, and BB is readying up its Android offerings ahead of time.

Heralding the arrival of the Android slider phone, BlackBerry has published a number of self-branded apps on the Google Play Store.

The most notable addition is the BlackBerry Launcher, which adds a number of new features to the Android home screen.

These include a ‘B’ button to launch the browser, BlackBerry Pop-Up Widgets, and new icon packs.

The full list of BlackBerry apps, as noted by BlackBerry Central, on the Google Play Store reads as follows:

  • BlackBerry Launcher
  • BlackBerry Keyboard
  • MicrosoftexFAT for BlackBerry
  • BlackBerry Services
  • BlackBerry Password Keeper
  • BlackBerry Camera
  • DTEK by BlackBerry

Related: BlackBerry Priv: Is it worth getting excited about?

Unfortunately, you can’t download the keyboard or launcher just yet – although they are listed as ‘free’.

This means that it’s still not clear whether the BB apps will be available for use on non-BB Android phones.

What do you make of BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone? Let us know in the comments.

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Mark Newman

October 28, 2015, 12:47 am

Destined for failure... why aren't these so called 'apps' part of the operating system that can be enabled or disabled by the user. Also: everyone has moved on to the slidy style of keyboard inputs so why is the retro external keyboard even a part of the phone? $700 for a phone that looks bland and feels awkward? Thanks, I'll pass.

xyvyx

October 28, 2015, 8:50 pm

"apps part of the operating system".. umm.. yeah, people have been requesting that the carriers & hardware companies de-couple OS "features" from the actual OS. That makes them easier to update, replace & remove.

By "slidy style" of input, I assume you mean using swipe on touch-screen keyboards. Yes, this is popular and it works better than the hunt & peck routine, but that doesn't mean it's the best or most efficient method. And yes, most companies are just making copies of the one-size-fits-all iPhone, so this IS different.

Bland? it has some of the best design elements of the Galaxy S6 Edge and Moto Droid, so I'm not sure what you're smokin'... maybe you'd be happier if it was anodized purple & bedazzled?

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