Published on November 9, 2015 in Technology at 12:30 am
BlackBerry’s First Real Android phone was launched recently and it seems to be a game changer for Blackberry
The company successfully combined the best features of BlackBerry with the best of Android and best flagship-spec which includes a full QWERTY keyboard, as well as a range of clever additions.
That is awesome.
Android phones have so many interesting features that ensures you don’t get bored while using them but there are some super-cool exceptional things you will definitely love about the new BlackBerry Priv.
It’s close to stock Android: Unlike other manufacturers like HTC, Huawei, LG, Samsung, Sony xiaomi, Meizu etc – BlackBerry didn’t want to change the look and feel of Android too much. It’s a familiar place, looking and behaving like Android, even though there are a range of extras that have been sensitively added in.
Just like Motorola, the company only changed what needs to be changed and sticking to the bits of Android that already work perfectly well.
Pop-up widgets: This is a feature that no one has thought of including before. Instead of dropping widgets onto your home screens, you can have them pop-up from a shortcut icon. Just enable the feature and then a swipe down on the icon will pop the widget up. It keeps things clean and simple on your home screen, and it’s a great addition to Android.
The most interesting part is that it doesn’t need any special widgets – it just uses those that already exist when you install an app. It’s so simple, it’s brilliant – and the idea will probably be stolen before you can say Android 7.0 Nougat.
Keyboard shortcuts: If you’re keen on keeping your home screen clean, you can programme each of the physical keyboard keys to be a shortcut. You simply slide open your handset, long press the key and you’ll be able to a$$ign it to an app. That’s a whole world of shortcuts!
A for Amazon, B for BBC iPlayer, C for Citymapper, D for Docs, E for Expedia, F for Facebook, G for Groupon, H for Hailo, I for Instagram, J for Just Eat, K for Kindle, L for Layout, M for Maps, etc
Battery charging: We’ve all seen the tiny flash icon that appears in the battery when you’re connected to the charger. Or maybe you’ve seen the bubbling battery as it fills with charge. Well Priv uses the edge of it’s curved display to give you charge status at a glance.
When you connect the charger, the draws out around the edge of the display so you can instantly see how charged it is. It changes from red to yellow to green as it goes. It looks really slick. Good job BlackBerry.
BlackBerry Hub: BlackBerry Hub is something that you will easily get addicted to once you start using it. The Hub pulls your Gmail, Calendars, Twitter mentions, your messages together in one place. You can swipe down to peek into your calender for example.
It’s a productive place and BB has stuck to material design, so it fits with the rest of the Android apps you love. Once signed in, you can turn off syncing on your Google accounts for calendar and Gmail, because Hub will do it for you instead.