Blackberry KEYone owners receive pleasant news as the manufacturer teases the upcoming arrival of its Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade with a small software update.
Living Up To Its Promise
Reports confirmed that a new update with a size of 17 MB file and ABA676 label is now available in several regions, which would make way for the Android Oreo update. A closer look at its changelog notes that it has no other function but to get the device ready for the incoming firmware. On the other hand, the company did not share a specific schedule as to when users can expect its arrival.
Meanwhile, people point out that a list posted by Rogers, a Canadian wireless provider, possibly reveals the exact date of the rollout. The details included labels of the products, its current OS, as well as the estimated timeline for each of the respective changes.
Looking at the list, most of the devices included are receiving just security updates, while a select few are finally getting Oreo. Last year, the manufacturer announced that Android 8.0 is on its way to the KEYone but did specify a release timeline.
A Little Extra Included
According to Rogers, the Blackberry KEYone is not only receiving Android 8.0 Oreo, but it is likewise getting Wi-Fi calling. Moreover, subscribers can look forward to these changes on June 28. The date on the list might be intended only for the handsets provided by the carrier, but it could also mean that unlocked variants of the model could get the software before or after the release date.
Earlier this month, the TCL-owned firm unveiled the KEY2, the handset's successor. With the latest operating system on board, sources immediately speculated that the outgoing model will get the new OS soon.
It's good to know that patient device owners will finally get the latest that Android has to offer, along with features such a Picture-in-Picture or PIP, adaptive icons, notification channels, and more.
The preparatory update file has reportedly begun seeding to KEYone owners on Rogers, Telus, and AT&T. There are reports that some users encounter an error message during the installation. However, it was confirmed that the update is correctly applied despite the warning.
The Next Generation
Now that Blackberry delivered its promise to KEYone owners, the company can now shift their focus to its new flagship device. Side-by-side, the KEY2 looks a lot like its older sibling with some minor design changes to its body.
Notable changes such as bigger keys, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC with a 6 GB RAM, dual-cameras, and Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. Preorders will start this Friday and hit retailers on July 13 at a retail price of $649.99