BlackBerry launched the KEYone smartphone in April last year, running on Android Nougat OS, and it had promised an update to Android Oreo. Now, while Google is on the heels of releasing the Android P update over the next couple of months, BlackBerry is yet to release the Oreo update for the KEYone. But that changes now as BlackBerry has rolled out a beta program that will let you try out the update before the final release.
According to a report on CrackBerry, the Oreo beta program is invite only. You can head over to bbbeta.centercode.com/welcome/ and try your luck, though BlackBerry didn t mention anything about the program being available for beta testers.
Announcing the beta program, BlackBerry said, This month, July, we are moving our beta testing effort to a new community hosted by beta program experts Centercode. We would love for you to continue beta testing early versions of apps and software with us in this new community. We’re also happy to be starting an invitation-only beta program for Android Oreo on the BlackBerry KEYone. If you’re a KEYone user, make sure to visit the new community and complete your profile to secure an invite.
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BlackBerry KEYone price, specifications and features
The KEYone was launched in India for Rs 39,999, but after the price cut, it is now available for around Rs 33,975. In terms of specifications, it features a 4.5-inch (1620 1080 pixels) 3:2 display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. There are two variants to choose from, one with 32GB storage and 3GB RAM, and other with 64GB storage and 4GB of RAM.
The smartphone also features a 12-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, 3,500mAh battery, and a QWERTY keyboard. On the software front, the smartphone runs Android Nougat out-of-the-box.