Last year’s BlackBerry KEYone is now receiving a new software update for Android Oreo on the beta program, which will come as good news for buyers that invested in the phone when it was launched over a year ago. According to Crackberry, users on the KEYone Oreo Beta will be receiving build ABD796, which will come as a 60MB patch update. For users on Android Nougat who have registered for the beta program, they will first have to update to Oreo using build ABD301.
The update is small and only contains a handful of tweaks for VoWiFi, the fingerprint sensor and support for certain carrier networks. The major chunk of the update is of course the bump up to Android 8.1 Oreo itself. BlackBerry runs a Center Code page (bbbeta.centercode.com) where users can sign up for the beta and download the packages. Beta software is, of course, less stable than a general build, and users should exercise caution when making these software changes.
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Furthermore, it seems that the ABD796 build has already been certified for a full release, so it is likely that this will eventually receive a stable roll-out as well. This will come as good news for BlackBerry KEYone users who aren’t on the beta program, as their phones will be receiving the current latest software, which will give the phone a fresh lease of life.
BlackBerry brand licensee Optiemus Infracom recently launched its latest devices in India, the BlackBerry Key2, BlackBerry Evolve X and BlackBerry Evolve. The Key2 is the most expensive of the devices, priced at Rs 42,990, while the Evolve X and Evolve are priced at Rs 34,990 and Rs 24,990 respectively. All three smartphones have been launched with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.