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BlackBerry Priv: Here’s how the curved edge works

by Jacob Kleinman | October 26, 2015October 26, 2015 8:00 pm PDT

The BlackBerry Priv features a curved display similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge, but the company still hasn’t said what that extra screen space is for. Now we know, thanks to an online simulator from Canadian carrier Telus.

The interactive teaser apparently went up a little early. It’s already been pulled from Telus’ website, though a handful of screenshots shared to the CrackBerry forums mean the information is still out there. Overall it looks like BlackBerry will make pretty good use of its dual-edge display, maybe even better than Samsung has on its devices.

As expected, the edge display serves a few different purposes. When you’re charging the device you can see your progress on the side of the phone. More interesting is BlackBerry’s new Productivity Edge feature. Swipe in from the side to show a column of apps and tap them to quickly see a preview of what’s inside. It’s a clever way to check your schedule or email without launching the full application.

The same Telus simulator also revealed a few other BlackBerry Priv features. The phone offers a modified Recent apps screen where the size of each app represents how often you use it. The design also includes “X” icons for closing individual apps instead of the usual swipe gesture. Finally, you can quickly create widgets by swiping up on certain apps from the homescreen.

BlackBerry Priv pre-orders went live last week, though the device won’t actually ship until next month.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...