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Your BlackBerry KEYone will get Android 8.0 Oreo

by Killian Bell | August 22, 2017August 22, 2017 4:10 am PDT

BlackBerry has confirmed that the KEYone will be receiving an Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade. A timeframe for the release isn’t available just yet, but users can be sure it’s on its way, complete with features like picture-in-picture, notification dots, Instant Apps, and more.

Google made Oreo official on Monday after previewing the update at Google I/O back in June. As usual, the update will be available to the company’s own Pixel and Nexus devices first, before (slowly) making its way to third-party smartphones and tablets. BlackBerry has confirmed that its latest flagship, manufactured by TCL Communication, is in line to get it.

Oreo brings a whole host of new features and improvements to Android, including background limits that help prevent apps from hogging system resources, autofill to save you time, picture-in-picture for things like video calling while you use apps in the background, and notification dots that ensure you don’t miss outstanding alerts.

Oreo also brings Instant Apps, a feature that lets you use apps in your browser without having to download them — and Google Play Protect to bolster the security of your device.

BlackBerry hasn’t confirmed exactly when Oreo will come to the KEYone, but given that its own Android software isn’t far from stock Android, it shouldn’t take too long. Sadly, the Canadian firm has not confirmed whether Oreo will grace the Priv or its DTEK lineup of devices.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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