The Android experience on BlackBerry just got a whole lot better. Starting yesterday (Dec. 14), application updates are becoming available for PRIV, including the DTEK privacy app along with BlackBerry Keyboard, Hub, Contacts and Camera. We’ve been listening to your feedback and are working to add new features and even fix your issues.
(Originally posted on the Inside BlackBerry Blog)
Building upon the OS update we first announced two weeks ago, the improvements to these key PRIV apps include:
Camera: Now supports 16:9 photos
- Full screen 16:9 image capture
- Overall speed and performance improvements
- New pre-capture indicators for HDR and Low Light photos
Keyboard: Increased language support including simultaneous language support
- Prediction and correction for up to 3 similar languages simultaneously
- 20 new input languages including: Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Belarusian Translit, English (Ireland), Estonian, Georgian, Icelandic, Irish, Khmer, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Ukrainian, Ukrainian Translit, Uzbek and Welsh.
- Options to have emojis added to predictive typing
- Improvements in Fine Cursor Control, including the use of the Touch Keyboard
- Option to use Shift key to toggle number row to show symbols in password fields
DTEK by BlackBerry: More notification options to alert you when apps use your info
- Turn on all notifications for all applications at once
- The ability to turn on notifications by information type, including location, microphone, camera, and other personal information
Hub & Contacts: Now includes WhatsApp
- WhatsApp notification integration – allows the user to view notifications of new chat content from WhatsApp directly in the Hub, and better manage their communications through features like Snooze and unread filters.
- Keyboard shortcuts for ‘next’ and ‘previous’ message transition
- The ability to change the order in which conversations are sorted
- Location lookup for contact information lets you type in a point of interest and use it to populate a contact card
- Enhanced content sync for email and text messages, and attaching content from integrated cloud providers
We’ll keep you posted as we continue to include more of your favorite messaging and social media notifications directly into BlackBerry Hub over the next few months.
Your device should notify you that these updates are available and even download them automatically over wifi. If for some reason it does not (for example, if you’ve turned off automatic updates), then you can update your apps as follows:
- After connecting to a Wi-Fi network, open the Google Play Store.
- Tap the icon on the left side of the search bar, and select “My apps & games” from the menu that appears.
- Choose which apps to update, or simply tap “Update All.”
Once you tap ‘download,’ the update will begin downloading even if you don’t see a progress bar or other indicator.