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The BlackBerry KEYone gets an Android Oreo beta program for some reason

Despite the monthly security updates, the BlackBerry KEYone still does not have its promised Android Oreo update.

Published onJuly 13, 2018

BlackBerry KEYone
  • BlackBerry announced an Android Oreo beta program for the KEYone.
  • The beta program is invite-only, though folks can create an account and hope to gain entry.
  • The KEYone launched in April 2017 and has yet to receive its promised Oreo update.

Even though Android P’s launch is right around the corner, the BlackBerry KEYone has yet to receive its promised Android Oreo update. That finally changes today, though it took a beta program for the update to finally arrive.

Reported by CrackBerry, the KEYone’s Android Oreo beta program is invite-only. You are more than welcome to create an account and try your luck, though BlackBerry did not say when the Oreo beta will be available to testers.

Either way, this is a very strange turn of events. BlackBerry launched the KEYone in April 2017, yet it just got a beta program for an almost one-year-old mobile OS. Keep in mind that, at the latest, Android P launches sometime next month.

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Blackberry Key2

Even stranger, there was no mention of a beta program for the newer Key2, which already runs Oreo. That might indicate that BlackBerry might just want feedback on the KEYone’s Oreo update instead of treating the beta program like an actual beta program.

KEYone owners will take anything they can get at this point, however. Because Canadian carrier Rogers delayed the KEYone’s Oreo update, every KEYone out there still runs Nougat.

BlackBerry has done a better job with monthly security updates, though the lack of Oreo is downright depressing at this point. We are almost at the one-year mark since Google officially released Oreo, so there is no excuse.

If you did not receive an invite for the beta program and want to try your luck anyway, you can do so at the link below.

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