BlackBerry KEYone How To Videos: Switching between Android Launchers
The BlackBerry KEYone, has had an excellent first few months with positive reviews and strong sales.
One of the powers of Android, which traditional BlackBerry users may be unaware of, is the ability to change your Launcher. The Launcher is the environment where you browse apps and system settings. It’s so called because within it you launch your apps.
The Launcher environment is often used by Android OEMs to differentiate their phones. Samsung, HTC or Sony phones look like they have different interfaces because they have different Launchers. They spend lots of time and money developing these. Android has its own default launcher. ‘Stock’ Android phones tend to use the Google Home Launcher.
On the KEYone, you’ll find the BlackBerry Launcher is the default. This gives you immediate access via widgets to BlackBerry specific features such as the Hub. It’s easy to change though, and there are several free and paid-for Launchers available to download from Google Play.
Nova, Arrow, Evie, Go, Buzz; plenty of options can be tried out. Many offer additional customisation options for your home screens and widgets that aren’t possible with basic OEM launchers.
BlackBerry KEYone – Replace the Android Launcher
This video, along with others, is available on the official BlackBerry Mobile YouTube channel. Included are a number of shorts that focus on key features of the BlackBerry KEYone.
Today we take a look at how to switch between Launchers on the KEYone. This is useful if you’ve downloaded lots of choices and don’t want to keep clearing app defaults:
BlackBerry KEYone Main Features
- Android 7.0 Nougat OS, with guaranteed monthly security patches
- 4.5” scratch-resistant touch screen display
- 4-row QWERTY keyboard with integrated swipe navigation and touch gestures
- Fingerprint sensor embedded in space button
- Programmable convenience key (launch dedicated apps)
- 2 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 650 with excellent power efficiency
- 32GB internal storage / 3GB RAM
- MicroSD memory card slot
- 12MP main camera with Sony sensor, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and large 1.55 micron pixels
- 8MP front camera with flash
- BlackBerry security software
- USB Type-C connector
- GPS / Dual band Wi-Fi / 4G LTE / Bluetooth 4.2