BlackBerry, at one point in time, was a heavy hitter in the smartphone industry, before people had even heard of the iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy. It was the phone to have for email, calendar events, browsing the web, and conference call among business professionals. From a social standpoint, RIM had a hit with BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) with the casual phone user.
BlackBerry waited too long to incorporate a quality touch screen device which ultimately led to their demise, and as of 2016, RIM no longer makes its own devices. However, BlackBerry is still in the smartphone market – now running Android. A recent update has been released for one of its popular applications, the BlackBerry Launcher.
The BlackBerry Launcher has been updated to allow users to hide apps on the home screen or in the app drawer. Blackberry smartphone users running Android can download the app for free. Non-Blackberry device owners will have the option to try the app free for 30 days, after which they will need to subscribe to BlackBerry Hub+ to continue using. If users do not subscribe, they can continue to use the launcher with ads.
Some of the BlackBerry Launcher features are:
Turn multi-step actions like sending an email or making a phone call into a one-click task.
Organize apps, widgets and shortcuts on customized home screen panels for instant access.
Customize the look and feel of your device using customized icon packs, ringtones and wallpapers.
Add shortcuts to the home screen to make adding contacts, notes, tasks and calendar events quick and easy.
BlackBerry Pop-Up Widgets allow users to view any application widget by simply swiping up or down across the icon on the home screen, allowing for quicker access to the information you need, when you need it.
Create custom shortcuts for Speed Dial, Google Maps directions and more.
Full support of Android for Work deployment.
Let us know what launcher you're using and if you plan on trying out the BlackBerry Launcher in the comment section below.
Via Google Play
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