- 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 2018 and has yet to receive its promised Oreo update.
Even though^( launch is right around the corner, the ^( has yet to receive its promised ^( . That finally changes today, though it took a beta program for the update to finally arrive.
Reported by^( , the KEYone’s Android Oreo beta program is invite-only. You are more than welcome to ^( and try your luck, though ^( 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 2018, 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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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^( 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^( 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.