Android Pay now supports Wells Fargo cards on Android Wear 2.0

When Android Wear 2.0 launched earlier this month, the smartwatch OS update included support for Android Pay for the first time. However, two major banks in the US that support Android Pay on smartphones, CITI Bank and Wells Fargo, did not initially include support for Android Wear 2.0 devices as well.

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Now it looks like one of those banks has had a change of heart. Google’s support page for Android Pay now indicates that Wells Fargo has added credit cards for Android Wear 2.0 users. This has also been confirmed by online reports posted on Reddit of Wells Fargo cards working on those devices.

The support page shows that Wells Fargo consumer and business debit Visa cards, consumer prepaid and credit Visa cards, business credit Visa cards, and American Express cards all work with Android Pay. However, any MasterCard cards, co-branded cards, or Visa Commercial Credit still don’t work with Google’s payment system.

That leaves CITI Bank as the only major US Bank that currently does not let its cards work on Android Wear 2.0. It’s possible this is due to some kind of security concern by CITI Bank, but it does seem odd it is the lone holdout among the other major banks that support Android Pay on both smartphones and smartwatches. Hopefully this bank will change it mind and add Android Wear 2.0 support for its card on Android Pay in the near future.

Hands-On With The BlackBerry KEYone

The BlackBerry KEYone was announced by BlackBerry today, which is essentially the BlackBerry Mercury that was teased by BlackBerry during CES 2017, but it comes with a different name. BlackBerry did not share any specific info about this phone back in January, but they shared everything today during their press conference at MWC 2017. Check out the official announcement and a dedicated specifications article if you’re interested, as we’re here to check out the design of this handset up close and personal, read on.

The BlackBerry KEYone comes with a metal frame, its power / lock, volume up and volume down key are placed on the right, while the phone’s SIM card tray can be found on the left. A Type-C USB port is located on the bottom of this smartphone, and is flanked by the phone’s speakers. On the top of the device lies a 3.5mm headphone jack, and, of course, a noise cancelling microphone. The device looks different, that’s for sure, and it comes with both a physical QWERTY keyboard, and a 4.5-inch display. In between the keyboard and the display, you’ll notice three capacitive keys, back, home and overview (multitasking) buttons. On the back side of the device, BlackBerry opted to include a grippy material which seems to be rubber, or maybe silicone, either way, it’s quite grippy, that’s for sure. Company’s logo is also placed on the back of the BlackBerry KEYone, and its main camera protrudes a bit.

The BlackBerry KEYone sports a 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 display, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable native storage. The device is fueled by the Snapdragon 625 64-bit octa-core SoC, and packs in a rather beefy 3,505mAh battery, especially if you consider that the battery is powering a 4.5-inch display here. A 12-megapixel shooter is located on the back of the phone, and an 8-megapixel snapper can be found on its front side. Android 7.1 Nougat comes pre-installed on the BlackBerry KEYone, and you’ll get a number of BlackBerry apps here as well, including BlackBerry Keyboard,, BlackBerry Password Keeper, DTEK by BlackBerry, and so on. The device will go on sale in April, and will cost €599 / $549, or less, said the company. You can check out the device yourself by taking a look at the gallery down below where you’ll find a number of our hands-on images from MWC 2017.

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BlackBerry KEYone Battery: 3,505mAh & Quick Charge 3.0

The TCL-made BlackBerry KEYone was just announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC), and it turns out that the latest BlackBerry smartphone boasts a certain combination of features that’s completely unique in today’s market – a relatively small screen, a physical keyboard, and a massive 3,505mAh battery. BlackBerry’s representatives confirmed that the KEYone sports the largest battery ever to be featured in a BlackBerry-branded device, so coupled with its 4.5-inch display panel and some other features described below, this smartphone could possibly offer some amazing battery life.

Apart from boasting a large-capacity battery, the BlackBerry KEYone also ships with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology thanks to which the phone can be charged to 50 percent in around 36 minutes, the company claims. In other words, the KEYone will not only feature a massive battery, but also one that can be recharged relatively quickly. Finally, BlackBerry also promises that its Boost technology will allow users to “turbo charge” their KEYone units and make the most of the short time that’s available to them.

Qualcomm Europe’s President Enrico Salvatori revealed that the company closely collaborated with TCL to develop a smartphone that’s capable of impressive performance while still providing users with an incredible battery life, which is what the KEYone is said to be. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip (SoC) powering the BlackBerry KEYone is said to be 35-percent more power efficient than the Snapdragon 617 that preceded it as every one of its components was built with the goal of delivering optimal performance while being energy efficient. The Adreno 506 GPU and Qualcomm Hexagon digital signal processor (DSP) have both already been proven as capable of performing tasks in a power-efficient manner, so BlackBerry’s upcoming Android smartphone is expected to be relatively conservative when it comes to using the 3,505mAh capacity of its battery. All of that will hopefully translate to an impressive battery life, but BlackBerry and TCL have yet to reveal what kind of longevity users can expect. First independent tests of the BlackBerry KEYone’s battery life are expected to be performed by early April once the device hits the market. Until then, it’s reasonable to presume this device won’t have any issues lasting you through the day.

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BlackBerry KEYone Sports Sony’s IMX378 12-Megapixel Sensor

The BlackBerry KEYone was finally officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the latest TCL-made handset seems like an interesting deal. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 625 and 3GB of RAM, in addition to boasting a 4.5-inch display, a physical keyboard with an integrated fingerprint sensor, and a massive 3,505mAh battery. However, another prominent feature of the KEYone is the camera that ships with the upcoming BlackBerry-branded device.

As it turns out, the BlackBerry KEYone will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus, 4x digital zoom, dual-tone LED flash, HDR video and image stabilization, and an f/2.0 lens. If that sounds a bit familiar, that’s probably because the BlackBerry KEYone ships with Sony’s IMX378 sensor, the very same one featured in the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL. Sony’s sensor has a diagonal of 7.81mm and the pixel size of 1.55μm and makes use of the company’s SME-HDR technology. Furthermore, the Japanese company previously revealed that the sensor is a significant improvement over its predecessor when it comes to shooting slow-motion video. Finally, the rear camera of the latest BlackBerry smartphone will be capable of recording 4K video at 30 frames per second.

On the front, the BlackBerry KEYone sports an 8-megapixel camera with fixed focus and an 84-degree wide-angle lens. The camera will support FullHD videos at 30 frames per second and will also be able to utilize the so-called screen flash to do a better job of recording photos in places that don’t have great lighting. The front camera of the device will also support video and image stabilization, as well as panorama selfies. Finally, the spec sheet of the BlackBerry KEYone indicates that the handset’s default Camera app will feature support for live filters that have been getting more popular in recent months.

Overall, it seems that the BlackBerry KEYone won’t disappoint photography enthusiasts that aren’t only looking for a smartphone that’s reliable and capable of operating for long hours, but also one that boasts fantastic imaging capabilities. The overall quality of the photos and videos taken with the KEYone will also partially depend on the imaging software that the device is running, so the final verdict on the matter won’t be made before early April when the device is scheduled to be released.

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Specs: BlackBerry KEYone

BlackBerry has just announced the BlackBerry Mercury that they briefly teased during CES last month, though the company announced it under a different name, the BlackBerry KEYone. Those of you who are interested in checking out the main announcement of this smartphone, follow this link, as we’re here to take a closer look at the specs of the company’s newest smartphone. Contrary to what most people thought will happen, this is not exactly a high-end device, as it is fueled by a mid-range SoC, but nonetheless, it’s a really compelling offering, especially if you want a full physical QWERTY keyboard.

The BlackBerry KEYone features a 4.5-inch 1620 x 1080 IPS LCD display with 434ppi. This display is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5, and below the display you’ll find a set of capacitive buttons and a full physical QWERTY keyboard. This smartphone is fueled by the Snapdragon 625 64-bit octa-core SoC clocked at 2.0GHz, along with the Adreno 506 GPU which is running at 650MHz. The BlackBerry KEYone packs in 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage (expandable up to 2TB). A 3,505mAh battery is placed on the inside of this smartphone, and it comes with fast charging, as Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 tech is a part of this package as well.

A 12-megapixel camera (1.55um pixel size, Sony’s IMX378 sensor, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture) is placed on the back of the device, and next to it you’ll notice the dual-LED, dual-tone flash. An 8-megapixel shooter (1.125um pixel size, 84-degree wide-angle lens) is available on the front side of the BlackBerry KEYone, and even though there’s no LED flash on the front side of this phone, the BlackBerry KEYone can use its LCD display in order to brighten up your face, or whatever else you’re trying to take a picture of, as long as it’s close by, of course. The BlackBerry KEYone comes with a wide range of 4G LTE bands, and support for them will vary from market to market, depending on where you purchase the device. It does support 4G LTE bands for pretty much every region out there.

The BlackBerry KEYone comes with dual microphones with active noise cancellation, and a 3.5mm headphone jack is also included here. This smartphone also comes with a fingerprint scanner, though it is placed inside of the space bar on the phone’s QWERTY keyboard, which is a first, we’ve never seen anything like that. Android 7.1 Nougat comes pre-installed on the BlackBerry KEYone, with some additions by BlackBerry, as the phone comes with a number of BlackBerry apps, including the BlackBerry Launcher. The phone measures 149 x 7.24 x 0.94mm, in case you were wondering. The phone will become available in April all over the world, said BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry KEYone Becomes Official, with 4.5-inch Display

At Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry Mobile has finally took the wraps off of their latest smartphone. It’s one that was shown off at CES last month in Las Vegas, but was not made official until now. This is the device that was rumored to be the BlackBerry Mercury, but will be heading to retail as the BlackBerry KEYone. It sports the full-QWERTY keyboard that you’ve come to expect from BlackBerry, and has a 4.5-inch display. Now this is a 3:2 aspect ratio display, due to there being that QWERTY keyboard at the bottom, so the resolution is a bit different. It’s a 1620 x 1080 resolution display, which gives you about 434 pixels per inch here. Still quite high, and that’s due to the relatively small display compared to other smartphones on the market today.

TCL, the manufacturer behind all BlackBerry devices now, states that the KEYone “reimagines communication, with a smart keyboard that goes beyond typing.” This physical keyboard has touch gestures, and these are here to mimic the old-school BlackBerry trackpad. They have also embedded the fingerprint sensor into the spacebar on the BlackBerry KEYone, making it easy to keep your device secure, but also easy to unlock the device. Of course, the KEYone does still have all of the BlackBerry security that you’ve come to expect. The DTEK security application is pre-installed on the KEYone, allowing you to keep your device secure, and it even shows you how to make it more secure. It does this by constantly monitoring your device and protecting you from things like hackers, malware and more.

Some of the other specs for the BlackBerry KEYone include a Snapdragon 625 processor from Qualcomm along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There is a micro SD card slot available for expanding that storage as well. There is a 12-megapixel rear camera – which is the Sony IMX378 sensor found in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL – and the front-facing camera is a 8-megapixel sensor. The BlackBerry KEYone is powered by a 3505mAh battery which also supports Quick Charge 3.0, allowing you to get a 50% charge in just 36 minutes, which is pretty fast, and a great way to top off your phone before heading out.

BlackBerry says that the KEYone will be available in key markets starting in April. It’ll be priced at $549 in the US, £499 in the UK and €599 in the rest of Europe. No carrier announcements have been made just yet, so it’s likely that BlackBerry will continue to provide their phones unlocked, like they have with the DTEK50 and DTEK60 – also made by TCL.

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Hands on with the BlackBerry KEYone

We are here at MWC 2017, and BlackBerry just took the wraps off of their latest Android smartphone offering, called the KEYone. Many of you may be familiar with this device if you followed our coverage from this year’s CES, with the KEYone being the “Mercury” phone that we got a sneak peak at. Apart from the name, we are now also privy to the specifications and features this device has to offer.

Here is your first look as we go hands on with the BlackBerry KEYone!

Like the BlackBerry DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 before it, the KEYone has been designed and manufactured by the Chinese company TCL communications. However, the KEYone looks like a quintessential BlackBerry smartphone, even more so than its two predecessors, with the return of a signature BlackBerry feature, a physical keyboard.

Taking a look at the specifications first, under the hood, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, backed by the Adreno 506 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. This is a decidedly mid-range processing package, so the phone isn’t going to be particularly powerful.

It is very battery-efficient however, and when paired with a large 3,505 mAh battery, what we have is a recipe for some really impressive battery life. BlackBerry says that it is the biggest battery to ever be in one of their smartphones. By taking advantage of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, you will also be able to get up to 50% of power back after charging it for just 36 minutes.

The KEYone comes with a 12 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, and 1.55 um pixel size, which should allow for decent performance in low light conditions. Up front is an 8 MP shooter. Below the front-facing camera is a 4.5-inch Full HD display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is a touchscreen, as expected.

You can also do your navigation using the physical keyboard that we all know and love from BlackBerry, and is truly one of the highlights of the KEYone. The keyboards features capacitive capabilities which allows you to use it as a trackpad to swipe left and right or up and down to navigate around the interface.

BlackBerry says that you can assign up to 52 shortcuts on this keyboard, which is far more than anyone might need. For example, you can long press the “i” button to launch Instagram, or the “f” key to open Facebook. There are a variety of shortcuts you can set up to help make your life easier. The device also comes with a fingerprint sensor with a rather unique implementation, with the scanner embedded into the physical space bar of the keyboard.

With this being a BlackBerry smartphone, you will get to take advantage of top notch security features with DTEK software. Yo ucan also find other top Blackberry apps like the Hub, which provides a simple way to consolidate all your emails, text messages, and social media accounts. At launch, the device will ship Android 7.1 Nougat on-board.

Looking at the design of the phone, it has not been changed from what we saw at the sneak peak back during CES. You get a sturdy aluminium frame and a soft touch leather-like backing that feels really comfortable in the hand and gives the phone a lot of grip.

The device is a little bit on the thicker side, but that provides plenty of space for a headphone jack that is placed up top. The USB Type-C port is at the bottom, the power button and volume rocker are on the left and right sides respectively. Right below the volume rocker is an user programmable button called the “convenience key,” that can be assigned to any shortcut or application of your choice.

So, there you have it for this quick look at the BlackBerry KEYone! The phone will be available unlocked in the US for the price of $549, as well as from various network carriers and other select channels, and you will be able to pick one up starting in April.

Stay tuned with Android Authority to know more about the BlackBerry KEYone, as well as for more fantastic coverage from MWC 2017!

Blackberry KEYone announced: here’s what you need to know

We first had the opportunity to check out Blackberry’s latest handset at CES, where it was referred to as “Mercury”. While we played with the phone a bit in January, we really didn’t get many details about what to expect in terms of under-the-hood capabilities or even launch plans. Thankfully, ahead of MWC 2017 the veil has been fully lifted on the Blackberry KEYone.

For those that were hoping for a super-high end experience, no such luck here. The KEYone’s specs are pretty mid-range. Of course the real value of the KEYone was never intended to be horsepower, instead it’s all about security and productivity via the integrated keyboard and Blackberry’s secure additions to Android.

The KEYone isn’t for everyone, but is it for you? Let’s jump right in and take a look at everything you need to know about the newly announced Blackberry KEYone.

Blackberry KEYone design and build

The Blackberry KEYone is certainly a unique looking device in today’s modern ‘all-touch’ world, with a design that would have seemed more commonplace five to ten years ago, before touchscreen advancements pretty much ate away consumer interest in physical keyboards. The phone features an anodized aluminum frame with a soft touch textured back that TCL and Blackberry claims allows for a very durable design. Plastic, soft-touch backs have largely moved out of style over the last few years, but then again, so have keyboards. We have to applaud Blackberry for going against the grain and doing its own thing, and we are sure long-type Blackberry fans will be happy with the overall result.

The main design element for the KEYone is the obviously the keyboard, which opens the door to some pretty cool extra features. First, the smart keyboard is capable of touch gestures that essentially emulate the Blackberry trackpad, making it easier to browse, read emails, and more. Second, you can program the keyboard with up to 52 customizable shortcuts, such as pressing M for maps, I for inbox, F for Facebook — you get the idea. There’s even a fingerprint scanner built into the spacebar.

Blackberry KEYone specs

As we already hinted, the hardware here isn’t exactly going to blow anyone away.

First, we have a 4.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1620 x 1080. Honestly for the size, this resolution is perfectly suited and anything higher would arguably be overkill anyhow. Considering the unique display size, you can count out VR support for Daydream or really any standard, though we doubt this will be a dealbreaker for most.

Display4.5-inch display (1620 x 1080), 3:2 aspect ratio
Processor2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
Adreno 506 GPU
RAM3 GB
Storage32 GB
expandable via microSD up to 2 TB
Camera12 MP rear camera, 1.55 um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash
8 MP front-facing camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
FM Radio
USB Type-C
Battery3,505 mAh
SoftwareAndroid 7.0 Nougat
Dimensions149.1 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm

Under the hood, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with 3GB RAM, backed by 32GB internal storage with microSD for further expansion. This chipset isn’t exactly amazing, found mostly on mid-range devices in the sub-$300 realm. That said, it should be more than capable of handling most games and apps without any major issues, just don’t expect the kind of blazing performance you’d get from a more flagship-class chipset like the Snapdragon 821.

The KEYone has a 12MP Large Pixel (1.55 um) camera with an IMX378 sensor. There’s also auto-focus, phase detect auto focus, 4x digital zoom, and an f2.0 lens. On the rear you get an 8MP Large Pixel (1.125um) camera with a fixed focus 84-degree wide angle lens. Whether this is on par with other mid-range and flagship Android phones remains unseen, but we’d guess it should at least get the job done for all but the most picky photo hounds.

Turning to the battery, we get a fairly sizable 3505 mAh battery. Considering the relatively modest specs in play, we imagine this should easily handle a full day’s battery life — though we can’t say for sure until we get some more hands-on time with it. Regardless, the good news is that the phone also offers quick charging technology onboard. Blackberry boasts that its quick charging will allow the phone to go from 0 to 50 percent in roughly 36 minutes.

Blackberry KEYone software

The TCL-made KEYone runs a pretty stock looking version of Android 7.1 Nougat, though it has plenty of extras that are designed to increase security and productivity. This includes Blackberry’s suite of apps such as BlackBerry Keyboard, BlackBerry Hub, Notes by Blackberry, and more.

There’s also the DTEK security suite, which is designed to constantly monitor and protect the OS, letting you know when your privacy could be at risk and providing you options on how to improve your privacy.  A quick glimpse even lets you see the overall security rating for your device. This makes the Blackberry KEYone a great option for business users and others that value privacy highly.

Overall, Blackberry’s take on Android keeps its additions to a minimal, and that means that the UI is snappy, responsive, and not overloaded with unnecessary features.

Blackberry KEYone early price and availability details

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available globally starting in April. As for pricing? In their official press release Blackberry notes it will “be priced at or under €599EUR/£499GBP/$549USD”.

That’s pretty expensive when you consider low-cost flagships from OnePlus, Huawei, and others cost around the same or less and yet offer more power under the hood. Then again, the unique keyboard and Blackberry’s extra security features could be worth it for those who aren’t so concerned about raw horsepower.

More Blackberry KEYone coverage

We’ll update this section with hands-on and much more relating to the Blackberry Key One as it hits!