Meet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone

Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. It’s no wonder that nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile*.

Today, we’re releasing Google Duo — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.

Google Duo works across Android and iOS — all you need is a phone number

Simple interface

Duo is simple from start to finish. To get started, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list. No separate account is required, so you can sign up in just a few steps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.

Fast and reliable
We all know how it feels when a call fails to connect or when video gets choppy. We’ve built Duo to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected — when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call. You can start your call at home, and continue seamlessly even when you head out the door.

Human design
We designed Duo to feel warm and inviting, focused on just you and the person you’re calling. To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, we created a feature in Duo called Knock Knock which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping you connect with the person before you even pick up.

Knock Knock in Duo lets you see who’s calling before you pick up

Finally, we built Duo with an emphasis on privacy and security, and all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.

Give your friends a wave with Duo! We’re beginning to roll out Duo for Android and iOS today, and it will be live worldwide in the next few days.

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Best Apps for Keeping Up to Date on 2016 Rio Olympic Games

The 2016 Rio Olympics started on Friday, August 5 and are running until August 21. Over 11,000 top athletes from around the world are competing in 28 different sporting events.

If you do not want to miss out on any of the Olympic news, coverage, or results, here are the best apps you can use on your Secure Android-powered PRIV or DTEK50.

Keeping Up With the Olympics From Home

  1. Rio 2016

The official app for the Olympics is a great starting point to get information on the events, including the venues and schedule.


  1. CBC Rio 2016 & CBC Olympic Games VR

Canadians can watch coverage of the Games anytime and anywhere with CBC’s app for Rio 2016 and the CBC Olympic Games Virtual Reality app. These free apps provide live streams to the competitions and a first look at a virtual reality experience.

CBC’s app for Rio 2016 features up to 23 simultaneous live-streaming feeds of event coverage, standings, schedules, and results. Users get the option to watch CBC’s live television broadcast or choose the specific live event that they want to tune in to.

The VR app, offers Canadians access to a live, 360-degree, motion-sensitive video and immersive VR feeds of select events at the Games. You can watch both the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as events such as beach volleyball, gymnastics, and diving, all in a VR environment. Simply rotate your mobile device to get a 360-degree view of the fields. If you have a VR headset, you can access the live feed, which sends you straight to the stadium or field where the games are held.


  1. NBC Olympics

NBC holds the rights to the 2016 Olympics broadcast in the U.S. The app provides highlights from previous games, high-quality videos, athlete profiles, and news coverage. You can read insightful articles from experts and check out the game schedules too.


  1. ESPN

The ESPN app is a great app for any sports enthusiast. During the Olympics, you can use it to get up-to-the-minute scores, news coverage, and live video streaming from the ESPN networks. Users also have an option to listen in on events through the app’s podcast-streaming mode.

Keeping Up on the Scene

If you’re lucky enough to travel to Rio to see the games in person, make sure you have these apps handy!

  1. Brazil Travel Guide

The Brazil Travel Guide is a handy app to help you get to know the country better. Use it to look up information on the best restaurants, nightlife, or monuments. It also has a built-in currency converter and phrasebook to make your stay in Brazil smooth-sailing.


  1. Translation App

If you are not yet fluent in Portuguese, it is best to download one of the many translation apps available in Google Play. English is not spoken widely in Brazil, with only a small percentage of locals having basic proficiency. Make sure you download a translation app before the trip to help with any communication barriers.

  1. Uber

What’s traveling if you don’t have Uber? Uber’s an essential app for everyone wherever you are, and it will work in Rio during the Olympics. Use it to get a ride quickly and easily without waiting in taxi lines. This will be sure to help you beat the traffic before and after each event at the games.


So whether you are cheering from the crowd or cheering from your couch, you can stay up to date with the 2016 Rio Olympics using these apps, available from Google Play, on your BlackBerry PRIV or DTEK50. Now get out there and cheer on your country and its amazing athletes!

Source: Developer Blackberry

New Beta Downloads Now Available

Beta 6 of Xcode 8 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS Sierra beta 6 (16A294a)
  • iOS 10 beta 6 (14A5341a)
  • watchOS 3 beta 6 (14S5321a)
  • tvOS 10 beta 6 (14T5327a)
  • Xcode 8 beta 6 (8S201h)

View all downloads.

Source: Apple Developer

BlackBerry Becomes First Major Manufacturer to Patch QuadRooter Vulnerabilities

AndroidShieldEarlier this month, over 20,000 of the world’s top computer hackers and security experts flocked to Las Vegas for Black Hat USA and DEF CON 24, the largest and most important hacking conferences in the world. On the last day of DEF CON, security company Check Point unveiled QuadRooter, a set of four new high-severity security vulnerabilities that impact over 900 million mobile devices with Qualcomm processors.

Three of the four vulnerabilities have already been fixed on PRIV devices with the August Marshmallow patch and on all DTEK50 devices. In addition, the secure boot chain present in all BlackBerry devices naturally mitigates the remaining issue. We’re not aware of any exploits for this vulnerability in the wild, and we don’t think any of our customers are currently at risk from this issue. This is a great example of how our Android platform hardening proactively protects against issues that haven’t even been discovered yet, a topic we’ll discuss in more detail over the coming weeks.

Back when we launched BlackBerry Powered by Android, we made a public commitment to provide monthly security updates as well as “hotfix” patches for certain issues. As Chief Security Officer David Kleidermacher wrote at the time: “Some critical Android vulnerabilities – for example, one that can be easily and remotely exploited with a publicly disclosed method to execute ‘root’ privileged malware – simply can’t wait for a monthly update cycle.” As soon as we learned about QuadRooter, we immediately began to develop, test, and integrate a fix to deploy through our rapid patching process as quickly as possible.

I’m happy to announce that a patch for all of the QuadRooter vulnerabilities is now available for the PRIV and DTEK50 users. Customers who bought their devices from should see the update today and most of our carrier partners will be rolling it out to their users starting this week.

How to Install the Patch

To install the patch, simply navigate to Settings / About phone / System updates on your BlackBerry Powered by Android device. We’re very proud to support Google’s push for rapid security updates by becoming the first major OEM to patch all of the QuadRooter issues across our entire device portfolio.

With PRIV and DTEK50 by BlackBerry, you get full Android devices with access to the entire Android ecosystem, but you also get the peace-of-mind of knowing they’re built, managed, and updated by the company that pioneered mobile security. The most secure Android devices on the market give you the freedom to download apps, communicate with your friends, and get your work done without giving up your personal privacy or compromising your safety. Ultimately, that’s the BlackBerry security advantage.

Source: Blackberry

This August, Make Things Awesome at Work and Home with Some Great ShopBlackBerry Deals

20160810_Awesome August_Inside BlackBerry Blog 400x400px_UKAugust is here, and summer’s drawing to a close. People are setting aside their vacation gear, and heading back to the office. As for us, we’re making the occasions something to be excited about for both consumers and business users, with some great deals on ShopBlackBerry!

From now until Wednesday, August 31, we’re offering some sweet deals for our European fans through ShopBlackBerry! (U.S. and Canadian consumers and enterprises, check out this deal) If you’re in the market for a new BlackBerry Passport, you can pick up the Passport (Black & White) for €449 (£330) or the Passport Silver Edition for €479 (£360). And if you’ve got eyes for Android, we’re also offering the PRIV for €629 (£449)

Summer’s on the way out – but August is still awesome in its own way, especially with what we’re offering through ShopBlackBerry.

All offers run from Thursday, August 11 to Wednesday, August 31 at 10 AM EST, and are available from all ShopBlackBerry stores in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and The Netherlands while supplies last. Terms and conditions of the promotion can be found here.

Source: Blackberry

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BES12 v12.5: Activating Work Only (COBO) Android for Work on Android 6.x

If you’ve been following along with our blog here, you may recall a similar post titled: BES12 v12.3: Activating Work Only (COBO) on Android for Work.  That post described how to set up Android for Work in work only mode using Android 5.1.1.  This is also known as a COBO or corporate owned, business only.

The activation process has changed a bit in Android 6.x, which is what I’m going to cover here.  To make it easier to follow I’m going to cover the whole process start to finish – not just the differences – so some sections are repeated from my previous blog post.

For this setup, we are using BES12.5, and a fresh Nexus 5, running Android 6.0.1.

Before you try these steps, there are some prerequisites that must be in place. First, you’ll need to configure a Google domain on your BES. The user activating must also have a Google account on this domain that they’ll use for activation. A public Gmail account won’t work for this process.

You also need to ensure that “Enforce EMM policies on Android devices” is checked in your Google domain as shown in the screenshot below.


To verify if this is checked, perform the following steps:

  1. Open
  2. Sign in as BlackBerry admin account
  3. Go to Security -> Android for Work Settings
  4. Check if “Enforce EMM policies on Android devices” is enabled

Once you have that set up you’re ready to continue.

Step 1: Create a Workspace Only Activation Profile

Make sure your activation profile is setup for Work Only.  Open up the BES admin console, select Policies and Profiles, click on Activation profile and create a new one.  We called ours “Work Only”.

Under the Android tab, there are 2 choices here:
“Work space only (Android for Work)”
“Work space only (Android for Work – Premium)”

The difference is that “Premium” requires either a Gold license or Collaboration Suite (or higher) license and allows the use of BlackBerry Secure Connect Plus (BSCP).  The non-premium option is available with any license type.  If you choose the non-premium, you will not get a BSCP connection, which means you will need to use some other mechanism for “behind the firewall” access for email and applications (such as a VPN).

Here is what setting up the activation profile looks like in the BES admin console.


Step 2: Send Activation Emails to the User

This step is a bit different than a normal activation for both the BES admin and the user.  When setting an activation password for the user, the BES admin needs to change the activation email template from the default to “Works space only (Android for Work) activation email”, as shown in the screenshot below.

The user will get an additional email with a Google activation code when the BES activation password is set, even if they created the BES activation password.  One message will be the familiar BES activation email, the second will have a Google activation code that is randomly generated.  The Google activation code is only used if you are activating on a device running Android 5.x.  Since we are using 6.x, we can ignore this second email.  There are potentially 4 email messages that could be sent to the user.  Those 4 email messages contain:

  1. BES12 Enterprise Activation Password
  2. BES12 Enterprise Activation Instructions
  3. Google Token used for Android 5.x
  4. Google Domain Account password (sent only if the user didn’t have a Google Domain password already set).


Step 3: Activate your Android for Work Device

To activate as a work only device you’ll need one that has been factory reset or is fresh out of the box.  When a device is in this state the first thing you see is the device setup wizard, like the screenshot below.  If you don’t’ see that, then your device has likely already been activated.  In that case, perform a factory reset by going into the Settings, Backup and Reset, Factory rest.  WARNING reset means reset, everything will be erased!  If the Google domain account is different than the Google account currently configured on the device, you’ll need to sign out before doing a factory reset.  To do that go to Settings, Users, select You and then choose Delete from the menu.  If you don’t sign out, you’ll need to sign back in using the same account after the device has been wiped.  This is part of Android’s anti-theft feature.

Once that is complete and the device has restarted, you’ll be at the first screen of the setup wizard.


Continue through the setup wizard, setting up WiFi, sim card, etc… until you get to the sign in page as shown below.  Now, you might recall from the previous article that if you were running Android 5.x, you’d need to select “Set up work device” from the menu.  The “Set up work device” menu option is removed in Android 6.x.  When using 6.x, you simply enter the work email address you wish to set up.  When the device checks in with Google’s servers it’ll be informed it should perform a work only activation.  If you are using Android 5.x, refer to my previous article BES12 v12.3: Activating Work Only (COBO) on Android for Work.

If you go through this process and the device sets itself up as a personal device, have your administrator log into your Google domain and verify “Enforce EMM policies on Android devices” is checked.  The instructions for to do this are presented earlier in this article.


Next you’ll need to enter your password.  This is the password for your Google domain account.  If you didn’t have a Google domain account password already set, one would have been randomly generated and emailed to you.


Now the device will check in with Google’s servers.  This is the point it realizes it needs to perform a work only activation.


The device discovers that it needs to perform the Android for Work activation and prompts you to install the BES12 Client.  If it doesn’t prompt you to install the BES12 Client, the device is performing a personal activation.


The next few steps will involve downloading and installing the BES12 Client.  You’ll also need to accept the permissions it requires and agree to the license agreement.  Once you’ve done so the BES12 Client will prompt you to enter an email address.  Enter the same email address again here.


The BES12 Client will now prompt you to enter your activation password.  This is the password that was configured on BES12, and sent to you over email.


After you press the “Activate my device” button you’ll be prompted to accept a certificate and then the BES12 Client will kick off the activation process.


If your device is not configured to use encryption by default – all BlackBerry Android devices are – you’ll be prompted to encrypt your device.  Make sure your device remains plugged into its charger during this process.  It can take a while and there will be problems if the device runs out of power while encrypting.  To help avoid this, the encrypt process will not begin until your device has a near full charge.


When the encryption process is complete, the activation process will continue as shown in the screenshots below.

cobo_android6_13  cobo_android6_14  cobo_android6_15

The next thing you’ll need to configure is a device PIN or password.  Choose whichever one you prefer.


The BES12 Client will continue its activation process after you’ve set your device PIN or password.


Once activation is complete, you should see the screen below showing your device has activated and is compliant.  The Android for Work COBO (work only) activation is now complete and your device is ready to use.  Open up the application grid and you’ll probably see a much smaller set of applications compared to what is typically available on a device that has a personal profile.  The BES administrator has control over the applications that are available to you.  Any application in Google Play can be whitelisted for use in work only mode.  You can also deploy private, internally developed applications that are only available to your Google domain.  The BES admin has complete control over the applications you’re able to use.


Source: Developer Blackberry

Developer Hero Program Winners!

Back in June, we announced the Developer Hero Program. This program was designed to reward our amazing developer community for building new BlackBerry 10 applications. From June 2 to July 28, 2016, we had hundreds of new applications submitted, all of which were automatically considered for the program.

After months of testing, weeks of review and hours of debate we have finally selected the top new BlackBerry 10 applications. It was difficult to choose only three, so we decided to select the top four new BlackBerry 10 applications.

Congratulations to the following developer applications (in no particular order), the winners of the Developer Hero Program!

As part of winning the Developer Hero Program, these developer applications will each receive:

  • 6 months of featuring on BlackBerry World
  • A blog and social media posts promoting the application
  • 2-weeks of featuring on

Thank-you to all those who promoted and participated in this competition. We appreciate your ongoing support. Once again, congratulations to the winners!

Source: Developer Blackberry

Dive (or run, swim, vault…) into the Olympics with Google Trends

This year’s Olympics in Rio brings together 10,500 athletes from 200+ countries to participate in 306 events, from archery to wrestling. To help you get even more out of the Games, we’ve created a Google Trends Olympic Hub where you can find fun facts, data insights, feature pages on sports and athletes, and more.

Olympics Trends Hub
Throughout the next few weeks, Google Trends will give you a unique view into the games with a new Trends Hub just for the Olympics. There, you’ll be able to see which athletes, events and moments are captivating audiences—and searches—worldwide. For example, which country is searching for beach volleyball the most? Landlocked Switzerland. And the title of most searched grandmother in the world goes to British swimmer Adam Peaty’s nan.

Here’s some of what you can expect from Trends over the next few weeks:

  • Search insights revealing what the world is wondering about the events—from fencing to synchronized swimming (and every moment in between!)
  • Data interactives like our alternative medal table and top searched sports per country
  • Trending sports and athletes lists, showing what’s of interest at any given moment

Explore Trends in a new way
As you explore the site, you may notice something else—a new Google Trends Explore page. With a fresh design and features like a color-coded map, you can analyze search data in new ways. For example, you can compare interest in previous Olympic Games over the years:

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Simplified Screenshot Submission Process

Now it’s easier than ever to deliver your screenshots and app preview using iTunes Connect. Submit just one set of screenshots and one optional app preview per device family, and they will be used across device sizes and localizations.

If your app’s UI or behavior changes based on device size, or if you would like to include localized screenshots, you can use the new Media Manager to add custom screenshots. Learn more by watching What’s New in iTunes Connect from WWDC16.

Source: Apple Developer

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