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Get BlackBerry Priv’s virtual keyboard on your Android smartphone

Priv is BlackBerry’s latest attempt to make it in the tech world. The new smartphone comes with Google’s mobile platform, Android – instead of BlackBerry 10, and BlackBerry’s physical and digital keyboards that characterize the Canadian company.

The $699 off-contract smartphone has a 5.4 curved display, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 18-megapixel rear camera, 32 GB of internal storage and a 3,410 for almost 23 hours of use.

If you think the Priv costs too much, and just want to try the handset’s keyboard, you can try it right now on your Android smartphone. At least the keyboard’s digital version.

To do it, enable the installation of apps from “unknown sources” in the Security tab of your Android’s settings. Download BlackBerry’s keyboard apk file on the XDA Developers website – installing the keyboard doesn’t require root.

Remember to turn off the installation of apps from unknown sources to avoid security risks.

Now you can make use of BlackBerry’s great prediction feature to swipe up on individual letters to insert words. Check out how the keyboard works after the break.

Do you like BlackBerry’s keyboard on Android?

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