Unfortunately, the app is only available to BlackBerry’s lineup of Android-power smartphones. You can download the app from the Google Play Store.
The app obscures parts of your phone screen “that you’re not actively viewing or using, while still allowing you to interact with the obscured parts,” according to Michael Clewley, director of software product management at BlackBerry. Privacy Shade allows users to adjust the transparency of the filter to suit the surroundings.
In his recent blog, Clewley said you can access Privacy Shade in four ways:
- If you are using Android OS 7.0 Nougat or higher, you can add BlackBerry Privacy Shade to your Quick Settings.
- If you are using a BlackBerry device with a Convenience Key, you can assign BlackBerry Privacy Shade to the Convenience Key.
- If you are using a BlackBerry device that supports Swipe Shortcuts, you make BlackBerry Privacy Shade one of your shortcuts.
- You can also toggle BlackBerry Privacy Shade on or off via an optional dedicated notification in the notification tray.
Clewley also listed several BlackBerry upgrades for March:
- Additional Hub Integrations: Support for Kik and Telegram
- Email Auto CC / BCC Setting: Users can now enable auto cc: or bcc: when sending a message. This setting can be applied to individual accounts.
- Android Wear Notifications (beta): Hub+ notifications and the ability to read and delete Hub items via Android Wear devices (i.e. smartwatches)
- Dual SIM support: Hub will support phones with dual SIMs. You can switch between them just like you would with multiple emails.
- Contact Linking and Cleanup: Improved support for finding and linking of duplicate contacts.
- OS Integrity Check: Users will now receive a notification if an OS Integrity issue has been detected.
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