BlackBerry may have struggled to find ground in an age that's mostly dominated by the likes of Samsung or Apple, but it has remained active enough to release the brand new Passport handset. And that's a new handset of some proportion to have arrived from the company.
Credited mostly for its squarish look, the new BlackBerry Passport is the company's way of showing that it is still in the game. BlackBerry says it received more than 200,000 Passport pre-orders in the days following its release.
And based largely on the new smartphone's "extremely good" reception, CEO John Chen predicted the struggling company could reach profitability by mid-year 2015. But while all that sounds good, there are a few tips and tricks that stand out for the new Passport.
Here are the top 5 tips and tricks that you should know about the new BlackBerry Passport.
Hitting the backspace key while working with text will delete one letter at a time. However, a long press deletes characters faster. And if you want to delete an entire word from there, just perform a short quick swipe from right to left across the surface of the keyboard.
When you are composing a message, you can quickly select the text using a 'running Shift.' Just place the cursor at the starting part of the text you want to highlight, and then hold the keyboard's Shift key and drag or slide the circle to the desired point where you intend to place it.
To allow Voice Control, you just need to long press the virtual comma key ( doing that will bring a grayed out microphone) or the Play/Pause button on the side of the smartphone. As you may know, the Voice Control features is a part of the new BlackBerry Assistant.
In case you are looking to reset the BlackBerry Hub, you can do that by making five short quick swipes from the top right corner of the display. All this has to be done while you're in your Hub.
You could always switch to the Desktop Mode for a better and impressive desktop-like experience as it will display more content. To do that, head over to the bottom right hand corner of the Browser screen click on the More menu, select Settings followed by Developer Tools. Here, set Desktop Mode to the 'on' position and reload the Web page.