BlackBerry KEYone gets a holiday discount

BlackBerry KEYone hands-on video

We're seeing a lot of smartphone deals now that holiday shopping season is in full swing, and the BlackBerry KEYone is the latest device to get a discount.

The BlackBerry KEYone is on sale now through December 24th You can get the deal from Amazon and Best Buy, who are discounting both the GSM and Verizon versions of the KEYone.

As a refresher, the BlackBerry KEYone features a 4.5-inch 1620x1080 display, 12-megapixel rear camera with 4K video capture, and an 8-megapixel front camera with wide angle lens. Also included is 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot if you need additional storage.

Rounding out the KEYone's spec list is an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,505mAh battery. There's a USB-C charging port and Android 7.1 Nougat in there, too, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Perhaps the most notable feature of the KEYone, though, is its physical keyboard. Not only does it have a hardware QWERTY keyboard, something that's extremely rare in the smartphone world nowadays, but you can also use the keys as shortcuts. The space bar also doubles as a fingerprint reader and the entire keyboard can be used as a trackpad.

To get a closer look at the BlackBerry KEYone and its physical keyboard, hit the links below.

Are you happy with your smartphone’s battery life?

Apple iPhone X

Before the iPhone X launched back in November, a friend of mine was asking me what I thought the battery life would be like. He was using an iPhone 6S at the time and, according to his daily routine, he couldn't get through a normal's day of usage before he had to charge up. He was trying to decide between the iPhone 8 and the X, and he wasn't sure he wanted to spend the extra money if he wasn't going to get a discernible difference in battery life.

While I had used an iPhone 8 by that time, I hadn't gotten my hands on the iPhone X just yet, so I obviously couldn't really tell him how the two devices compared. I told him that he'd get better battery life compared to his current situation, which he expected. I told him to think back when he first got his phone and how good, or bad, the battery life was then and he could probably expect slightly better than that with Apple's new smartphone.

He decided to go with the X, after we discussed the OLED display and how that would help carve out some extra minutes in the long run, too.

So he's had his phone since November 3, now over a month, and he's pretty happy with the results. He still charges his phone every day, but he does so at the end of it, and he's not rushing to find a charger, either. He hasn't been impacted by the several different iOS updates that Apple has released since the flagship phone's launch, either, which is good news.

I haven't used a phone with a removable battery in so long that I can barely remember what life was like back then. And, even when I did use phones that allowed for that sort of thing, I never carried an extra battery around with me. I've been lucky in this department across devices and platforms.

Yes, some have lasted longer than others, but I honestly can't remember using a phone that had me scrambling to juice up its battery before I was in a good place to do so. I'll have to knock on some wood after this article posts.

I'm curious to hear what device you're using these days as your daily driver, and how you feel about the smartphone's battery life. Are you happy, overall, with its performance? Do you have to charge multiple times a day? Or do you have a battery case attached to it just to make sure it gets through your busy schedule? Let me know!

Android platform distribution numbers for December 2017 show more growth for Oreo and Nougat

Google Pixel XL Oreo Easter egg

New month, new Android distribution numbers.

Google today posted its Android platform distribution stats for December 2017. These numbers measure which versions of Android were used to access the Play Store during the 7-day period ending today, December 11, 2017.

Android Oreo (8.0) saw a modest usage increase from last month, moving from 0.3 percent in November to 0.5 percent in December. That increase is likely thanks to both the rollout of Oreo to some new devices and continues sales of Google's newest Pixel phones.

Google Android platform distribution December 2017

Android Nougat (7.0 and 7.1) saw an increase in usage from last month, too, growing from 20.6 percent in November to 23.3 percent in December. All other previous versions of Android saw their usage decrease from last month to this month.

Android Marshmallow (6.0) usage fell a little more than one percentage point to finish at 29.7 percent in December, while Android Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1) dropped to 26.3 percent usage.

Android KitKat (4.4) slipped less than half a percent to finish at 13.4 percent usage for December, while Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) fell to 5.9 percent. Rounding things out is Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) which held steady at 0.5 percent usage and Android Gingerbread (2.3) which slipped to 0.4 percent usage.

Which version of Android are you currently running?

Verizon strikes new deal with NFL, will allow customers on other carriers to stream NFL games

Verizon logo large

In recent years, Verizon has been the only carrier that offered NFL streaming on mobile devices because of a deal that it had with the NFL. Today Verizon announced that it's struck a new deal with the NFL, but things are a bit different this time around.

Verizon and the NFL have reached a new multi-year partnership that'll offer streaming NFL games to customers on any carrier. Starting January 2018, the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl will be streamed on Yahoo and Yahoo Sports as well as go90 and the NFL mobile app.

To start watching the action in January, download the Yahoo Sports app for Android and iOS.

This deal will offer streams of in-market and national games, including national pre-season and regular season games. Also available will be NFL highlights, coverage of the NFL throughout the week, and "a robust set of jointly-developed original content."

The NFL is huge in the U.S., and so it was always kind of a bummer that only customers on Verizon could stream NFL games on their mobile devices. That's why this deal is big news, because now anyone can stream NFL games on the go. The deal is taking effect at a good time, too, with the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl right around the corner.