Additional hardware buttons have become a trend for smartphones lately. Often these are non-modifiable keys that should start a language assistant. This is not the case with the BlackBerry KEY2. A return from the KEYone is the comfort key, which has also been upgraded.
The Comfort Key is a customizable hardware key that can do virtually anything. Each app or shortcut can be associated with this button, along with speed dialing or messaging a stored contact. Unlike the KEYone, however, the convenience key of the KEY2 is smarter. You can now set up profiles with different groups of apps and shortcuts that change automatically, depending on where you are.
: Setting the default profile
Before you can make your convenience key context sensitive, you need to set it up with some standard actions. Go to the main settings menu of your phone and select "Shortcuts & gestures". Select "Comfort Key" and then "Add New Link" to display a pop-up of all available actions that you can invoke with the convenience key.
"Open app" allows starting an app. With Speed Dial, you can use the hardware key to call a stored contact (for example, an important other or an emergency contact). With "Send message" you can jump directly to a new e-mail or text message to a specific contact. "All shortcuts" allows you to start shortcuts that are specific actions within the operating system or app (the app developers create the shortcuts.)
After selecting the desired category, follow the instructions for Add the action to the default profile of the button. As you can see, I've decided to turn the convenience key into a button version of the OnePlus Alert Slider. Each time I press the comfort button, the phone will switch to either Vibrate, Mute, or Normal Ringtone.
The BlackBerry KEY2 has a Smart Convenience Key. The intelligence aspect comes from the new ability to handle multiple profiles, allowing for a different set of apps, shortcuts, and contacts, depending on where you are. These can be automatically activated based on your location using a few sensors.
You can set up four profiles: Default, Auto Profile, Meeting Profile, and Home Profile. The default is already enabled and will be set up in step 1. To set up the other profiles, select one of the three profiles at the bottom of the Convenience Key page in Preferences.
Select the profile you want to set up and repeat step 1 to add shortcuts, apps, or contacts. Unlike the default profile, you must activate the new profile. Select the switch in the upper right corner of your screen to activate the profile. If you activate the home or vehicle profile, a prompt will appear prompting you to confirm your selection.
The profiles are not activated manually. Instead, they depend on external triggers. For the vehicle profile you need to connect your device to the Bluetooth of your car. The home profile requires you to set up your home Wi-Fi network. These options appear after you activate the profiles.
After setting up your profiles, check if they work. Activate the default profile by deactivating Bluetooth and WLAN and pressing the comfort key. After checking, check the car or home profile by either connecting to the desired home Wi-Fi network or connecting to the vehicle's Bluetooth. The convenience key should display the shortcuts associated with the corresponding profile, provided you set it up correctly.
With the flexibility of the convenience key, you can use Quick access with just a mouse click. And with the improved KEY2 convenience key, these shortcuts now meet your needs wherever you are.