BlackBerry has announced that it's dropping Priv from the list of Android devices currently enjoying support for monthly security updates from the company. The phone was launched back in November 2015. Despite its end of software support, the company will still service phones in warranty.
While most people have turned their attention to the BlackBerry Keyone, some still like the idea behind the Priv better. So there's a seller on eBay who has new units of the Priv for less the $300 right now.
The folks at Android Central have compared the BlackBerry KEYone to the BlackBerry Priv to see how much of an upgrade the KEYone offers. The comparison also looks at the hardware keyboards that are included.
Michael Fisher just uploaded a re-do review of the BlackBerry Priv and he's still a fan of some of its features (like the keyboard, shortcuts, etc). However, things like battery life and daily performance prevent it from competing with the rest of the market.
Although BlackBerry has already started seeding the Android Marshmallow update to Verizon BlackBerry Priv owners, the company has also started sending out updates to non-Verizon Priv owners. The update is available via the beta channel and updates the firmware to version AAH505.
Back in September, some people who own the AT&T BlackBerry Priv were starting to notice a No Service bug that was preventing them from connecting to the network. BlackBerry has finally identified the issue and is currently working with AT&T to get it pushed to customers as quickly as possible.
BlackBerry has been known for pushing out updates very quickly, but if you bought your Priv from AT&T then updates were much slower. However, it's now being reported that BlackBerry will be handling the updates for the AT&T variants too.
BlackBerry hasn't sold a smartphone in the country of South Korea in 3 years thanks to low sales of their devices.
However, the company seems to be confident enough in the Priv that they will begin selling the device there on September 20th.
BlackBerry has begun pushing out a beta update for its Priv smartphones, though not everyone will get it.
Only AT&T, Canadian Carriers, and AsiaPac devices will have access to the new security beta and then only if the device is enrolled in the program. No word on official rollout yet.