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BlackBerry prides itself in being the first to release monthly Android security updates

BlackBerry prides itself in being the first to release monthly Android security updates
Last year, shortly after the discovery of the Stagefright vulnerability, Google and various Android manufacturers have committed to delivering monthly security updates in order to avoid exposing users to new threats. Once it launched the Priv - its very first Android handset - Blackberry also joined the bandwagon. Now, four months after Google started releasing monthly security patches, BlackBerry takes pride in being the first OEM to actually roll out these updates.

As you can see in the table below (provided by BlackBerry), the Canadian company is the only one to deliver security patches with no delays, as soon as Google is making them available - this includes the March update, which Priv users have received on March 7. Other OEMs - which BlackBerry doesn't actually name - have always been late (to various degrees) with the monthly patches. Of course, since it only has one Android smartphone, it's easy for BlackBerry to always be quick in rolling out updates, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't appreciate the company's zealousness.

Unfortunately, the BlackBerry Priv is still running Android Lollipop, though an update to Marshmallow should arrive sometime in the coming months. At the moment, an unlocked BlackBerry Priv can be bought for $649. To find out more about the smartphone, check out our BlackBerry Priv review.


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posted on 12 Mar 2016, 22:43 12

1. vincelongman (Posts: 4150; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Good on them!

So far it seems only Google, BlackBerry and Xiaomi are delivering on their promise of monthly security updates

LG and Samsung promised them, but haven't been delivering them quickly AFAIK

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 23:01 8

2. Unordinary (Posts: 1263; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Good! I feel bad for seeing friends with the Note 5 not have Android M lolol. :(

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:11 15

6. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1198; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You hate people trolling in Apple articles, now you do the same thing on Android articales. (facepalm)

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:22 7

8. Unordinary (Posts: 1263; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Just because I'm sharing my feelings of sympathy and sorrow for my friend on his Android N-less Note 5 means I'm a troll? Ouch. My case stands. Good Job Blackberry.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:29 14

9. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3883; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I think it had to do with the lol at thend end of your comment. Saying you feel sorry for your friends and then laughing about it contradicts what you just said.

Like if I said I feel real sorry for you, lol, that sounds like I'm being sarcastic and disingenuous.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 09:09

22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Overreact much?

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 09:41 6

23. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Not really overreacting. His point is clear-cut. Because saying "I feel sorry for you," then laughing out loud, it indeed sounds sarcastic and mocking.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 14:25

32. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Except it is overreacting since the Android trolls do the same thing to iOS users.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 09:56 6

29. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1198; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


What he said wasn't even remotely overreacting.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 14:25

33. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Actually it was.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 17:39 3

40. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1198; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Kindly explain? What he said was exactly on point, how can you express sympathy or sorrow while laughing out loud? Or do you do that too?

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 10:06

48. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Like I said before, Android fans do the same thing but no one bats an eye. So he's overreacting.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 17:35 1

58. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1198; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


No one bats an eye? Lol
Actually everyone does, just like Android fans, Apple fans go full on defensive/bashing mode when that happens, do you think Apple fans are better than Android fans? No, fanboys on both sides are equally annoying.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 18:08 2

41. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3883; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Explaining why the other person reacted to him in the way he did was overreacting? You're such a tool it's not even funny anymore. No, what am I saying, of course it is.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 10:08

49. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'm a tool for crushing ignorance. I just crushed yours VZW, so you should feel humbled. No, what I am saying, of course it wasn't.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 18:04 2

59. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3883; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


My god do you just post the opposite of what I do without even grasping what it means? For example, your last sentence. SMH

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 03:06 6

14. RoboticEngi (Posts: 601; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


To be honest the reason why you are acting like you do, is because you don't have friends......you are probs just some fat kid.......

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 05:34 5

17. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1198; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Sympathy and sorrow? I can imagine you having a friend who lost something important and tell him "I feel bad for you bro lolol"

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 08:59

21. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You can't have an opinion here without someone shedding tears.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 09:45 5

24. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


You can't shed tears here without someone having an opinion about it, either.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 09:55 3

28. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1198; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Just like when you shed tears when people troll Apple.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 11:00 1

31. Unordinary (Posts: 1263; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Someone was trolling Apple the other day and I told them to go float themselves basically. I don't give a #%^= if someone talks crap about a company I don't work for / own, unlike other people here who get butt hurt and throw tantrums in 8 paragraph essays when they get offended lololol

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 17:36 2

38. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1198; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yep that's techiexp alright.
But the way you always defend Apple then automatically bash android while doing it, sound like you are the same as him, just with a much shorter comment length.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 14:26

34. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't hypocrite.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 17:37 2

39. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1198; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Lol looks who's using the word hypocrite. The irony!

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 21:31

42. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Stop all these arguments. We're talking about tech here

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 10:08

50. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


If the shoe fits, wear it.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 23:04 7

3. yyuu1000 (Posts: 200; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Cut the price and ill happily switch

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 23:17 6

4. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Great to see BlackBerry staying true to form and delivering these timely security updates to their Android offering. Hopefully, ALL Android OEM's will follow suit with timely security updates, not just the few that do. Kudos, BlackBerry.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:10 2

5. dovking (Posts: 17; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


My Next Device is definitely a Blackberry

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 10:09

51. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I would say the same but that price point is ridiculous.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:16 2

7. JohnGrant (Posts: 29; Member since: 12 Feb 2015)


Best smartphone on the market.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 00:37 4

10. thowersome (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Best smartphone and security on the market.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 01:00 2

11. keithtae (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


Good on them. Now when can I get my s7 edge!?

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 01:21 4

12. Bernoulli (Posts: 3776; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


What does that have to do with anything?

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 09:47

25. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


It's got to do with their business, i guess...

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 17:17 2

37. Bernoulli (Posts: 3776; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Article was about blackberry, so I really fail to see.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 21:36

43. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


After all, it's a smartphone, like the S7 Edge.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 21:36

44. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


After all, it's a smartphone, like the S7 Edge.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:54 2

55. Bernoulli (Posts: 3776; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Sooooo has to do with Sammy's business, not blackberry's.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 21:36

45. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


After all, it's a smartphone, like the S7 Edge.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 07:36

18. JunitoNH (Posts: 1647; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Yeah....good for them...

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 01:30 3

13. cripton805 (Posts: 1428; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


My Nexus 6 got the update. Do Nexus phones count?

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 03:37 4

15. StreetNerd (Posts: 819; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


so wheres the Prive price cut????

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 08:28 1

20. Pattyface (Posts: 1523; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


It truly needs a price cut.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 09:49

26. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


It does, but BlackBerry needs profits too. They'll probably cut the price whenever they'll see the Priv flopping alot, and that isn't the case for the moment.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 14:27

35. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They need profits but they also need "business since."

You can't still charge full price for a handset that is the same price as newer handsets coming out with better specs and Marshmallow update.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 15:53

36. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


But seeing BB's position in the enterprise, I guess they thought they could get away with it, thus being confident whilst charging that high price for the Priv.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 10:10

52. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I know they have a position in enterprise, but that fall back answer is getting old. It's pretty much an excuse now.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 15:13 1

57. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


How can a FACT be a "fall back" answer that's "getting old"? How can the TRUTH be an "excuse"? By your logic, Apple having great sales with the iPhone is a "fall back" answer that's "getting old", and an "excuse" now. Same thing with "benchmark" scores, and Apple fans continuously buying the latest iteration of the iPhone because "it just works for them", or because they are "happy with the iPhone".

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 23:57

63. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Because it's an excuse desperate Blackberry fans like yourself throw out there whenever Blackberry gets called out for overpricing the Priv. But of course you being you won't see it as nothing but an attack against Blackberry.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 04:14

64. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Then the same can definitely be said for desperate Apple fans like yourself whenever Apple gets called out for overpricing tech that's far behind Android OEM's tech. The iPhone is way overpriced. But of course you wouldn't see that as anything but an attack on Apple, being the blind $#33p that you are.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 21:14

69. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Overpriced tech that apparently outperforms Android phones like the Note 5 and sometimes even the Nexus 6P? Should I post links to the benchmarks again?

If you really think the Priv is comparable to the established iPhone then you should just quit while you can.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 22:09 1

73. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


It's pretty easy to outperform the competition when your OS is so light that a gnat can carry it on its back and it isn't pushing anything. You can post all of the links that you want, but if you put iOS on top-tier Android hardware, you'll undoubtedly see iOS struggle to perform.

I think the PRIV is BETTER than the "established" iPhone for how much it offers that the iPhone doesn't. Being a "media darling" through stellar marketing doesn't change the fact that the iPhone has crippled nfc and bluetooth capabilities, no fast charging, 720p screens in 2016 for the outrageous price that it costs...I can go on, so I believe it's you that should just quit while you can.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 01:29

77. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


How can it struggle on "top-tier" Android hardware if it's so light that a gnat can carry it on its back? You're starting to hallucinate from your bs' fumes again.

And I think the iPhone is BETTER than the "has-been" OEM for how much simpler, clean, and overall more supported than an OEM who couldn't even get developers of popular, widely known apps to make functioning apps for the few users that use its platform. Btw, the 6S Plus has a 1080p screen. You can let yourself back into the ground again.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:57 1

80. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


It can and will struggle on top-tier Android hardware because iOS doesn't have the power to handle the hardware. You're a real idiot for not understanding that.

And I think the PRIV is a much more capable device than the iPhone. As matter of fact, I KNOW it is. What good is "overall more OEM support" if I can't send a fille, song or picture to someone else unless they also have an iOS device? By the way, the PRIV is an Android powered BlackBerry, so BlackBerry now has the advantage of all of the developers that develop for Android. You just proved how much of an idiot you are once again for not realizing that. And BlackBerry a "has-been" OEM? Not when they're the leading MDM/EMM provider by a wide margin, as well as the top player in the auto-infotainment industry. Your narrow minded view of how things actually are as opposed to the fantasy world you live in never ceases to amaze me. Que your usual BS response of how "I'm talking about smartphones", or "that's just an excuse BlackBerry fans fall back on", even though it's PURE FACT.

By the way, the 6s is 720p. Stop acting like the 6s doesn't exist with a 720p screen attached to it. And the PRIV has a 1440 x 2560 screen, which puts the 6s plus 1080p screen to shame. Looks like you'll be the one heading back underground again.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 14:11

84. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


No, you're the real idiot who just contradicted himself and is now backtracking after getting called out.

Lol typical denial comeback. Like I said before in a previous article, Blackberry isn't the only OEM with business in other industries besides smartphones, so what? Samsung and LG both have businesses in different sectors like home entertainment, banking, and even shipbuilding. You're so full of crap. Blackberry got desperate because they knew they couldn't compete with BB10 being such a niche OS. Why else would they turn to the Priv, a device btw that costs about the same price as the S7 but comes with a lesser Snapdragon core and is still running lollipop? Congratulations on digging yourself into the hole with that one.

It doesn't matter if the Priv has QHD, 1080p is still just fine especially for battery life. You seem to forget that Apple doesn't always rush a standard out until it's done right. I'm pretty sure something like Apple Maps will come out as a potential response, but like I said before, Google has stumbled with new features and Apple Maps has had fewer problems than Google Maps did when it first debuted. So no, I'm not the one heading underground. You want to talk about screens, then the 6S+ is getting mentioned, get over it.

Checkmate.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 15:02 1

89. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I didn't contradict myself, you're just an idiot that can't fathom what I typed.

Like I've been saying, how can FACTS be a "denial comeback" ? That's just your "Idiots Logic" at work again. And did I ever say that BlackBerry was the ONLY smartphone maker that's involved in businesses outside of smartphones? NO. You seem to not be able to accept the fact tha BlackBerry has the dominant share of the other markets it's involved in, like EMM/MDM and the automotive infotainment industry. You're an idiot if you think those FACTS are anything other than FACTS. I suppose I could say that Apple got desperate when they needed Microsoft to bail them out from going under, or that Apple is desperate for signing a deal with Google to use their cloud services. Or is it that Apple was desperately afraid of being out-innovated by the competition so they decided to sue for things like rounded corners and generic names like "app store" . And as I said, BlackBerry can obviously still charge full price for the PRIV. That part REALLY gets those stained tighty whities of yours in a bunch up your $#!%%y @$$, lmao! Congrats on proving once again how much of a whiny little brat you are by STILL complaining about the price of a device that you have no intention of buying. You're proving more and more how much of a trolling idiot you really are.

The PRIV having a better screen than the iPhone may not matter to YOU, but to those of us rocking a PRIV, it's awesome. Stop trying to pass off your opinion as gospel, because it's not. And the PRIV has excellent battery life, even with its awesome screen. Apple Maps was a DISASTER, and NO amount of sugar coating that you do can make it otherwise. I don't care what Google may or may not have stumbled on at. We are talking about BlackBerry and Apple. Stop trying to deflect and change the subject. It only shows how much you're really losing this battle. So run along back underground now. I've just buried you again. And I don't give a $#!t if you mention the 6s+, the PRIV has a better screen than it as well, so YOU get over it.

#MxyJustGotOwnedOnceAgainByMeanestgenius

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 18:38

95. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11849; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


No, you're just an idiot who just likes to s**** up against the wall and see what sticks.

Right and you accuse me of copying responses? Look at your comment, basically copying my response. You're so predictable.

"Stop trying to pass off your opinion as gospel, because it's not."

I think you need to tell that to yourself first before you ever try to tell someone else to do the same.

You're done here.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 20:54

99. meanestgenius (Posts: 10201; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I like to s**** up against the wall"? Um, what?? Do you even know what you just typed? Stop speaking "idiot", I don't speak that language.

I "copied" your responses? That's BS. I SCHOOLED you using the same topic you brought up. There's a difference. You're such an idiot.

I can tell you to stop trying to pass off your opinion as gospel because that's all you do around here, and then you get your stained tighty whities in a bunch when someone has an opinion that differs from yours or is INFORMED as opposed to your BS assumptions.

#MxyJustGotOwnedAGAINByMeanestgenius

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