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The BlackBerry Priv has just received a number of notable software updates

The BlackBerry Priv has just received a number of notable software updates
The BlackBerry Priv was already a solid Android smartphone, but the manufacturer has just pushed a number of stock app updates that give the phone even more punch. The keyboard app, the camera app, and the launcher have all been updated to include some notable improvements.

Starting off with what's probably the most important update, the keyboard app now comes with an even smarter prediction engine that can scan through the email and message history to uncover commonly used words. Also, the stock keyboard app will also suggest names from the contact list. Since the BlackBerry Priv comes with a physical keyboard, it only makes sense for BlackBerry to want to improve on the typing experience.

Moving on to another notable update, the BlackBerry Priv camera app has been updated to support slow-motion video recording. When activated, the slow motion mode will capture videos at 120 frames per second. When played back at the usual frame rate of 30 frames per second, the objects in the frame will move at a quarter of their usual speeds. Most other premium smartphones come with a slow-mo video capture mode, and it's nice to see that BlackBerry has brought the Priv up to par with its competitors. Furthermore, BlackBerry's updated camera app includes a performance and stability fixes.

Last but definitely not least, the BlackBerry Priv launcher has been updated to receive some clever new features. Apps installed on an SD card will still show up in the launcher even when the card is removed, but with a grayed out icon. Also, the launcher will now organize apps in Recent, Personal, and Work categories.

If you're eager to test how the Priv performs with the new updates, head on over to the source links below and update the stock apps.


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posted on 01 Mar 2016, 17:21 6

1. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1588; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Already got my updates. So much for the naysayers claiming the device wouldn't be supported. Every single month it's been updated.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 17:26 3

2. meanestgenius (Posts: 9672; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Got two yesterday and one early this morning. And you hit the nail right on the head, Crispin.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 18:43 3

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't think maintenance updates and updates to stock apps were the issue. The update to marshmallow is probably what most people were talking about, which is a fair point. They should have been working on marshmallow and having it ready by now.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 18:56 4

6. Pattyface (Posts: 1518; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Who says they aren't working on it? Has Samsung released mm to their 2015 flagships?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 23:26 1

15. grbrao (Posts: 276; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


If samsung release MM to 2015 flagships who will upgrade to S7??

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:01 3

8. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1836; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Samsung, the most profitable Android OWN has yet to push out Marshmallow. Neither have the majority of Android OEM's. So your point is rubbish here.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:15

9. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


The charge that iOS updates deliberately slow down older iPhones gets regurgitated every so often. It's a sensational charge so it gets sensationalized. Most recently some research into correlation vs. causation in big data analytics and how it shouldn't be misinterpreted was — wait for it — widely misinterpreted. Whether regurgitators failed to read all the way through the research, or simply decided to ignore it in service of sensationalism doesn't really matter. The resulting misinformation and confusion is the same. So, what's really going on with iOS updates and older devices?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:36 3

10. meanestgenius (Posts: 9672; Member since: 28 May 2014)


They actually ARE working in marshmallow right now, but it obviously is going to take time to secure this version if Android to their liking. And as it has already been stated, stalwart Android OEM's like Samsung have yet to update their phones to marshmallow.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 17:28 3

3. meanestgenius (Posts: 9672; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Great to see BlackBerry updating its stock apps on the PRIV so often. Between the app updates and security updates happening on a monthly basis, BlackBerry is keeping the PRIV fresh and well supported. Keep the updates coming, BlackBerry.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 22:42

12. Podrick (Posts: 450; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Meanest, how's the battery life and standby on the priv?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 23:09 4

13. meanestgenius (Posts: 9672; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Battery life is pretty good. Not Passport good, but it's close. I do find that battery lasts me throughout the day and into the night, but it needs a daily charge. I get a good 12-18 hours out of the PRIV, depending on how heavy my usage is(and I'm generally heavy user). For comparisons sake, while I do have to charge my PRIV daily, I can go almost two days without having to charge my Passport.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 23:38 1

16. Podrick (Posts: 450; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Thanks. Battery life sounds good, obviously won't be as good as passport, BB10 is way more optimized compared to lollipop. And how much battery drains overnight?

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 09:57

19. meanestgenius (Posts: 9672; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'll be honest, I haven't really observed any battery drain overnight. Haven't payed attention to it. But I will now, and definitely get back to you.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 23:22 2

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 9672; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Standby time in the PRIV gives me over 24 hours, easy.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 18:55 1

5. Pattyface (Posts: 1518; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


The only issue I ever had with this phone was build quality versus price. I had no doubt that bb would do right by this phone with updates and support. Anyone thinking otherwise is just being a fanboy

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 19:55 3

7. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1588; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I can't comment on the early production models, but the T-Mobile version I have is as tight as any other flagship out there. Even with a portrait slider on board it doesn't have the "Oreo" effect others in the past have had. I had no qualms about dropping $720 for this animal. My previous Note 4 creaked like an '82 Chevy Cavalier.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 21:43 1

11. Obie-Wan (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2012)


It's nice to see BB keeps updating the Priv, hope it will bring BB back to the game.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 08:34

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


Best smartphone on the market when you consider all the extra features Blackberry has brought over to Android, plus top notch hardware and specs and security with an amazing camera and great battery that lasts all day.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 08:50

18. tokuzumi (Posts: 927; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


The Priv is a sexy device. And since BB only has one phone, it's easy for them to push out these security updates.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 11:17

20. Zeeya (Posts: 279; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


730 Euro for the Priv. Fuuuuhuuuk yoooouuu nooo thaaanks.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 22:46

21. bigmel314 (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Jan 2009)


Ive had the Priv since release. Its a great phone and doesnt have memory leak like Samsungs.

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