BlackBerry Priv receives unexpected update

The first Android driven BlackBerry, the Priv, launched on November 6th, 2015. Last December, BlackBerry announced that the phone with the vertical QWERTY slider would no longer receive Android security patches. But that isn't preventing the company from pushing out an update to the Priv that includes a new firmware version (AAW068). The changelist is unknown, and after the update the security patch level remains the same.

It should be pointed out that even though there are no more monthly security updates coming to the Priv, BlackBerry did say that "should a critical vulnerability be exposed, we will engage our partners as needed to develop and deliver necessary patches." We don't know if that is the case here, but with the update weighing in at 100MB, there could be something interesting included.

When you receive the notification alerting you that the update has arrived on your Priv, before you continue the updating process, there are two things you need to do. One, make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi signal. And two, check to see if your battery is fully charged.

We understand that there could be some verification issues after the update has been installed. If you encounter this problem, you can find out how to fix things by clicking on this link.

source: CrackBerry

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  • Display 5.4" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 18 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3410 mAh



1. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Interesting, I still kinda wish I had this phone.

2. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

I love the design of this phone, wish they would use a design like this again

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

No Nougat? Or better yet, Oreo? Sad! This phone's hardware is more than capable of handling any version of Android smoothly but... Well, there are always custom ROMs, are there not? But again; installing a custom ROM will steal this phone's glaring features; security and privacy i.e The DTEK Suite! Ah, perks of owning an Android. My S6 also won't receive Oreo, or even security updates for that matter! Oh well, G'Day!

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There are no custom ROMs for DroidBerrys because there's no way (yet) to unlock the bootloader and install a custom recovery. No, you're stuck on Marshmallow which isn't necessarily a bad thing but Nougat would help this device immensely especially in the battery life department which is the Priv's Achilles heel.

5. Venom

Posts: 3541; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The Priv was a notable first for BlackBerry, but the device had a ton of issues along with blackberry not consistently updating the device to the latest version of Android.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Other than the nexus phones, has anything with the SD 808 been upgraded to nougat?

7. Venom

Posts: 3541; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nexus had the 810.

8. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Nexus 5X had the SD808. The 6P had the SD810.

9. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The LG g4 has been updated to Nougat if I'm not mistaken. The Nexus 5X is now on Oreo.

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