BlackBerry Priv to receive Android 6.0 next year

BlackBerry Priv to receive Android 6.0 next year
With the BlackBerry Priv now available to be purchased in the U.S. from AT&T ($249.99 with a signed, two-year pact; $699 off-contract), it is time to take stock of the version of Android that is pre-installed on the phone. The Priv is launching with Android 5.1, and according to the company, it will be updated to Android 6.0 sometime next year.

While that doesn't give us a specific time period for Marshmallow to arrive, it does show that BlackBerry is planning on following through by offering users a complete Android experience. And that includes sweating out updates, watching while other Android handsets are updated while you're still using an older build of the open source OS. These will be new experiences for BlackBerry veterans, giving them new emotions to feel.

For longtime BlackBerry users who have decided to embrace the Priv, welcome to the crazy world of Android updates. BlackBerry said a couple of days ago that it has spoken with resellers, a category that includes carriers, about expediting testing of Android updates. While Marshmallow might not show up for a while, there are still the monthly security updates that need to be dealt with.

Those who purchase their Priv directly from BlackBerry, won't have any problems. It remains to be seen how the carriers will respond, and if those operators notorious for taking their sweet time testing an update, will be able to quickly approve them for the branded version of the Priv.


source: AndroidCentral

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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

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17 Comments

1. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Not shipping with 6.0 out of the box? WTF BlackBerry?

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2362; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well, to be fair, no phones except for the Nexus and HTC One A9 are shipping with Android 6.0. I mean the Galaxy S6 Edge+, G4, and the recently announced LG V10 are all shipping with Android 5.1. And I think that's an important note to make because all three of those devices are going to be on the holiday shopping list and all will probably not get Android 6.0 until probably January/February of next year (and perhaps even longer if you have it on a carrier). I think we have to remember that Android 6.0 wasn't available until after Blackberry finalized the software on the Priv and we have to give them some chance to figure out how the updates should work (it is their first device).

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A good analysis of it.

3. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

That's okay, whatever it takes so blackberry doesn't have security holes like other major OEMs blackberry can wait until after Chinese new year.

4. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

It's a good start.

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They honestly shouldn't even list which Android version it's running. Android's problem is they are too transparent. You have to be closed like Apple. I mean Sony and LG had something similar to doze as early as kit kat. Google now on tap can be added to any Android version too I am sure, it doesn't have to b 6.0. Just say it has sense 8, touch wiz 9, or whatever blackberry decides to call their android skin(bb11?) and that's all the consumer needs to know. It's not like you don't get a yearly update either way. Heck, you get at least 2 in a year.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm not concerned about that, as no devices outside it the Nexus line and HTC A9 were shipping with Marshmallow (in the time frame that the Priv was ready to be released). Had BlackBerry waited until they could ship with Marshmallow on-board, they would have waisted precious time brining the Priv to market, and time is a precious commodity in the smartphone market. I'm eager to see how quickly BlackBerry releases updates for the Priv after that. If they do it like they've done their BB10 devices purchased straight from shop.blackberry.com and Amazon, then the updates will be in a timely manner.

7. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Priv will get 6.0 prior to the launch of 7.0 - if BlackBerry is still alive by that time.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hopefully, you're account will be permanently banned long before that happens, troll.

11. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Groupie girl! Get a life already, would ya! Bobby buster is about to get a full ban. And we'll ALL be happy once that happens.

13. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I dont want Bobby to be banned, his pointless comments sometimes are funny.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Javy, I respect your opinion, but wanting someone that posts pointless comments (even you think so) and who does nothing more than attempt to start flame wars in Android related posts to not be banned is not a good thing.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Next year is too vague of an answer.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

So, it will start rolling out 12/31/2016?

14. TeyaIman unregistered

For company like Blackbery that prides themselves on security, i would say this is such a fail and a oversight on their part. Marshmelloe brings crucial improvements that would benefit the Priv immediately (app permission. Etc) just shows Blackberry is not once what they used to be... O well ... They are going to be slow and lazy on this update i feel it and that is sad

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

So then I guess you can also say that about the other Android vendors that have yet to adopt Marshmallow on their handsets...

16. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I still use KitKat thou, Im afraid about updating to Lollipop because of the bugs and Im happy with the KitKat performance.

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