BlackBerry posts Priv apps to Google Play Store

BlackBerry posts Priv apps to Google Play Store
The BlackBerry Priv is finally up for preorders, and BlackBerry is getting ready for the launch by releasing a number of Android apps for the Priv into the Google Play Store. This is obviously proof that BlackBerry believes the software is ready for prime time ahead of the device's expected release date of November 6th.

There are a number of new apps that BlackBerry has added or updated in the Play Store, including: MicrosoftexFAT, Notes, BlackBerry Calendar, Contacts, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Keyboard, BlackBerry Services, Tasks, BlackBerry Device Search, BlackBerry Password Keeper, BlackBerry Launcher, BlackBerry Camera, and DTEK. 

Many of the apps, you can probably figure out what they're for just from the name, and the functionality wouldn't be much of a surprise. The BlackBerry Keyboard app has some interesting notes in the release info because it mentions options for customizing settings on the physical keyboard on the Priv. MicrosoftexFAT will allow users to format SDXC cards using exFAT. And, DTEK is the app that allows users to keep track of your privacy and security settings as well as what data various applications are collecting and what apps have access to your camera, microphone, location, and personal information. 

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30 Comments

1. Monsterhunter

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Good stuff nice to see some apps from blackberry are getting ready for prime time. Man would it not be cool if you could change the color of the keyboard on the Priv. I doubt that it will be a option ( built in ) but would still be really nice. some people will say that it serves no purpose but who cares ......it adds a nice touch and pretty freaking cool.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

While on the one hand, it's a good idea for BlackBerry to release their software in the Google Play Store so other Android users can see exactly why users of BB10 devices love them so much (which could intrigue a portion of Android users enough to actually buy a BB10 device. A long shot, I know), it may have been better for BlackBerry to leave these software features exclusive to the BlackBerry Priv. At least for the first few quarters of the Privs exsisitence. These features are a strong selling point of the Priv, and to release them into Google Play for all to use may hinder sales of the Priv a bit. Although, if you're an Android fan wanting the physical keyboard, you're going to go for the Priv, regardless.

9. Mxyzpltk unregistered

You're on every Blackberry articles. Stop being a blind fanboy and get a life.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're a troll impersonating a troll, and you're telling me to "stop being a blind fanboy and get a life". Here's the irony in your statement: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In other words, you worship the real Mxyzptlk and are on his b@!!$ so hard it must be blue by now. And, You're imitating someone and coming to a phone site wanting to be him. That makes you the one that needs to get a life. There's a pot meeting up with a kettle right about now....

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's a poor imitation of me, so keep me out of it.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Looks like you want to be in it, since yore responding to me.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm asking you to keep me out of it since "you're" doing a mighty good job at mud slinging.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

And I'm telling you to not bother and comment at all on me taking down your bizarro impersonator. Besides, there is nothing that I said that isn't true.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't care how you go about interacting with your faux account. Just keep me out of it.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

You know damn well that's your faux account that you created to garner sympathy from PA users since more and more are calling you out for the troll that you are.

17. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2122; Member since: May 29, 2014

So are you groupie girl. And its hilarious that you're a groupie girl to an actual groupie girl.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is also a good way to expand BlackBerry's software footprint.

16. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Most likely, these apps are just in Play Store for fast updates, and cannot be downloaded on other devices. HTC and Motorola did the same about a year ago.

20. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

It was probably intentional to have the apps decoupled from the actual software updates, so that BB can do Android updates more quickly and not have these apps tied into the updates. Plus a number of these apps are probably useless without using the Priv anyway.

3. Rafishant

Posts: 390; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

If those apps are going to be available for all Android users, this would be the dumbest decision by the company's management. So the Priv would not have any differentiation features EXCEPT the physical keyboard, which the majority of users don't care about.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Actually, if you search the web for what people are saying about the Priv, it's DEFINITELY the physical keyboard that most of them are talking about. http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/10/heres-what-people-are-saying-about-priv-by-blackberry/ Read the comments. A great deal of them talk about wanting the physical keyboard. Here's another way the Priv differentiates itself from other Android phones: "BlackBerry has applied its world-renowned security model to Android, including: BlackBerry’s Hardware Root of Trust, a unique manufacturing process that injects cryptographic keys into the device hardware, providing a secure foundation for the entire platform. Verified Boot and Secure Bootchain, which uses the embedded keys to verify every layer of the device from hardware to OS to applications in order to make sure they haven’t been tampered with. A hardened Linux kernel with numerous patches and configuration changes to improve security. FIPS 140-2 compliant full disk encryption on by default to protect your privacy. The BlackBerry Infrastructure, a secure distributed global network that transmits petabytes of encrypted data to and from the world’s most powerful leaders and professionals. BES12, the leading Enterprise Mobility Management platform used by the world’s most powerful governments and corporations." That was taken from here: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/10/priv-is-for-private-how-blackberry-secures-the-android-platform/

4. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2122; Member since: May 29, 2014

I know apps like the BlackBerry virtual keyboard are exclusive to the PRIV, as they don't show up available for my G4 or Nexus 6. The BlackBerry camera will probably be a PRIV exclusive too. Several Android OEM's publish apps specific to their devices so they can update them faster and directly to the app. That way all users, regardless of the carrier, get the update at the same time. Motorola and HTC being two of the notable ones. The apps, however, remain exclusive to their devices.

5. Rafishant

Posts: 390; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

If they didn't show up available for your phone, this doesn't necessarily mean they are Priv exclusive.They are probably available at the store but not released to the users yet. However, let's not forget that we will meet the BlackBerry Experience Suite soon, which has very good apps collections. The image is not quite clear yet!

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

The BlackBerry Experience Suite is something that's geared towards enterprise. Doesn't look like a consumer play at all. It will also be available at a cost, which is a smart move. After all, why shouldn't BlackBerry make a profit if there are those that want their excellent software? http://global.blackberry.com/en/enterprise/blackberry-experience-suite.html

6. Mxyzpltk unregistered

Lagdroid + Bankruptberry= Epic FaIL!

7. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

and another dose of stinky Mxy fart

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's not me btw. Look at the name very closely.

19. Monsterhunter

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

What Is your problem? Why not just celebrate something and be excited. Negativity turns you! EVERY platform is a good one they all deserve some respect. I have tried other platforms b always come back to BlackBerry, but that does not mean I am a fan boy, it just means that this specific OS appeals to me. Learn to love everybody and you could learn many new things. BTW this reminds me of back in the day when th battles of dodge VS ford. Lol pure non sense

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Are you blind? I didn't say anything. I don't need your approval to voice my opinion should I choose to.

29. Bernoulli

Posts: 4358; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Haha still not down eh? Yup gotta keep doing it until it's gone bro lol xD

18. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2122; Member since: May 29, 2014

Groupie girl + trolling = Permaban. Btw... Everytime you post, it gets reported.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's officially lost it.

24. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I like BlackBerry hub the best and physical keyboard is nice. But at this point I have placed a pre-order for Sony Z5 Premium although price is not known. Hopefully it is under $1000.

25. Monsterhunter

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

You always need approval. It is what makes you who you are. This is fun! I cant wait to hear what craziness you gonna say " type" next. I eagerly await your response. :)

30. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

BlackBerry should buy BlackPhone

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