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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  • 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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116 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 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

2. Unordinary unregistered

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

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

8. Unordinary unregistered

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.

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Overreact much?

23. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 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.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

29. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What he said wasn't even remotely overreacting.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually it was.

40. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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?

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

58. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

59. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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

14. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 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.......

17. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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"

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

24. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

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

28. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just like when you shed tears when people troll Apple.

31. Unordinary unregistered

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

38. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't hypocrite.

39. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

42. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

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

50. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If the shoe fits, wear it.

3. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Cut the price and ill happily switch

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 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.

5. dovking

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

My Next Device is definitely a Blackberry

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