BlackBerry reveals how it will handle Android security patches for the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry reveals how it will handle Android security patches for the BlackBerry Priv
With the BlackBerry Priv shipping at the end of this week, the manufacturer's first Android flavored handset will soon be in the hands of smartphone users. Many of them have longed for the day when they could use Android on hardware produced by BlackBerry. As BlackBerry has pointed out in a promotional video released for BBS12, as the most popular mobile OS on the planet, Android faces 98% of the malware attacks on mobile devices. That makes it imperative for Priv users to know how BlackBerry plans on handling Android security patches.

According to BlackBerry's blog, monthly security updates from Google will be promptly sent out OTA to Priv buyers who purchased their device from BlackBerry. Some resellers (a category that includes carriers) have agreed to work on getting quick approval for sending out these updates OTA to Priv owners.

Some issues with Android just cannot wait for a monthly response. For these problems, BlackBerry will perform a hotfix, where code that will fix a particular problem will be sent to Priv owners. This is designed for extremely serious problems that require a rapid response. Because the code being sent is very limited, the testing done before the hotfix is sent out is perfunctory, allowing for a quick end to the issue. BlackBerry says that it will have the ability to directly patch all Priv variants.

As far as Enterprise managed updates are concerned, BlackBerry will allow IT departments to take back the control over software updates that it has on PCs, but lost on mobile devices. With BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and management of OTA updates, control of security patches in the enterprise will belong to a firm's IT crew.

It sounds like BlackBerry has given this much thought, as it works to extend the protection of Priv users beyond the security of the device itself. The most interesting development will be with some of the U.S. carriers who have a reputation of not being so timely with their Android updates.


source: BlackBerry via 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

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20 Comments

1. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Good to see BlackBerry will be staying on top of security with the PRIV.

4. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Is that how they did it on their old handsets?

9. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Yes. They controlled their updates.

11. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I was thinking more in terms of hotfixes, but that answers the question nicely too.

5. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yeah, Mr. Chen said their device would be as secured as Samsung Knox..

6. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Yeah I'm big on that, it's something! Another differentiation for BlackBerry. It's somehow aliviating the high price tag.

7. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

*alleviating

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

For corporate environment, security will always be key concern for them. Good to know that they are ahead of the security game and therefore can warrant a more premium price.

2. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I'm waiting on their support information. How many years will the do updated for?

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

That thumbnail tho. He's like "waaaaay up I feel blessed!"

16. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Really wanted the Priv but I walked in to AT&T a few days early and fell in love with the Edge Plus but best of luck Blackberry wish you guys can rebound nicely

36. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Samsung's Edge devices are far and away the best looking smartphones from a design perspective. Coupled with the best displays on any mobile devices, they are hard to resist. Got an S6 Edge for my wife 5 months ago and I still marvel at how good it looks. I would probably have purchased the S6 Edge+ for myself if they had a 128GB option.

20. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Can't wait until Friday. This device is exciting to me.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

As ever, BlackBerry is at the top of its game concerning security. This is just another way BlackBerry will differentiate itself from other Android OEM's. The more we learn about the Priv, the more it truly shapes up to be flagship material. Glad to that BlackBerry put a lot of thought into making their first Android handset a success.

29. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes and no, all of them but Samsung and nexus, that most of the android phones covered that most will buy, so this. Just helps them with Sony, htc, lg, moto and all the other China crap being offered and so on

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

You still haven't explained how this doesn't help BlackBerry differentiate.

27. MIG31_FoxHound

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

What if Blackberry Priv with Apple IOS Price Would be # 1199$ .... Nice Job BB

32. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

In India.

34. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I do not think that even BlackBerry can make Android truly secure. But most people seem to care more about how many apps are available than how secure is the information in their phone. So BB10 steps aside for a bit to see if people really want Android on BB hardware.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

That remains to be seen, but if BlackBerry can issue fixes in such a timely manner as to reduce, limit and/or negate the effect of any virus or malware, then that's a good thing.

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