BlackBerry reveals how it will handle Android security patches for the BlackBerry Priv
posted by Alan F. / Nov 04, 2015, 7:42 PM
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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Good to see BlackBerry will be staying on top of security with the PRIV.
posted on Nov 04, 2015, 8:06 PM 14
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Is that how they did it on their old handsets?
posted on Nov 04, 2015, 8:08 PM 3
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Yeah I'm big on that, it's something! Another differentiation for BlackBerry. It's somehow aliviating the high price tag.
posted on Nov 04, 2015, 8:25 PM 2
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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
posted on Nov 04, 2015, 9:42 PM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 1:36 PM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 2:49 AM 1
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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
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 7:40 AM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 11:26 AM 0
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