BlackBerry DTEK 50, DTEK 60 both receive the May Android security update, but there are some issues



Both the BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60 have received the May Android security update, dated the fifth of this month. Some owners of the two devices have been complaining about verification issues that have prevented them from downloading and installing the update. As pointed out by one DTEK60 owner, it seems to be a case of hit or miss as far as the update is concerned.

Other manufacturers might not be so concerned with having the latest Android security update available for their handsets, but BlackBerry licenses its software to companies like TCL's BlackBerry Mobile as a more secure version of Android. And of course, these two models get their name from the DTEK app that was first developed for the BlackBerry Priv. The app will tell you how strong your passwords are, and how secure your phone is.

If you are having trouble installing the May Android security update on the DTEK50 or DTEK60 because of verification issues, BlackBerry has posted a workaround on its support page. To get there, click right here.

The DTEK app will tell you how secure your Android powered BlackBerry is

The DTEK app will tell you how secure your Android powered BlackBerry is


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DTEK50
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Octa-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2610 mAh(17h talk time)
DTEK60
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(26h talk time)

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13 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Damn, the only updates they give are security patches and they somehow manage to botch that too. Where's Oreo for the KeyOne?

2. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

If the devices doesn't sell well, BB could not afford to pay salary for OS upgrade team.

3. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1251; Member since: May 01, 2017

When did BB become in charge of google payroll. You do know it runs on android and google is the one who pushes these update?

4. Subie

Posts: 2321; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

None of Blackberry's devices run stock Android nor get their updates "pushed" to them from Google. Each OEM is responsible for making sure the security and OS updates work with whatever hardware or software/skin they use. And it most definitely requires a software development team, which does cost money.

5. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

@buffalo I think you maybe newbie who dont know how things work....

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3106; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

NO, you're the one who doesn't know "how things work". BlackBerry is not the device manufacturer nor do they sell the devices. You know this because we have to tell you and your cohort on every single BlackBerry article. BlackBerry is posting quarter after quarter of solid profits and that burns a hole in your ass for some unknown reason. You really need to see a clinician.

8. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's just a technicality. That still doesn't change the point of these devices not getting the Android software updates. They are posting a profit from their software and licensing agreements, not their devices.

9. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Nothing that Crispin say is technicality. Is all fact. BlackBerry phone get more imortant monthly security update. You can get latest software update and still be behind in security update. That make your phone more vulnerable to outside attack. BlackBerry is software company now for some time. So it only make sense that their profit come from software and not hardware, since they stop selling smartphone for almost two year now.

10. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Would you explain me what TCL pay BB for?? As far as I know. BB modified Google's android (BB called it more secure android... Although never say how can it be more secure), and sell it to TCL for a BIG fee. And only the device that use BB 'secured' android can be branded BB device

12. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

BlackBerry say exactly how they make the BlackBerry Android Secure operating system more secure. You just do not bother with research. BlackBerry also do not “sell” the operating system to TCL. TCL license the BlackBerry brand and patent to produce, market and price the BlackBerry brand hardware while BlackBerry provide the operating system. BlackBerry also license it’s secure Android operating system for more than just branded BlackBerry smartphone. This is common knowledge for anyone that do the research. https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/7/17085948/blackberry-secure-licensing-program-security-software-punkt-ntd

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1843; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Good on Blackberry for keeping these devices up to date. I bought the DTEK50 for my mom a little over a year ago. She's enjoyed using it. I need to make sure she's keeping it up to date, as she's mostly computer illiterate.

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