First BlackBerry Priv software update arrives to improve performance, security, and camera capabilities

First BlackBerry Priv software update arrives to improve performance, security, and camera capabilities
BlackBerry today started rolling out the very first software update for the Priv - its first Android-based smartphone. While this doesn't bring Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Marshmallow will arrive next year), it is a pretty important update

Weighing in at 475 MB, the update improves the overall system performance, stability, and security of the Priv. Moreover, BlackBerry is enhancing the speed of its camera app, while boosting the quality of low-light photos (in your BlackBerry Priv review, we did find the camera to be a bit on the slow side, noticing that low-light photos weren't exactly great).

Initially, the software update is available only to Priv units bought directly from BlackBerry. Carrier versions of the handset will get the update starting December 7. As always when it comes to hefty updates, it is recommended that you download this via a Wi-Fi connection.

At the moment, the BlackBerry Priv can be bought for $699.99 unlocked, or for $249.99 on contract (only from AT&T in the US).

source: BlackBerry Blog

Related phones

  • 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



1. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

BB better fix that underperforming camera! Heck, I find nothing appealing in the Priv other than it's great secutity.

2. Busyboy

Posts: 736; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Why is security so hyped on this phone? Sure, you can't root or unlock the bootloader but that's about it. Dtek offers the same level of security as any ordinary antivirus app.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22396; Member since: May 28, 2014

Once it receives the Marshmallow update, DTek will offer much more. Until then, you're absolutely correct.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It does the same as other antivirus apps, but it's made by Blackberry so I would rather have it than some other app. Really that's about the only reason to own a Priv, well besides that excellent keyboard but not for the price.

21. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

This is why it's different than being JUST an app. It's built with more security at deeper levels in the hardware, not just the software.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Security and the Dtek app would be the only reasons to consider the Priv. If it was a little cheaper, it would be a considerable device. But when you have other Android devices that offer a little more value at prices less than the typical flagship, it's kind of hard to recommend the Priv. It's just another Android device.

20. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

you right, used it for two days, the phone is junk

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22396; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice to see BlackBerry is issuing updates at a quick pace, like Chen said they would.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Now where's that marshmallow update?

8. BobbyBusterII

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 01, 2015

You will get it some time next year, provided BlackBerry is still alive at that time.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They're making money on Android now so they will be alive. I'll bet you're banned again before Blackberry issues its next update.

11. BobbyBusterII

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 01, 2015

They aren't. That's the tragedy.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22396; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, it won't be a tragedy when they ban your troll account again. PA, please ban this guy again, asap.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I give you two more hours before PA slaps that banned label next to your name. :)

23. Admonisher

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Another gravedigger killing time, hoping to fill that hole one day.

9. haydenb

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Good to see Blackberry sending out updates so soon.

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