Official: BlackBerry Priv will not be updated to Android Nougat


In just a few months, BlackBerry fans will “celebrate” two years since the launch of the Priv, a controversial device that you can either hate or love. Although the smartphone was launched with Android Lollipop on board, the Canadian company offered owners the option to upgrade to Android Marshmallow.



Unfortunately, that will be the last major Android OS update BlackBerry Priv will get, even though the smartphone will continue to receive various security patches in the future.



BlackBerry's General Manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions, Alex Thurber confirmed the information during UTB Blogs' #100 podcast. According to him, getting together all the partners needed for such an endeavor would be close to impossible, so BlackBerry Priv will remain on Android Marshmallow until EOL (end of life) status.



On the bright side, Thurber stated once again that the BlackBerry KEYone will receive the new Android Oreo update at some point. Also, future BlackBerry smartphones that TCL plans to release in the coming months will ship with either Android N or O, but in case of the former, they will certainly be upgraded afterward.



As far as the DTEK lineup goes, BlackBerry's official said he doesn't have a clear answer about the chance that the DTEK 50 and 60 will be updated to Android Nougat, but an official statement should go out in the next few weeks.




source: UTB Blogs 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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78 Comments

1. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Wow just wow. I called it as a very good hypothetical guess, but I was right. I said it a while ago that the Priv will not see unfortunately see Nougat. This is a ridiculous move, although I don't think too many people own the Priv given the price and the many issues that it has faced.

11. Vancetastic

Posts: 1799; Member since: May 17, 2017

Who needs a significant other when you've got a BlackBerry article, eh, Mxymite?

55. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

"Member since: 17 May 2017" So you're another alphageek yes account.

47. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

That's because the Priv is a failure. With the small user based, BB can't afford to do Nougat. Perhaps if there is enough Priv user, they could hope that there will be Nougat or Oreo build of LineageOS.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

If they couldn't "afford to do Nougat", then how did they manage to ship the BlackBerry Aurora and BlackBerry KEYone with Nougat? You're not making any sense.

56. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Stop deflecting because you know what he meant.

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

He meant what he said. Stop deflecting and making excuses for him.

80. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Bcous, they need to do nougat for each device, and priv is a failure, and NOT worth to be supported. Regarding Aurora, you will see what happened next year. The device is also a failure. No one want BB anymore in Indonesia. At least, not BB made by PT. Merah Putih (JV BB-TI), because TI (TiPhone Indonesia) is a low-cost manufacture known for bad product. TI used to make low end QWERTY device priced around US$30-70 when BB was popular 10 years ago. In other words, 10 years ago.... TI used to make BB looks alike device that priced very low... with very low quality

82. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

*Because... Lol, how is having Nougat on their two most recent devices bogus? Even if they provided Nougat for the PRIV, you'd still complain. All you do is hate on BlackBerry, ever since you created your 4th account here. Post a link proving it, because so far you're just blowing hogwash (a word you like to use so much). 10 years ago and now (the present) are two different things. Post links to back up your hogwash, or it's just that: hogwash.

50. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Don't be surprise if the TCL's BB device won't receive any support next year due to small user base.

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

TCL/BlackBerry Mobile has already gone on record saying that the KEYone will get Oreo. https://crackberry.com/blackberry-keyone-will-receive-upgrade-android-oreo#tzxxrpqDLfjEQgDV.97 Once again, try researching next time.

57. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

That doesn't mean anything. I distinctly remember you giving me flack for saying the Priv won't receive Nougat.

67. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

I look forward to you retracting that statement when the KEYone gets Oreo. You also said that the PRIV ran BB10. I gave you flack about that as well, and was right to, lol.

2. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

DTEK60 released with Marshmallow when Nougat was out for months. A year later, Oreo released and it hasn't seen an update aside from security patches. That's just sad..

3. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Does the priv have a BBx skin? As long as that gets updated you would still get more added features than iOS 1-6 or iOS 7-11.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not a big deal, BB has a solid hit with the key one, and is moving in another direction.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think it's a dck move, to be honest, darkk. The KEYone is a hit, but lately, it seems that BlackBerry is making decisions (or allowing decisions to made on their behalf), that negatively impact their core consumer user base, with the splitting of BBM being the most recent.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What if it's a hardware decision? Maybe they're just moving on from that style. They may release more phones that reflect that.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're right. It probably is a hardware decision. I'm just not cool with it and some other decisions they've made as of late.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't follow them like you do. What decisions do you not like?

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

The decision to split BBM into 3 separate things, leaving those on BB10 and BBOS in a lurch if they switch to Android, iOS or Microsoft BBM. They won't be able to switch back to BB10 or BBOS. Those users are BlackBerry's most loyal users. This one. I know it could very well be a hardware issue, but it sucks, anyway. I'm sure they could make it happen. And I'm still pissed that the screen lift issue even happened. I know that was TCL's fault, but it was hardware that bares the BlackBerry name.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's real talk bro, I understand your frustrations with BB. stick with them, they are making moves. Might not like them all, but the payoff could be worth it. After the Note 7 fiasco, I was pissed at Samsung, and went with an iPhone for a while, which I later sold. Samsung came back strong, didn't kill the Note line, and its paying off. See wassup with its future. BTW, the Note 8 is a beast bro, I love this thing.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

As you already know, I'm not an inbred fanboy that deflects for my OEM of choice when they screw up. Like you, I tell it like it is. BlackBerry Mobile hit a home run with the KEYone. The handsets performance definitely exceeded my expectations. Right now, I don't see myself giving up on BlackBerry/BlackBerry Mobile. I hear that! I had no doubt that the Note 8 would be a beast. Glad you're enjoying it!

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Our brutally honest appraisals piss off a few, or should I say...a flock. I missed the hell outta the S-pen. I planned on keeping my S8 Plus, but my ass decided to test the Craigslist waters, got an excellent offer, and met him at AT&T. Money talks lol.

59. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You're kissing up to Darkkmite lol. "I'm not an inbred fanboy" I don't believe that.

68. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're kissing up to PenTittie, lol. "I don't believe that." Fortunately for me and the truth, your beliefs don't mean sht.

48. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

That's because.... as I told you last year.... That Blackberry already **SOLD** the BBM unit to Indonesian EMTEK. This is a great mistake that BB make. It seems to me that John Chen trying to make big bucks on BB name without thinking the effect.

51. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry didn't "sell" BBM to Emtek. They are licensing it out. "This landmark partnership accelerates BlackBerry's vision to advance BBM for the consumer market through a licensing agreement with Emtek Group that enables the company to develop new BBM applications and services for Android, iOS and Windows Phones." That's from here:https://crackberry.com/blackberry-teams-emtek-help-expand-its-bbm-business It's called research. You should try it sometime.

79. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Oh c'mon even dr. phil know it, and already told you that BBM server were moved to Asia (Indonesia) to EMTEK home country. https://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-splits-BBM-into-three-services-switching-platforms-no-longer-possible-after-September-25_id97771 Stop being a blind sheep!!!

83. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Nowhere in the link you posted does it say that BlackBerry moved any BBM servers anywhere. So you're saying that someone not affiliated with BlackBerry knows more about the going-ons of the company than the actual people that work there? "However, we’ve read some inaccurate press reports that tell a different story and we want to bring the facts to light. First of all, let’s be clear. BlackBerry owns 100% of BBM. We have merely licensed the rights to the Android, iOS and Windows Phone versions of BBM to a newly formed subsidiary of Emtek named Creative Media (www.BBMTek.com). BlackBerry maintains direct control over the BBOS and BlackBerry 10 versions of BBM, as well as BBM Enterprise (formerly BBM Protected). Businesses running BBM Enterprise for the ultimate in high-security mobile communications can remain confident that there will be no changes, disruptions or degradation of their service. It is also important to note that there are NO plans to move any BBM infrastructure, including BBM servers located in Canada and the U.S., to Indonesia, contrary to what the Head of Creative Media apparently communicated to the media." That's from here:http://blogs.blackberry.com/2016/12/ensuring-a-bright-future-for-bbm-in-indonesia/ PROOF that not only is BlackBerry not moving any servers, but also that BlackBerry still fully owns BBM, and has only licensed it to Emtek. Stop being an ignorant trolling idiot spreading your lies and BS. It only makes you look more pathetic than you already look.

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