T-Mobile rolls out January security patch to the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry has quickly become the fastest non-Google OEM to send security updates to its smartphones. The Canadian company announced in the first week of January that it has started seeding the January Android security update for some of its smartphones.

However, the update was only deployed to those Android smartphones bought through BlackBerry's online store, which means carrier-bounded devices were not eligible for the security patch.

The good news is many carriers in the United States have already released the update for any BlackBerry smartphones in their portfolios. T-Mobile announced recently that the January security update is available for the BlackBerry Priv.

The Uncarrier is now seeding Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow build number AAI459 to all Priv units purchased through its online, as well as brick and mortar stores.

Although T-Mobile has already updated BlackBerry Priv's support page to reflect the new change, aside from the fixes included in the patch, there aren't any other features or improvements mentioned in the changelog.

On a side note, we expect the next security update for the BlackBerry Priv to be rolled out by T-Mobile sometime in mid-February, seeing that the carrier released December and January patches on December 13 and January 17, respectively.

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



3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

BlackBerry continues to show the Android world how it's done. The partnership with TCL is producing some very nice handsets and if, a big if, they price them competitively they will be a force to reckon with. They're not going to knock Samsung off their perch but they could easily cast HTC, LG, Sony and many others aside. BlackBerry and Nokia have been knocked down but not out. They're coming, watch out.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Too true, Crispin. And if the prices of the DTEK devices are any indication, I'm sure TCL will continue to price BlackBerry branded devices accordingly.


Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You speak truth Meanestgenius. BlackBerry is software company now. They only put software on phone made by TCL for them. BlackBerry still will be around from their software whether they have phone or not. TCL price the phone now since dtek phones. They will price BlackBerry Mercury good too. They always make good price for their phone. I like that BlackBerry have gsm phone so I can use when I am back home in my country. Gsm phone can be use everywhere. I just put it my sim and I use the phone with no problem.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's a pretty big if. The DTEK phones were priced competitively but the Priv and the Passport were not. If Blackberry really wants to stay afloat, they will release phones that are compatible with all networks. Until then, it's hard to recommend them when you have the Nexus and the iPhone SE available. Flagship spec phones with very competitive prices and able to be used on any carrier.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Uh, this is nice and all, but it's kinda late, T-Mobile. BlackBerry PRIV's on beta and that are GSM factory and carrier unlocked already got the January security patch by January 5th. Still, at least they updated it with the latest security patch.

16. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

You know them carriers always be late with the updates, MG. Now me personally, I much rather get them monthly security updates and know that my phone is safe, than to get the latest os on my phone. Long as my phone works good, I'm straight. BlackBerry ain't no joke when it comes to them security updates! Most Android phone makers haven't pushed out the latest os to all their eligible phones anyway, so I ain't sweatin' it. Only them Google joints get it first, but duhhhhhhh! Of course they get 'em first, they're Google phones! They get 'em before all the other Android phones. Yo, you gonna cop that Nougat runnin' bae the Mercury when it comes out? It's mine on release day!

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Still no Nougat in sight. If you ask me, they are doing good on security updates but are lagging with the version updates. They are not on the level of the Nexus and Pixel phones.

17. jarome

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

This was also rolled out by T-Mobile to the LG G5

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.