T-Mobile's BlackBerry Priv is now receiving Android 6.0 update; price cut to $374.99 by Newegg

T-Mobile's BlackBerry Priv is now receiving Android 6.0 update; price cut to $374.99 by Newegg
Owners of the T-Mobile branded BlackBerry Priv might be happy to learn that the Android 6.0 update is now rolling out to the device. With the update, owners of the slider will be able to extend their battery life with Doze. This is the feature that puts an Android phone into a deep sleep state after the device has been left alone for some time. Apps are shutdown in the background. The result is an increase in stand-by time and an ultimate increase in battery life.

Also included with the update is Google Now On Tap. This provides contextual search results based on what is on the screen at the time the feature is employed. With Android 6.0, users can give permission to apps on a feature-by-feature basis. And adaptable storage allows them to "add" their microSD card to the permanent storage on the phone.

In addition to the Android 6.0 update, T-Mobile subscribers with the Priv will receive performance and stability updates. Before starting the actual updating process, Priv owners should make sure that they are connected to a Wi-Fi network. The battery needs to be charged up to at least 50%. Because the update is being sent OTA, it might take a few days before a Priv user finds the update on his or her phone.

Also, you might be interested in knowing that Newegg is selling the unlocked version of the Priv for just $374.99. That undercuts Amazon's latest price by $20. Despite a $50 price cut to $649 by BlackBerry, Newegg's price totally demolishes the manufacturer's own price by 42%.

source: T-Mobile, Newegg via Crackberry, GSMArena

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1. BrutallyHonest unregistered

How's that one song go, "It's just a little too late ... "

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's a really good phone, and especially at that price. It's now on the latest version of Android. How is that a little too late?

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's too late in the life of it with so many better phones coming out and it's not universally unlocked. It's only for T-Mobile. Don't be salty.

6. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I dunno if you can read, but the ad clearly says "unlocked"

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes, I can read. I misinterpreted the article. I thought it was talking just about the T-Mobile blackberry. My point about it not being universally unlocked still stands.

13. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

But not just for t mobile, it's for over 95% of the carriers world wide which well you better read before making assumptions like you always do

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Again, I already admitted that I misunderstood the article. Stop acting like the user base from Sprint and Verizon don't exist. You and meanest are in denial about the Priv being available to everyone.

31. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Compared to the world they are a miniscule fraction, I mentioned world wide, or what are you going to say that verizon and sprint have a sizeable user base compared to that of the world? So yes 150 million people compared to 7 billion users is definitely available to everyone

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Now you're deflecting. The US market is a very significant market whether you want to admit it or not.

47. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

It is but even then it's only two carriers, number 1 and 4, if it was the top 3 I'd understand but the user base compared to that of the entire world who predominantly uses GSM is fractionless, now you're being a typical trump voter who thinks the world revolves around United States

62. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm an independent, but it's nice of you to deflect trying to make it into a political thing. I didn't say the world revolves around the United States. What I am saying is that the US market is still a significant market despite what you and meanest think.

76. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I never said it want we just stated the fact that gsm is the world standard for communications, and even in the United States almost 2/3 of the population run over gsm, hence why we said world standard not US, and even then gsm and cdma are meeting together in LTE technology, even Sprint uses non removable SIM cards.

78. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I am not disagreeing that GSM is a world standard. My point is that here in the US, GSM and CDMA are still the standards. Until CDMA is completely dead and is no more, it is still an important market. Why is it so hard to see that having bands for all carriers is a good thing if it gives the consumer more choices?

110. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Who knows but the thing is that you made a moot point in stating a fact that has no relevance to this, especially when it said GSM unlocked, like I said, learn to read first, troll later.

112. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And like I said before, I misread the article. I can admit when I make a mistake unlike someone else here.

119. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

There you go with the ad hominems, even if you can admit it you can only move forward, so let it go homie.

77. meanestgenius

Posts: 22181; Member since: May 28, 2014

No one said the U.S. is not a significant market. But GSM is the world standard, and is even much more widely used in the U.S. than CDMA is. This is a fact, and you can't dispute it.

79. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Verizon is currently the largest carrier in the US. Verizon still operates on the CDMA network with their devices even though they are now unlocked out of the box with limited usability on some GSM networks. Point is that CDMA isn't dead yet and that's a fact.

86. meanestgenius

Posts: 22181; Member since: May 28, 2014

The point is that even though Verizon is the largest CDMA carrier, they are doing away with the technology in favor of the more widely used, world standard, GSM. That's a fact.

94. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Until 3G ceases to be operating on Verizon and Sprint, CDMA will not be declared dead. I don't care what the standard is elsewhere. We are talking about the US market here.

102. meanestgenius

Posts: 22181; Member since: May 28, 2014

And I don't care if YOU'RE talking about the U.S. The WORLD is much bigger than the U.S. Stop being such an isolationist. And CDMA is dying. Get over it.

113. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You stop being such a pessimist. The world has no relevancy to what we are discussing here about the US market where CDMA is still ALIVE. That is a fact. Get the over it.

120. meanestgenius

Posts: 22181; Member since: May 28, 2014

How is stating a fact being a pessimist? CDMA is indeed dying. Yes, it's alive now, but it won't be in a few short years, because every carrier that uses it is going to kill it off in favor of the world standard, GSM. Get over it. The world has every bit of relevancy here. What doesn't have relevancy is you bringing up CDMA and universally unlocked phones in an article that clearly states GSM unlocked. Now get over your unhealthy fixation of being against all things BlackBerry, and learn to bring up things that are relevant to the conversation.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22181; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you're in denial about the PRIV being available to most of the world. The ONLY carrier it isn't available for is Sprint. Stop including Verizon like there isn't a PRIV variant for Verizon already being sold.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And that's why I said universally unlocked phones are superior. I'm not in denial at all.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22181; Member since: May 28, 2014

They are not "superior". If anything, one would GSM unlocked phones are "superior" as they are the world standard, and you really don't see too many universally unlocked phones outside of the iPhone, the Nexus line, and some Motorola phones. So yes, you are in denial.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If they have all carrier bands for the US carriers, which is the point btw, then it is superior. Stop acting like it doesn't matter.

56. meanestgenius

Posts: 22181; Member since: May 28, 2014

Universally unlocked does not make a handset superior to GSM unlocked. Stop acting like does, especially since CDMA will going the way of the dodo bird very soon.

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes it does. CDMA isn't dead TODAY. It is still alive. That is a proven fact.

22. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Even if it was only for T-Mobile it can still be unlocked to work on other networks as well. Don't be a dummy.

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