The BlackBerry Priv has just received a number of notable software updates

The BlackBerry Priv has just received a number of notable software updates
The BlackBerry Priv was already a solid Android smartphone, but the manufacturer has just pushed a number of stock app updates that give the phone even more punch. The keyboard app, the camera app, and the launcher have all been updated to include some notable improvements.

Starting off with what's probably the most important update, the keyboard app now comes with an even smarter prediction engine that can scan through the email and message history to uncover commonly used words. Also, the stock keyboard app will also suggest names from the contact list. Since the BlackBerry Priv comes with a physical keyboard, it only makes sense for BlackBerry to want to improve on the typing experience.

Moving on to another notable update, the BlackBerry Priv camera app has been updated to support slow-motion video recording. When activated, the slow motion mode will capture videos at 120 frames per second. When played back at the usual frame rate of 30 frames per second, the objects in the frame will move at a quarter of their usual speeds. Most other premium smartphones come with a slow-mo video capture mode, and it's nice to see that BlackBerry has brought the Priv up to par with its competitors. Furthermore, BlackBerry's updated camera app includes a performance and stability fixes.

Last but definitely not least, the BlackBerry Priv launcher has been updated to receive some clever new features. Apps installed on an SD card will still show up in the launcher even when the card is removed, but with a grayed out icon. Also, the launcher will now organize apps in Recent, Personal, and Work categories.

If you're eager to test how the Priv performs with the new updates, head on over to the source links below and update the stock apps.


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Priv
  • 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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21 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Already got my updates. So much for the naysayers claiming the device wouldn't be supported. Every single month it's been updated.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Got two yesterday and one early this morning. And you hit the nail right on the head, Crispin.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think maintenance updates and updates to stock apps were the issue. The update to marshmallow is probably what most people were talking about, which is a fair point. They should have been working on marshmallow and having it ready by now.

6. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Who says they aren't working on it? Has Samsung released mm to their 2015 flagships?

15. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

If samsung release MM to 2015 flagships who will upgrade to S7??

8. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Samsung, the most profitable Android OWN has yet to push out Marshmallow. Neither have the majority of Android OEM's. So your point is rubbish here.

9. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

The charge that iOS updates deliberately slow down older iPhones gets regurgitated every so often. It's a sensational charge so it gets sensationalized. Most recently some research into correlation vs. causation in big data analytics and how it shouldn't be misinterpreted was — wait for it — widely misinterpreted. Whether regurgitators failed to read all the way through the research, or simply decided to ignore it in service of sensationalism doesn't really matter. The resulting misinformation and confusion is the same. So, what's really going on with iOS updates and older devices?

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

They actually ARE working in marshmallow right now, but it obviously is going to take time to secure this version if Android to their liking. And as it has already been stated, stalwart Android OEM's like Samsung have yet to update their phones to marshmallow.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great to see BlackBerry updating its stock apps on the PRIV so often. Between the app updates and security updates happening on a monthly basis, BlackBerry is keeping the PRIV fresh and well supported. Keep the updates coming, BlackBerry.

12. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Meanest, how's the battery life and standby on the priv?

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Battery life is pretty good. Not Passport good, but it's close. I do find that battery lasts me throughout the day and into the night, but it needs a daily charge. I get a good 12-18 hours out of the PRIV, depending on how heavy my usage is(and I'm generally heavy user). For comparisons sake, while I do have to charge my PRIV daily, I can go almost two days without having to charge my Passport.

16. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Thanks. Battery life sounds good, obviously won't be as good as passport, BB10 is way more optimized compared to lollipop. And how much battery drains overnight?

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'll be honest, I haven't really observed any battery drain overnight. Haven't payed attention to it. But I will now, and definitely get back to you.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Standby time in the PRIV gives me over 24 hours, easy.

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

The only issue I ever had with this phone was build quality versus price. I had no doubt that bb would do right by this phone with updates and support. Anyone thinking otherwise is just being a fanboy

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I can't comment on the early production models, but the T-Mobile version I have is as tight as any other flagship out there. Even with a portrait slider on board it doesn't have the "Oreo" effect others in the past have had. I had no qualms about dropping $720 for this animal. My previous Note 4 creaked like an '82 Chevy Cavalier.

11. Obie-Wan

Posts: 108; Member since: May 24, 2012

It's nice to see BB keeps updating the Priv, hope it will bring BB back to the game.

17. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Best smartphone on the market when you consider all the extra features Blackberry has brought over to Android, plus top notch hardware and specs and security with an amazing camera and great battery that lasts all day.

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 1827; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The Priv is a sexy device. And since BB only has one phone, it's easy for them to push out these security updates.

20. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

730 Euro for the Priv. Fuuuuhuuuk yoooouuu nooo thaaanks.

21. bigmel314

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 11, 2009

Ive had the Priv since release. Its a great phone and doesnt have memory leak like Samsungs.

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