Update for Verizon branded BlackBerry Priv adds the latest Android security patch to the phone

Update for Verizon branded BlackBerry Priv adds the latest Android security patch to the phone
Verizon subscribers who own the BlackBerry Priv are currently receiving an update with the software build of AAN368. The update fixes unnamed issues that have been affecting the device, optimizes the phone's performance, and adds the latest Android security patch to the handset. The Priv was the first BlackBerry phone to run on Android, and features a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard.

The Priv, which was released in November 2015, is no longer the latest 'Berry to come with a physical QWERTY keyboard. That honor goes to the BlackBerry KEYone which has been well received by the smartphone community. The keyboard on the Priv doesn't come close to the one on the KEYone as the latter has bigger keys and more features than the slide-out QWERTY employed by the Priv.

If you own a Verizon branded Priv and you see the notification that the update has arrived, before you continue with the updating process you should make sure that your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network. If you can't find one, you should try to connect your Priv to a strong Verizon cellular signal. At the same time, you need to charge your battery up to 100% before downloading and installing the update on your BlackBerry Priv.

source: Verizon via CrackBerry

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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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16 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Still getting some love, that's great. Not too many phones of this vintage are still being supported and that's a testament to BlackBerry's commitment to support their phones as promised.

2. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

This patch has many improvements. Launcher is updated. Now you can change the gird size and icon size. Two new icon packs are added (BB OS icons) and many enhancements and improvements. UI is tweaked. Calender and other app bugs are fixed. Battery performance is improved after the update. This isn't just a security update. I get 5 to 6hrs of screen on-time. Loving my priv these days.! PS: check your playstore to see if you have BB app updates.if It doesnt install latest app updates with patches and you can manually install them. Wish priv gets nougat sometime. That would make it perfect!

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

According to this article, the older BlackBerry Android devices will get Nougat: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/android-7-nougat-when-do-you-get-it/ Not sure when, but I'm personally happy that this two year old device is getting updates that's arguably more important than full OS updates. Glad that an actual PRIV owner is speaking on the device factually, as opposed to a hater and troll that has never used the device before, and only exists to troll whatever he doesn't like.

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Blackberry devices are known to get updated even years after release. On a side note, I'm amazed Phonearena didn't report on Android 7.1.1 being rolled out to Moto Z users. I just received the update on my Z Force

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm aware of this. Maybe they'll report on it tomorrow.

11. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Meanwhile the Priv is still sitting on Marshmallow with no sign of Nougat to come.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Meanwhile, you have zero vested interest in the PRIV, or any BlackBerry device in general, so what's it to you?

5. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Glad someone who used the Priv is speaking of it without being a condescending hypocrite and jumping down people's throats for posting the truth. I'm not sure what is holding blackberry up with Nougat considering it's a year old now. I don't think it will get oreo at all.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Confirmed triggered by my comment. https://imgur.com/a/VwDuo

12. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Well I guess you are a condescending hypocrite. Good to see that you know what you are. http://imgur.com/a/V6zO9

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, I guess you know that you're triggered. So much so, that you're doing this: https://imgur.com/a/Iy7vZ

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Even though I use the BlackBerry KEYone now instead of the PRIV, it's still great to see that BlackBerry is still going on strong with its Security Patches and performance improvements for a two year old device like the PRIV. This shows how committed BlackBerry is to this device. The security patches are arguably more important than full OS updates, especially with how they come with performance enhancements and improvements every month. Kudos to you for that, BlackBerry.

6. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

This is nice. I'm glad they are at least keeping up with the security updates although Google still has them beat in security updates and Android updates on the Nexus and the Pixel phones.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry and Google release security updates at the same time, for the most part. BlackBerry actually beat Google to the punch before, as did Nokia, with security updates. Try harder not to be so triggered with by a positive BlackBerry article next time. Speaking of Google, how is that imaginary Nexus 6P that you fake own? Lol.

13. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm not triggered like you are since you are sitting here attacking me just because I said something you don't like. Cry more please. Better than the Priv that's for sure.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, of course you are. That's why you always troll BlackBerry articles and then cry like a little btch when you get called out on it. But I thought you said that you don't own a Nexus 6P on a Samsung article? Busted. ;D

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