Verizon rolls out Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for BlackBerry Priv


BlackBerry Priv owners who purchased their phones through major carrier Verizon will be happy to know that the Big Red has finally kicked off the rollout of Android Marshmallow update.

We reported last week that some Priv owners have already started to receive the update, but since Verizon did not confirm it we weren't sure if it will be available for everyone.

The good news is Verizon has just updated the BlackBerry Priv support page and confirmed Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for download. The official changelog contains lots of new features and improvements for the Priv, aside from those that usually come with Marshmallow.

First of all, Wi-Fi Calling is added, so Priv users will now be able to make and receive calls over a Wi-Fi network if cellular service is not available in their area. This feature will not be charged, as Wi-Fi calls to U.S. numbers are free, even while traveling outside the country.

The BlackBerry Keyboard got some improvements as well, such as enhanced prediction engine. It's also now easier to write emails with name suggestions from the contact app.

Furthermore, BlackBerry Priv users can now sort apps with separation between work and personal application on the Home screen launcher.

Some advanced features have been added to the camera application. There are new manual capture settings, such as shutter speed, ISO, EV compensation, and White Balance.

DTEK improvements include the ability to modify permissions on a system or per app level from within the DTEK app. In case the application detect something unusual in term of security, it will notify you immediately.

The update should be pushed OTA (over the air), but you can manually check for it and see if it's available to download.

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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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56 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

About. Freakin'. TIME!! Hopefully, Verizon allowed the security patches to go through along with the OS update. I would say that maybe this means that Verizon will actually start showing more support for the precious few BlackBerry devices in its line-up, but I know that's just wishful thinking. CDMA carrier support for BlackBerry handsets is either very little to none. Best to just get with a GSM BlackBerry, whether carrier branded or unlocked, as GSM BlackBerry's get the support. Even if BlackBerry made universally unlocked handsets, it wouldn't help their cause on a CDMA carrier in the U.S., as they either don't support/carry them at all (Sprint), or won't be provisioned by the network, as Verizon is so notoriously known for.

3. cosmin.v

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

It comes with the October security patch.

2. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Now just waiting for Verizon Priv Nougat Waiting Room.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think it'll see Nougat anytime soon, if ever.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Verizon Priv, you're probably right. The GSM versions will probably get it sooner than most others. They got Marshmallow before MANY other so-called flagships, or in the case of Android...lagships.

10. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow when 7.0 Nougat has been out there for over a month now...and if you count the developer pre-release it would be quite a while....

18. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

I haven't received the update yet. I keep getting this error: "Can't connect Sorry, we had trouble checking for system updates. This may be because your connection was interrupted. You can try again when you're connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network."

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