Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

BlackBerry confirms Priv will not get Android Nougat

BlackBerry confirms Priv will not get Android Nougat

However, security updates will still be pushed out. Launched back in January previous year, the BlackBerry Priv is a BlackBerry device running Android OS.

BlackBerry's Priv smartphone, which was launched couple of years ago, won't be getting the Android 7.0 Nougat OS update. Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry launched its much awaited Android smartphone BlackBerry Priv in India in January previous year. This can not be helped as throughout the Priv's existence, Blackberry has only offered one OS update to the device.

According to a report from CrackBerry, the Blackberry Priv received the Marshmallow update in 2016 and that it is almost impossible to bring all the partners together for this update.

The confirmation comes via Alex Thurber, general manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions, who said on a recent episode of the UTB Blogcast (below) that the Priv, released in 2015 running Android Lollipop, won't be getting the upgrade to Nougat.

Moreover, while he was also unable to clarify if the DTEK branded smartphones, such as the DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 by TCL, would receive future OS updates, he termed it unlikely, but he however guaranteed that they will continue receiving security updates.

Blackberry Priv owners are pleased with the phone they purchase but they are not happy with the after-sales support offered by Blackberry.

On a lighter note, Thurber re-confirmed that the TCL-made KEYone is on a path to receive Oreo, but there is not yet a date for this. It had a slide out physical keyboard and a touch display unlike the KEYone which has the keyboard and screen fused together. Powering the handset is a 1.8GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It features a 18MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and OIS.

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