BlackBerry Priv won't get Android Oreo

Gwen Vasquez
September 12, 2017

Although, the BlackBerry Priv did get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update past year, company's experienced how hard a task it is to roll out update.

However, it seems that the Marshmallow update would be the last that users of the Priv will get. Alex Thurber, General Manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions, confirmed this news on UTB Blogs' #100 podcast.

Questions for also asked about whether the DTEK devices would also be getting the update and it looks unlikely that these devices will get updated.

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BLACKBERRY HAS LIKELY pissed off a handful of people with the news that its BlackBerry Priv smartphone won't be updated to Android Nougat.

When the BlackBerry Priv was announced, it made a lot of headlines as it was the first smartphone from the company that would run Android. The company prides itself in how secure their software is (even when it's built on top of Android) and they were even able to release their software update before Google did on occasion. The podcast ran just over an hour, and the crew asked numerous questions we've seen crop up regularly here in our forums.

Thurber spoke about the list of channels updates have to go through including hardware partners, carrier partners and more before pushing updates, citing this as a complication in delivering feature updates to the PRIV and other handsets such as the TCL manufactured DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 - though he didn't rule out their receiving a Nougat (or Oreo) update. It comes with a slide-out physical keyboard with smart touch capabilities. Launched back in January past year, the BlackBerry Priv is a BlackBerry device running Android OS. The smartphone sports a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution. You also get up to 2TB expandable storage using microSD card. It features a 18MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and OIS. Based on the BlackBerry KEYone, it turned out great, says BlackBerry.

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