BlackBerry app store closing after 2019, BB10 gets two years of support

Isaac Cain
December 18, 2017

True to its words, BlackBerry is ending the monthly security updates for the Priv after 2 years. Its sales were very high, but it will no longer receive monthly security updates.

To recall, BlackBerry Priv was launched in India in 2015 and in 2016 it got Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.

If we look at the smartphone, the company has been supporting the smartphone for nearly 24 months, which is a golden standard when it comes to Android smartphone software and hardware support.

Here's the important part of BlackBerry's blog post.

"Having now stepped outside the original 2-year window, we will no longer be delivering monthly updates for the PRIV moving forward", said Alex Thruber, senior vice-president and general manager of the Mobility Solutions Division at BlackBerry.

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First, we will of course fulfill all warranty obligations for the PRIV.

The PRIV is designed in such a way that it features security protection from the initial construction of the hardware, and BlackBerry has created a layered system that should protect the PRIV from most, if not all, threats. Unfortunately for those still using them, BlackBerry has announced that they'll be shutting down over the next two years, including the platform's app store.

Recently the company confirmed that the BlackBerry Priv will not be updated to Android Nougat or Oreo.

While we are pleased to announce continuing support for BB10 and BBOS users for at least another two years, current device owners should be aware that we will be closing some ancillary services such as the BlackBerry World app store (12/31/2019), the BlackBerry Travel site (February 2018), and the Playbook video calling service (March 2018).

Pour one out for the Priv, folks!

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