Blackberry has today confirmed that its first Android smartphone – Blackberry Priv will not get any more monthly security updates from the company moving forward through its official blog post.
Alongside, the company has also announced that it will continue to fulfill all warranty obligations for the Blackberry Priv. In case of a critical security vulnerability, Priv users can expect a fix for the problem from the company.
“When we introduced our first Android device more than 24 months ago, we committed to delivering 2 years of monthly software updates for the Priv. Having now stepped outside the original 2-year window, we will no longer be delivering monthly updates for the Priv moving forward,” BlackBerry said in a blog post.
Blackberry has also announced that they will soon start a trade-up program for BlackBerry Priv users as well as the BB10 and BBOS devices holders. This program will allow them to upgrade their devices to a BlackBerry KeyOne or Motion by availing users discounts and incentives.
Recently the company confirmed that the BlackBerry Priv will not be updated to Android Nougat or Oreo.
To recall, BlackBerry Priv was launched in India in 2015 and in 2016 it got Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. It comes with a 5.4-inch display with Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) resolution. The AMOLED screen is slightly curved in the edges. The smartphone has a slider QWERTY keypad as well. The BlackBerry Priv comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system and is run by the Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor with the help of 3 GB RAM. The smartphone offers 32 GB internal storage and a 200 GB micro SD card slot.
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The handset is armed with an 18-megapixel rear camera that comes with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash light. It has a 2-megapixel front camera. The smartphone offers single SIM, 4G, WiFi (a/b/g/n), WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 A2DP LE, GPS with AGPS and a micro USB 2.0 port. The Priv has a 3410 mAh battery and comes in black colour only.