If there is one thing that BlackBerry is known for, apart from creating keyboard phones, is their security. At one point in time the company was used by businesses and governments due to their security features, which was also brought over to consumer devices. Unfortunately for BlackBerry PRIV users, those security features are coming to an end.
If there is one reassuring thing that iPhone users can expect from Apple, it is in the form of software updates for major releases. Take for example the upcoming iOS 11 which will actually support devices as old the iPhone 5s which was released four years ago in 2013. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Android, and the BlackBerry PRIV is the perfect example.
BlackBerry is still trying to find its footing in the smartphone market even though it’s far from the dominant player that it once was. The company has given up on making its own devices and is now actually collaborating with third-party manufacturers on new handsets. The DTEK50 and the DTEK60 are the only two Android-powered handsets to come out of these collaborations and they will soon be released in India.
BlackBerry Priv owners on Verizon can start to get excited about receiving a new major software update. It appears that Big Red might soon release the much-awaited Marshmallow update for the BlackBerry Priv on its network. The carrier itself hasn’t confirmed anything at this point in time but there are signs with suggest that the update might be released in the near future.
It seems that the BlackBerry Priv on AT&T’s network is experiencing some issues. Some users are complaining that they are getting a “no service” error on their phones, and the bad news is that this issue has been ongoing since September. Thankfully not all Priv owners are affected, but clearly this is proving to be rather troublesome and annoying.
If you buy a phone from a carrier, there are some upsides such as being able to get the phone subsidized, or you get the option to pay back the cost of the phone via installment plans. The downside is that you’ll be locked to the carrier, and any updates for the device usually have to go through an approval process.
It has been more than three years since BlackBerry decided that it was no longer feasible to sell its smartphones in South Korea. The company released several handsets during that period but none of them were officially released in the company. That changes today. BlackBerry has now returned to South Korea after three years and this time it’s not hawking a phone that runs its own operating system. It’s selling […]
BlackBerry once used to rule the global mobile market but times have changed. Even some of the organizations that held onto BlackBerry handsets the longest have now started jumping ship. The company’s hardware business has been under constant pressure for the last couple of years and despite rumors of its imminent demise, BlackBerry continues to soldier on. Three years after exiting South Korea’s smartphone market, BlackBerry today confirmed that it’s […]
Earlier this month it was reported that phones sporting a Qualcomm chipset had a security vulnerability called Quadrooter. Qualcomm themselves have since patched it and have released that patch to OEMs so that they can fix their phones, so now the ball is in pretty much every OEM’s court.
AT&T subscribers who own a BlackBerry Priv will be delighted to find out today that the carrier has finally started rolling out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for this handset. The latest iteration of Android has been available for the unlocked version of this handset for a couple of months now while T-Mobile released it for the Priv on its network last month.
Are you in the market for a new Android device? Perhaps you might want to look at what BlackBerry’s offering. The company has announced today that its first Android-powered smartphone is now available for $100 less than its usual retail price, that’s because this is a promotion BlackBerry’s running for Father’s Day because apparently the only people left who would still consider owning a BlackBerry are from the generation of our […]
Things haven’t really been going well for BlackBerry’s smartphone business. A recent report revealed that AT&T is seeing a very high rate of return for the company’s first Android-powered handset, and now it appears that T-Mobile has suspended online sales of the Priv. Both carriers have been selling the handset for some time now but it doesn’t look like their customers have come out in droves to purchase a new […]
It’s no secret that BlackBerry is no longer a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone market. It has bled market share over the past decade so much so that it’s now on the brink of extinction. The company had placed great faith in its first Android-powered handset, the BlackBerry Priv, but even it doesn’t appear to have done much to improve its fortunes. A new report suggests that […]
It looks like the very first smartphone that runs on the Android mobile operating system from BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Priv, is all set to be on the receiving end of yet another Marshmallow beta update. Is this significant? In some ways, yes, taking into consideration that this would be the fourth beta build that has been introduced for said device, and when it comes to the latest Marshmallow beta update, […]
A couple of weeks ago, BlackBerry began to push out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to BlackBerry Priv handsets that were purchased directly from the company. This meant that if you purchased the handset from a carrier, your update will be arriving later, but the good news is that T-Mobile customers did not have to wait too long.
BlackBerry today announced that it has released Marshmallow for the Priv, its first Android-powered handset. The update arrives following a very brief beta program for the Priv Marshmallow update. Do bear in mind that the update is only rolling out today to select Priv models and if yours isn’t on the list you’re going to have to wait for a couple of weeks to get a taste of Marshmallow on […]
BlackBerry handsets don’t really fly off the shelves like they used to in the past even though the company tried to revive sales by launching its first Android-powered smartphone. To try and push the device it recently announced a permanent price cut for the BlackBerry Priv, however, that was only for the unlocked off-contract model. AT&T has followed in its footsteps by also cutting the price of the BlackBerry Priv.
The Priv is BlackBerry’s first Android-powered handset, it came with Android 5.0 Lollipop preinstalled, and now it’s ready to run Marshmallow. A few days back the company opened up a beta testing program for this update for Priv owners and today it’s rolling out the first Priv Marshmallow update beta to testers. The beta test will aid BlackBerry in ironing out any bugs in the software before it releases Marshmallow […]
Interested in getting your hands on the BlackBerry Priv? Earlier this year at CES, BlackBerry announced that the handset would be available for purchase from pretty much all of the major carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. However it looks like that might not be happening anymore, at least as far as Sprint is concerned.
BlackBerry launched its first Android-powered smartphone last year. The most recently fiscal quarter results revealed that sales of the BlackBerry Priv missed expectations. The company isn’t giving up on its hardware business yet and in a bid to increase sales, it announced a permanent BlackBerry Priv price cut today.