BlackBerry has announced that it will no longer deliver monthly security updates for the Android-powered Priv handset. The company will no longer roll out monthly updates to the device that was launched over two years ago. It recently said that the Priv will not get the Android Nougat update. However, the company had also mentioned that it will provide necessary patches whenever needed. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31Also Read - BlackBerry Messenger to shut down soon as the world doesn’t really need pins
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BlackBerry’s blog post read – “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,”
In terms of specifications, the smartphone flaunts a 5.4-inch WQHD (2560x1440pixels) AMOLED display. Under the hood is Qualcomm s Snapdragon 808 hexa-core SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. There is also a 32GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot for further expansion up to 2TB.
In terms of photography, the Priv sports an 18-megapixel rear shooter with OIS and PDAF. It can also record 4K videos at 30fps and full HD videos at 60fps. Up front, there is a 2-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling. The phone is armed with a 3,410mAh battery and Quick Charge 2.0 support, connectivity options such as 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS and Wi-Fi Direct are present. On the software front, the BlackBerry Priv ran on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS at launch, but has received the update to Android Marshmallow since.