This piece of news might disappoint BlackBery Priv users. The company has reportedly confirmed that it won’t be pushing an Android 8.0 Oreo update for the smartphone. The list of a smartphone not getting the latest Android OS also includes the BlackBerry DTEK 59 and DTEK 60. That aside, the Priv is not in line to get Android 7.0 Nougat update either. Also Read - Blackberry 5G smartphone 2021 comeback confirmed again, to bring physical keyboardsAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy S7 update rolling out with January 2020 security patch
According to SlashGear, BlackBerry Mobile Solutions General Manager Alex Thurber confirmed the news during his interview with UTB Blogs. He said the three smartphones will have to be limited to its current firmware as it is difficult for the company to ‘get its partners in line to push that big an update’. It is quite unfortunate that BlackBerry Priv, despite not being a very old device will not get any more Android updates. On the bright side, the company promises to continue offering its regular security updates on the smartphone.
BlackBerry shipped the Priv with Android Lollipop 5.1 out-of-the-box, and the company released Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the smartphone last year. Launched in 2015, the smartphone was BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone made in-house with a slider QWERTY keyboard. The smartphone was not able to make a notable impact, and was rather quick to fade away. Soon after, TCL acquired global rights to BlackBerry, and the duo introduced the BlackBerry DTEK series smartphones DTEK 50 and DTEK 60. The two smartphones shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the box. Thurber didn’t confirm if the DTEK smartphone will get Android 7.0 Nougat update or not. The company might out an official word in coming weeks. ALSO READ: Next BlackBerry smartphone to ditch keypad; to launch in October
Last month, BlackBerry announced that the BlackBerry KEYOne smartphone will certainly be getting the Android 8.0 Oreo update. So, that is some relief for fans who await the Android 8.0 Oreo experience on their BlackBerry smartphone. BlackBerry KEYOne is company’s last smartphone made in-house, and was announced at MWC 2017. All the upcoming BlackBerry smartphones are said to ship with Android Nougat or Android Oreo. Blackberry KEYOne is currently available in India at a price of Rs 39,990.