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BlackBerry Priv is finally getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow

The Priv, BlackBerry s first real stab at an Android-based phone, is now being updated1 to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The update is a little overdue in fact, the Priv launched a month after Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released. It s now six months later, and we re finally getting a taste of Marshmallow on our BlackBerry.

Related: BlackBerry CEO addresses story that Canadian police have its global encryption key2

Unfortunately, the Priv is one of not-too-many devices running Marshmallow. As of April 4, only 4.6 percent of Android devices3 were running Marshmallow, highlighting how fragmented the Android ecosystem really is. Six months is quite a long time to push out an update, especially considering the fact that the Priv is BlackBerry s only Android phone. HTC and Samsung flagships got an update for Marshmallow back in January or February, and some of LG s phones got the update as far back as October.

Of course, that doesn t mean BlackBerry hasn t been doing anything the company has been doing great on Google s security update program, which involves updating devices on a monthly basis to patch any security issues that might exist in the software. This is despite the fact that the Priv is running an older version of Android. Marshmallow brings a number of great features to the Priv, including user-controllable permissions, something that was ironically not present in the original Priv considering the fact that Priv stands for privacy. The update itself is rolling out starting now, however, keep in mind that the update will first target unlocked phones.

T-Mobile has been offering the security updates in a timely manner, while AT&T has largely been blocking them.

Carrier versions of the Priv will get the update starting May 3, but if you bought the device through AT&T, you may have to wait a while.

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References

  1. ^ being updated (blogs.blackberry.com)
  2. ^ BlackBerry CEO addresses story that Canadian police have its global encryption key (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ only 4.6 percent of Android devices (developer.android.com)

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