BlackBerry Priv will not get Android 7.0 Nougat update

BlackBerry Priv will not get Android 7.0 Nougat update

Announced in September 2015, the Blackberry Priv came with Marshmallow and it shall remain on there forever according to BlackBerry's GM of Mobility Solutions, Alex Thurber. It is good because receiving security updates will ensure your BlackBerry device remains ahead of any potential threats.

BlackBerry is known for pushing out updates quickly to its devices but there are limits to what it can accomplish. The podcast ran just over an hour, and the crew asked numerous questions we've seen crop up regularly here in our forums.

BlackBerry KEYone Smartphone
BlackBerry KEYone Smartphone

While the previous BlackBerry phones have less chances of getting Nougat update, Thurber has said that the upcoming BlackBerry KEYone would get Android 8.0 Oreo update. He cited Priv already being updated from Lolipop to Marshmallow in 2016 and that the amount of work required to get all the partners together behind such an update was next to impossible.

Further, Thurber did not clarify whether other DTEK smartphones including DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 will receive future OS updates or not. 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. In the times when phones with physical keyboards are rare to find, BlackBerry Priv features a slider physical QWERTY keyboard rendering a corporate look to the device. And even though Nougat launched a year ago and Oreo has already arrived, BlackBerry points the finger at Qualcomm for making the jump to Nougat so hard. There's a 18MP rear camera with f/2.2, OIS, and PDA and 2MP front camera. It's on board storage stands at 32GB which can be expanded up to 200GB using a microSD card. The phone is backed by 3410mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 support. Another thing he mentioned was that the BlackBerry KeyONE would indeed be getting a bump up to Oreo.

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