BlackBerry Priv will not get Android 7.0 Nougat update


The reasons for this ignore in relation to Priv BlackBerry developers are not reported, and it looks doubly odd in light of the fact that the model BlackBerry KeyOne in the very near future will upgrade to Oreo.

To recall, BlackBerry Priv was launched in India in 2015 and in 2016 it got Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. While Thurber didn't confirm that a Nougat update definitely wouldn't arrive on the duo of smartphones, he mentioned that the DTEK devices were TCL reference designs to test the reality of whether the licensing model made sense.

As for the DTEK smartphones, the company has a different reason.

The phone debuted with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop in November 2015, and was upgraded to Marshmallow the following April, but that is where it will stay. He was asked numerous questions about current and upcoming BlackBerry devices, and the biggest revelation came in the way of an update on the status of the Priv smartphone.

"We do not have any plans today to bring [the BlackBerry Priv] to Nougat", says Alex Thurber, the general manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions, during a recent podcast with BlackBerry fan site UTB Blogs.

I'm concerned that there are still so many Android devices out there, and still being actively sold in some cases, which are running out-of-date versions of the Android operating system with no easy path for patching. BlackBerry does continue to support Priv, DTEK50, and DTEK60 (and of course KEYone) with security updates but even these Thurber explained require a complex matrix of partners working together, including the licensees, carriers, Qualcomm and of course BlackBerry. The BlackBerry Priv packs a 5.4 inch dual curved display. It has an 18MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front camera for selfies.

Backed by a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, the BlackBerry Priv sports 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.