BlackBerry Priv will not receive Android 8.0 Oreo update


The device was launched two years ago in October 2015 and was updated from Android 5.0 Lollipop to Android 6.0 Marshmallow just last year.

Priv owners will obviously be disappointed with this news, but it's not surprising; it likely doesn't have the install base needed to really incentivize such a huge engineering effort, and BlackBerry has since moved on from its hardware ambitions.

Alex Thurber commented as to how getting updates for these devices was a complicated process including partnerships with Carriers and chipset makers.

According to a report from CrackBerry, the Blackberry Priv received the Marshmallow update in 2016 and that it is almost impossible to bring all the partners together for this update. While it is not confirmed whether DTEK devices i.e. the DTEK 60 and DTEK 50 will get an Android version update. This means that the Priv users are now stuck on the Android Marshmallow and will never receive any Android update. At the same time, given that the Priv is such a security-focused handset, and there were plenty of improvements to the OS with Nougat, it's going to be hard to recommend the phone, despite the continuation of security updates for the foreseeable future. One of the biggest takeaways from the podcast was that Thurber was able to confirm that Priv will not receive an update to Android 7 Nougat.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the first device from the electronics company to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat. 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. It features a 18MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and OIS. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. Reportedly, the new BlackBerry phone will come with full touchscreen, water and dust resistance.