BlackBerry offers Priv Marshmallow ETA as company talks losses on latest earnings call
The BlackBerry Priv’s been out for around five months by this point, but the Android-running QWERTY smartphone is still managing to keep itself in the headlines, thanks to developments like the long-coming arrival of Verizon support. Yesterday we found ourselves talking about the Priv once again as a video surfaced that sure seemed to show the handset running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow; everything looked good, but when could we hope to actually lay our hands on the update? Today we finally start narrowing down an ETA, as new information arrives courtesy of BlackBerry itself – while the company also shares some less-than-great news on its latest earnings call.
Last we heard, BlackBerry was committed to Marshmallow for the Priv, but wasn’t talking availability any more specifically than releasing the update at some point in 2016. Now the company has managed to narrow that window down to May, putting us just a few weeks away from the update’s arrival.
As for that financial report, for the quarter ending February 29 BlackBerry showed revenue of $464 million, but a write down of deferred revenue meant that the company ultimately saw a $238 million loss. Even ignoring that hit, the company still would have lost some $18 million.
Despite that seemingly disappointing outcome, BlackBerry calls its corporate performance “solid” and points to growth in software and licensing revenue as reasons to celebrate. Looking forward, the company says that “our strategy is on track and our growth engines are in place.” Keep your chin up, Blackberry.