Verizon sends long overdue Marshmallow update to carrier-locked BlackBerry Priv
There’s a new major software update officially rolling out over-the-air to the Android-powered BlackBerry Priv on Verizon, but alas, it’s not the fresh, scrumptious Nougat confection Google’s hardware-making and carrying partners should really start supporting one of these days.
Instead, productivity and security-obsessed subscribers to the nation’s largest wireless service provider can barely leave obsolete Lollipops behind now to finally jump on the Marshmallow bandwagon.
This same Android 6.0.1 goodie pack has been delivered to GSM unlocked variants of the BlackBerry Priv way back in April, with T-Mobile and AT&T relatively quick to join the OS-enhancing festivities in June and July.
It’s hard to understand exactly what took Big Red so much longer to “optimize”, and we don’t even want to think about the operator’s possible Nougat timeline. Commercially released last fall, the AMOLED touchscreen/QWERTY keyboard Snapdragon 808 hybrid device will no doubt qualify for 7.0 system improvements… sooner or later, featuring a plentiful 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, 3,410 mAh battery, 18MP rear camera, and Quad HD display resolution.
BlackBerry’s last in-house-designed phone still costs $408 outright on Verizon, or $425 unlocked through the Canadian OEM’s e-store. October security patches are apparently included in the newest VZW software update, as well as Wi-Fi Calling functionality, Now on Tap cards, runtime permissions, an improved keyboard prediction engine, minor launcher tweaks, advanced camera controls, and DTEK app enhancements.