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BlackBerry Priv gets its first software update

BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone gets software update
BlackBerry Priv
This new firmware brings the usual performance tweaks and security patches, as well as camera improvements.

BlackBerry unleashed the first firmware update for the Priv smartphone yesterday for handsets purchased via ShopBlackBerry while the carrier-purchased versions will get it starting on December 7. Since the company has promised to release monthly security updates and "to bring BlackBerry’s legendary security expertise to Android," this maintenance software release does not come as a surprise.

According to the official blog post about the 475 MB update, these are its highlights:

  • camera with improved speed and better low-light image quality, as well as 16:9 support
  • better language support and emojis for predictive typing
  • WhatsApp in Hub&Contacts
  • overall performance improvements
  • improved stability
  • DTEK by BlackBerry for more notification options
  • enhanced security, including December security patches for Android

The updates to Android apps like WhatsApp will be available starting mid-December via the Google Play Store. The system update rolls out via OTA already, but those who did not get the notification yet can always force the manual check from Settings>About>System Updates.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-12- 2 (Update: 2015-12- 2)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.