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Blackberry finally abandons the Priv

The Blackberry Priv.
The Blackberry Priv.
Blackberry released its first Android device two years ago in 2015. The company has finally announced that it will be withdrawing software support for the device—one that cost $700 at launch and only received one major update to Marshmallow.

Blackberry looks to be on its last legs at the moment, with the company's KEYone being its only mainstream device at the moment. The company launched its first Android smartphone, the Blackberry Priv exactly two years ago, but is finally ready to stop providing support for the device.

The Priv was a unique device, as it brought a sorely-missed feature to the scene—physical keyboards. The phone, powered by the troublesome Snapdragon 808, was launched on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, with the company promising two years of updates. The device received just the one major update to Marshmallow, though, which is quite disappointing for a device that cost US$700 at launch back in 2015.

According to the statement released on Blackberry's official blog by company's Vice President Alex Thurber, the company will stop sending out updates of any kind—rather ironical, considering Blackberry devices are supposed to be security juggernauts. The statement also added that patches would be sent out in the event of any vulnerabilities being exploited.

Meanwhile, going by the same post, users of the Priv, BB10, and BBOS devices will be eligible for an upcoming trade-in program. Details of the program are unknown at the moment.


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Ricci Rox, 2017-12-15 (Update: 2017-12-15)