Verizon pushes out an update for the BlackBerry PRIV

The BlackBerry Priv was released in November 2015 and was the first BlackBerry handset to be powered by Android. With a vertical slide-out QWERTY keyboard,  BlackBerry was trying to appeal to Android users who had never touched a ‘Berry before, and its own long time customer base. BlackBerry also promoted the privacy features of its version of Android, hence the name of the device; Priv is short for privacy.
The device will turn three years old later this year, and it has been stuck on Android 6.0 Marshmallow after launching with Android 5.1 Lollipop pre-installed. …


BlackBerry Priv receives unexpected update

The first Android driven BlackBerry, the Priv, launched on November 6th, 2015. Last December, BlackBerry announced that the phone with the vertical QWERTY slider would no longer receive Android security patches. But that isn’t preventing the company from pushing out an update to the Priv that includes a new firmware version (AAW068). The changelist is unknown, and after the update the security patch level remains the same.

It should be pointed out that even though there are no more monthly security updates coming to the Priv, BlackBerry did say that “should a critical vulnerability be exposed, …

End of the road for the BlackBerry Priv: No more security updates for the handset

The BlackBerry Priv will no longer receive monthly security updates as 24 months have passed since the device arrived on the shelves. In a lengthy blog post, BlackBerry’s Alex Thurber  explains that the company has successfully kept the device secure and up-to-date for the standard amount of time, but regular security patches will no longer be rolled out for the handset.

When we introduced our first Android device more than 24 months ago, we committed to delivering 2 years of monthly software updates for the PRIV. True to our word, we fulfilled this commitment …

Official: BlackBerry Priv will not be updated to Android Nougat


In just a few months, BlackBerry fans will “celebrate” two years since the launch of the Priv, a controversial device that you can either hate or love. Although the smartphone was launched with Android Lollipop on board, the Canadian company offered owners the option to upgrade to Android Marshmallow.

Unfortunately, that will be the last major Android OS update BlackBerry Priv will get, even though the smartphone will continue to receive various security patches in the future.

BlackBerry’s General Manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions, Alex Thurber confirmed the information during …

Update for Verizon branded BlackBerry Priv adds the latest Android security patch to the phone

Verizon subscribers who own the BlackBerry Priv are currently receiving an update with the software build of AAN368. The update fixes unnamed issues that have been affecting the device, optimizes the phone’s performance, and adds the latest Android security patch to the handset. The Priv was the first BlackBerry phone to run on Android, and features a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard.

The Priv, which was released in November 2015, is no longer the latest ‘Berry to come with a physical QWERTY keyboard. That honor goes to the BlackBerry KEYone which has been well received by the smartphone …

BlackBerry Priv down to $224.99 on eBay

It seems like it was just yesterday when rumors leaked the BlackBerry Priv name for the company’s first Android powered phone. Short for privacy, the phone featured a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard that does not rank up there with BlackBerry’s best. The recent launch of the far superior BlackBerry KEYone, along with the aging specs of the Priv, have combined to lower the price of the latter to $224.99 on eBay.

Keep in mind that this is the STV100-2 model, which means that it is the unlocked GSM version of the phone. That means that it will work with T-Mobile and AT&T in the U.S., but …

Deal: BlackBerry Priv on sale for just $224.99 (20% off) on eBay

BlackBerry stopped selling some of its smartphones in the United States, including the Priv and Passport. However, these devices are still available for purchase at various retailers across the country, it’s just that BlackBerry won’t be selling them any longer through its official channels.

Currently, customers can pick up the unlocked BlackBerry Priv for as low as $280 outright. Well, it appears that there’s a much better deal available on eBay if you still want to buy one of BlackBerry’s controversial smartphones.

The unlocked 32GB BlackBerry Priv can …

BlackBerry Priv, Passport, Classic and other models no longer available from BlackBerry in the U.S.


It was back in September of 2015 that many of us heard the phone name BlackBerry Priv for the first time. Prior to a tweet from reliable tipster Evan Blass, BlackBerry’s Android powered QWERTY slider was known by its code name, the Venice. Shortly thereafter, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed the Priv name (it’s short for Privacy of course), and the Android era was officially kicked off in Waterloo.

It’s clear that the Priv, as hard as it tried, could not deliver the usual BlackBerry physical keyboard experience to BlackBerry users. Because of the slider, the Priv was unable to use …

Verizon's BlackBerry Priv just $259.99 on eBay


The Verizon branded version of the BlackBerry Priv is now available on eBay for the low price of just $259.99. While the seller has rung up 17 units, there is still a limited quality available. Even though the listed model (STV100-2) is for customers of the nation’s largest carrier, it does offer some GSM capabilities. The handset comes with a vertically sliding QWERTY keyboard. Thanks to the sliding mechanism, the QWERTY keyboard on the Priv is not like the one on other ‘Berry models like the BlackBerry Bold 9930, the BlackBerry Passport and the upcoming BlackBerry KEYone. Still, it will get …

BlackBerry DTEK50 joins the BlackBerry Priv on sale for the spring

The other day, we told you that BlackBerry was offering the Android powered Priv on sale for $349 in the U.S. That is a 30% discount from the previous price. Now joining the BlackBerry Priv on the list of discounted BlackBerry handsets is the BlackBerry DTEK50. The all-touch Berry is now priced at $249, a $50 savings from the usual $299 price for the model. On a percentage basis, that works out to a 16.7% discount.

The DTEK50  features a 5.2-inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. The Snapdragon 617 chipset is under the hood with an octa-core 1.5GHz CPU, and the Adreno …