BlackBerry launched its first Android phone with a promise of speedy updates to maintain security. The company is off to a good start at least. The first OTA for the Priv is rolling out now to unlocked devices, and it'll be available to carrier-branded units beginning on December 7th. It updates the security patches, tweaks performance, and more.
BlackBerry was kind enough to post a quick changelog so owners will know exactly what's new this time.
- An improved camera: We’ve implemented a number of tweaks that improve the speed of our camera app, and re-tuned it for better low-light image quality.
- Better performance: We’ve also tweaked the PRIV’s software to improve overall system performance
- Improved stability: The update further includes a number of adjustments designed to improve device reliability and reduce instances of crashing and freezing.
- Enhanced security: Lastly, the release includes December’s security patches – rest easy knowing your device is protected against the latest Android security threats.
The Priv is still on Android 5.1, but the deployment of the December security patch should fulfill BlackBerry's promise to keep the device secure. Even though the version isn't changing, this is a sizeable update at about 463MB. In addition, several Priv apps will be updated via the Play Store beginning December 14th. They include the following.
- Camera: Now supports 16:9 photos
- Keyboard: Increased language support and emojis added to predictive typing
- Hub & Contacts: Now includes WhatsApp
- DTEK by BlackBerry: More notification options to alert you when apps use your info
You should be able to get the OTA in the system update menu on unlocked phones right now. We had to wait a few minutes for it to show up on our test unit, but it's technically available.