This BlackBerry smartphone won’t get Android Nougat update

NEW DELHI: BlackBerry’s Priv smartphone, which was launched couple of years ago, won’t be getting the Android 7.0 Nougat OS update. The news comes directly from Alex Thurber, general manager of BlackBerryMobility Solutions in a podcast conversation with UTB Blogs website.

Thurber, confirming the BlackBerry Priv won’t get Android Nougat OS, said that, “We do not have any plans today to bring [the BlackBerry Priv] to Nougat.” He further said that, “It’s a phone that we originally brought out almost two years ago, and in the world of mobile telephones, trying to get all of the different partners who have to be involved […] to agree to transition that to [Nougat] just would not be possible.”

Although Thurber went on to say that the Priv users will get Android security updates for some more time, it definitely comes as a disappointment for several users. The smartphone was launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.

As for the recently launched BlackBerry KEYone, Thurber added that it will be receiving Android 8.0 Oreo.

Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry launched its much awaited Android smartphone BlackBerry Priv in India in January last year. The smartphone comes with 5.4-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display with Corning Gorillas Glass 4 protection. Powering the handset is a 1.8GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It’s on board storage stands at 32GB which can be expanded up to 200GB using a microSD card.

It has an 18MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front camera for selfies. The connectivity attributes of the smartphone include 4G, LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and houses a 3410 mAH battery.

According to latest reports, BlackBerry is planning to launch its full touch screen Android smartphone by next month. The news was confirmed by TCL’s Francois Mahieu to Engadget. For those unaware, TCL Communications got exclusive licence to manufacture and sell BlackBerry branded smartphones last year.

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BLACKBERRY PRIV SPECIFICATIONS

SUMMARY
performance Hexa Core
display 5.4″ (13.72 cm)
storage 32 GB
camera 18 MP
battery 3410 mAh
ram 3 GB
SPECIAL FEATURES
other sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
fingerprint sensor No
GENERAL
quick charging No
operating system Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
sim slots Single SIM, GSM
model Priv
launch date January 30, 2016 (Official)
brand Blackberry
sim size SIM1: Nano
network 4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available
fingerprint sensor No
MULTIMEDIA
loudspeaker Yes
fm radio No
audio jack 3.5 mm
PERFORMANCE
chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992
graphics Adreno 418
processor Hexa Core (1.8 GHz, Dual core, ARM Cortex A57 + 1.44 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
architecture 64 bit
ram 3 GB
DESIGN
thickness 9.4 mm
width 77.2 mm
weight 192 grams
height 147 mm
colours Black
DISPLAY
display type AMOLED
screen to body ratio 70.67 %
pixel density 544 ppi
screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass v4
screen size 5.4 inches (13.72 cm)
screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
touch screen Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
STORAGE
internal memory 32 GB
expandable memory Yes Up to 2 TB
CAMERA
settings Exposure compensation, ISO control
aperture F2.2
camera features Fixed Focus, Wide Angle Selfie
image resolution 4896 x 3672 Pixels
sensor Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
autofocus No
shooting modes Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst mode
resolution 2 MP Front Camera
optical image stabilisation Yes
flash No
video recording 1280×720 @ 30 fps
BATTERY
user replaceable No
type Li-Polymer
capacity 3410 mAh
NETWORK CONNECTIVITY
wifi Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
wifi features Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
bluetooth Yes v4.1
volte Yes
usb connectivity microUSB 2.0
sar value Head: 1.154 W/kg, Body: 0.934 W/kg
nfc Yes
network support 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
gps Yes with A-GPS
sim 1 4G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 17) / 800(band 20) / 700(band 29) / 2300(band 30)3G Bands: UMTS 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
sim size SIM1: Nano

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