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.