BlackBerry Priv will not get Android 7.0 Nougat update


The current Blackberry hardware strategy of having TCL create and manufacture Blackberry handset adds an extra layer of complexity to the Android update process.

The BlackBerry Priv was one of BlackBerry's first Android devices - it carried the same design language from the Canadian company, but it was one of their first to try Android, all in 2015.

Alex Thurber commented as to how getting updates for these devices was a complicated process including partnerships with Carriers and chipset makers. Although, the BlackBerry Priv did get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update previous year, company's experienced how hard a task it is to roll out update.

Despite not getting updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, the BlackBerry Priv is a smartphone with good specifications. At the same time, given that the Priv is such a security-focused handset, and there were plenty of improvements to the OS with Nougat, it's going to be hard to recommend the phone, despite the continuation of security updates for the foreseeable future.

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Moreover, while he was also unable to clarify if the DTEK branded smartphones, such as the DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 by TCL, would receive future OS updates, he termed it unlikely, but he however guaranteed that they will continue receiving security updates.

While the BlackBerry KeyOne was confirmed to get Android 8.0 Oreo update, the DTEK series was not so lucky.

Samsung launched the Galaxy A7 2017 smartphone in India earlier this year with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. For extended battery life, Android Nougat comes with "Doze on the go" which will get activated even if your Nougat running device is in your pocket. The smartphone sports a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution. It features a 18MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and OIS. Based on the BlackBerry KEYone, it turned out great, says BlackBerry.