Thurber didn’t reveal the reason behind BlackBerry’s ignorance towards releasing the new Android version. The news was announced by Alex Thurber, GM of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions during a recent podcast.
Also, Thurber stated that the BlackBerry KEYone smartphone’s global success was proof that the relationship with TCL could work quite well and that the device along with other upcoming devices will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. The handset was launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop back in November 2015 and received an update to the Marshmallow version a year ago.
On a positive note, BlackBerry will continue to deliver security updates for BlackBerry Priv as well the DTEK series.
BlackBerry’s existence in the cell phone market was challenged severely with the launch of Android and iOS devices.
Well, as The Register reports, maybe the BlackBerry Priv isn’t going to be so different after all. The company has confirmed that it won’t be releasing any Android Nougat or Oreo update for its Priv smartphone. It had a slide out physical keyboard and a touch display unlike the KEYone which has the keyboard and screen fused together. However, a company employee recently confirmed that the Priv would not receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update. It features a 18MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and OIS. It was powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 and had 3GB of RAM – identical to the LG G4. The smartphone offers 32 GB internal storage and a 200 GB micro SD card slot.
The handset launched with the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on board but later upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
This unannounced device is expected to arrive as the so-called BlackBerry Krypton.