Blackberry Priv and DTEK Series May Not Receive Android Oreo Update

BlackBerry KEYone Smartphone

Blackberry Priv owners are pleased with the phone they purchase but they are not happy with the after-sales support offered by Blackberry.

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.

On a positive note, BlackBerry will continue to deliver security updates for BlackBerry Priv as well the DTEK series. While the Priv did get updated from Lollipop (5.0) to Marshmallow (6.0) a year ago, BlackBerry's experience back then proved to them how hard a task that would be. For the most part, it was a great first step into the market but since then the company has chose to step away from making smartphones and has started licensing their brand to other smartphone makers. He was asked numerous questions about current and upcoming BlackBerry devices, and the biggest revelation came in the way of an update on the status of the Priv smartphone.

I'm concerned that there are still so many Android devices out there, and still being actively sold in some cases, which are running out-of-date versions of the Android operating system with no easy path for patching. As well as affirming BlackBerry's commitment to providing security updates for its Android smartphone lineup, Thurber also confirmed that the BlackBerry KeyOne will be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, as will an as-yet-unannounced device out of TCL. The smartphone sports a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution. The news was confirmed by TCL's Francois Mahieu to Engadget. It has an 18MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front camera for selfies. Another thing he mentioned was that the BlackBerry KeyONE would indeed be getting a bump up to Oreo.

Backed by a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, the BlackBerry Priv sports 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

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