The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the BlackBerry Priv is finally here for folks who bought the phone via the brand’s store, with other carriers set to recieve it on May 3. The promotion ushers in a number of changes to the phone, mostly focusing on privacy, camera, battery and keyboard improvements.
Kicking things off with privacy, the Marshmallow-strengthened BlackBerry Priv is set to offer customized personal data permissions which grant users the power to decide what to share with an app and when. Clearer notification settings ensure that only requests for sensors which an application has asked for will be displayed.
Security hounds out there will be pleased to know that BlackBerry has also added support for S/MIME to BlackBerry Hub so they can digitally sign and encrypt their emails. Even media cards can now be encrypted, a welcome addition which guarantees that thieves won’t be able to view or copy data in case the handset gets lost or stolen.
One of the Priv’s top highlights is its physical and virtual keyboard. It’s now been updated with over 200 new emoji, swipe gestures for faster typing and enhanced cursor control. The handset has further been blessed with better word prediction based on where the consumers places their fingers and can supply better name suggestions based on contacts.
Here’s a neat summary of the top specifications of the BlackBerry Priv:
– Display: 5.4-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixels
– OS: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradable to Marshmallow
– Processor: hexa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 808
– GPU: Adreno 418
– Storage: 32GB, expandable till 2TB
– RAM: 3GB
– Battery: 3410mAh
– Camera: 18MP rear, 2MP front
– Weight: 192g
– Dimensions: 147 x 77.2 x 9.4mm
– Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fiac, NFC, microUSB 2.0, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth
Once again, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the BlackBerry Priv will begin rolling out on May 3 to all carriers OTA. The phone recently got a price cut and is now available at $649.