Early this month, BlackBerry extended invitations to eligible users to register to test Marshmallow builds for the BlackBerry Priv. It looks like all went well since the company has started seeding the update to some users. Users who bought their Privs via ShopBlackBerry.com are receiving an over the air (OTA) update to Android 6.0. Other users should expect the update to hit their devices anytime soon. Those who purchased their Priv units through carriers can expect to get the update as early as next week (May 3rd).
BlackBerry is quoted saying that several security, performance and camera improvements are part of the update. The camera improvements include the ability to record slow-motion video among others like 24fps and 120fps video capture support. The BlackBerry keyboard has also been updated to include predictive texts as well as new emojis. BlackBerry Hub, one of BlackBerry’s notable additions to the Android build running on the Priv, has also been updated to include new social media apps like Instagram and Slack.
In addition, users also get to experience the latest features that Google introduced to Android with Android 6.0 like Google Now on Tap, Doze mode, app permissions and more. The latest (for the month of May) Android security updates are also bundled in the upgraded software BlackBerry is rolling out. This makes the Priv the first Android device in the world to receive the May security update from Google. Yes, even before the Nexus devices get it. Way to go BlackBerry!