BlackBerry Priv gets Android Marshmallow update: Here are the new features

BlackBerry Priv is now getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The Priv is BlackBerry's first Android smartphone.

By: Tech Desk | Published:April 27, 2016 1:13 pm
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BlackBerry Priv is now getting Android 6.0 aka Marshmallow update. The Priv is BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone. Existing users will be able to upgrade by downloading the software update on their device.

“Priv by BlackBerry is the most secure Android device in the market and we continue to find ways to further enhance users’ security and privacy by adding new features with the Marshmallow operating system update,” ‎said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry in a press statement.

New features in the BlackBerry Android M update are:

DTEK (special app on Priv) has been updated to include “customized Personal Data Permission.” Users can turn permissions off at any time for an app and still continue to use it.

Improved notifications settings where users will be shown notification controls for sensors when an app requests access to them.

S/MIME feature in BlackBerry Hub allows users to digitally sign and encrypt their emails.

BlackBerry keyboard is also updated with better predictive typing, more emojis, gesture typing, and better “Cursor Control”. User can activate the cursor control mode on the physical keyboard as well.

Android M also brings customised notifications to better organise apps, and includes a mute indicator option during active calls.

Watch our video review of the BlackBerry Priv 

BlackBerry launcher has also been updated to organise apps and widgets into Recent, Personal, and Work sections. In addition to this, there are new apps in the BlackBerry Hub and now notifications from Instagram, Skype, Slack and Pinterest will also get reflected in the same.

Priv also supports the Doze for battery life in Android. Users can also record videos at 24fps in 4k, and new Slow-Motion Video at 120 fps. However audio is not supported for the mode.

Also read: BlackBerry Priv #ExpressReview: A lot to love here, except the price

Also see: BlackBerry Priv review – Part 1: What I love about this phone

And more: BlackBerry Priv review – Part 2: What I don’t love about this new phone

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