BlackBerry starts rolling out Android Marshmallow to Priv devices

The wait is over as BlackBerry today announced that its only Android device BlackBerry Priv is finally getting the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Blackberry Priv file size is 1,111.4MB, so make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi or have a good network before you proceed to download.

BlackBerry also made it clear that if you purchase a Priv from ShopBlackBerry.com now, the device will ship with Marshmallow. The Canadian company further notes that all major carriers offering the Priv will also include Marshmallow starting on May 3 (if you bought your Priv from a carrier, you might have to wait until then for the update notification to pop up).

In addition to what Android Marshmallow offers (including Doze and app standby) and the May 2016 security update, BlackBerry bags all the following features into the Priv update:

Customized Personal Data Permissions
DTEK now gives you the power to control what to share and when. You can turn permissions off at any time and still continue to use the app, and you’ll only see notification controls for sensors that an app has specifically requested access to.

S/MIME Support
S/MIME feature in BlackBerry Hub lets you digitally sign and encrypt your emails.

More Emoji and New Keyboard Gesture
BlackBerry keyboard now has over 200 new and updated Emoji and a new gesture with swipe capability (drag your finger across the keys to enter words on the virtual and/or physical keyboard), Great cursor control, and improve word prediction based on where you place your fingers on keys and the numbers you type.

Mute Indicator
The phone’s mute status is visible at a glance via the floating phone indicator (yellow when your call is muted and green when it isn’t).

New Apps in BlackBerry Hub (right)
View notifications from even more of your favorite social media apps in BlackBerry Hub — including Instagram, Skype, Slack, and Pinterest.

Updated BlackBerry Launcher
The new updated BlackBerry Launcher better organizes apps and widgets into Recent, Personal, and Work sections. You can also set a default home screen, delete a home screen, and remove apps with a flick.

Media Card Encryption Support
You can now encrypt your media cards. If your Priv is lost or stolen, any files stored on expandable storage should be secure.

Slow Motion Video
Record videos at 24fps in 4k, 1080p, or 720p. You can also now capture smooth slow-motion video at 120 fps and play it back smoothly at 30 fps. The slow-motion effect can be applied after taking the video, including to specific sections of the video.

Source: BlackBerry Blog

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