Blackberry says no more Android update for PRIV, introduces trade-up program

Blackberry says no more Android update for PRIV, introduces trade-up program

NEW DELHI: Just before the end of the year, BlackBerry has made an announcement on OS update support for one of its first Android smartphones, BlackBerry Priv. The Canadian company says that it will be shuttering the support for the particular smartphone going forward. This announcement comes as the device steps outside BlackBerry’s two-year update policy.

“Having now stepped outside the original 2-year window, we will no longer be delivering monthly updates for the PRIV moving forward,” said Alex Thruber, senior vice-president and general manager of the Mobility Solutions Division at BlackBerry.

But this is not a full stop for Priv users. Thruber says that BlackBerry will continue to fulfil warranty obligations for the Android smartphone. “Should a critical vulnerability be exposed we will engage our partners as needed to develop and deliver necessary patches,” he said in the blog post.

In addition to this, Blackberry unveiled a new trade-up program for BlackBerry Priv users and for those who still have BB10 and BBOS smartphones.

In a separate blog post it was mentioned that the company is rewarding BBOS and BB10 users for their loyalty in the form of two full years of support at least. As for the trade-up program, the company will give them the option to upgrade to BlackBerry KeyOne or Motion at discounted rates.

The current BBOS and BB10 users will be missing out on some ‘ancillary services’ including the BlackBerry World app store (12/31/2019), the BlackBerry Travel site (February 2018), and the Playbook video calling service (March 2018). However, if they upgrade to Motion or KeyOne, they ‘won’t miss a beat’. They will also be having access to millions of apps from the Google Play Store.

For those unaware, BlackBerry Motion is the newest smartphone coming from the company this year. It was launched in October in Middle East at a price equivalent to Rs 30,000. The device has been made by TCL.
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