BlackBerry Priv, the only Android-based smartphone released by the Canadian company has started to receive the latest Marshmallow update in April, but for the unlocked version. Slowly, carriers pushed the update to their subscribers and now it’s T-Mobile’s turn to do the same. However, if you’re planning to buy the BlackBerry Priv from Newegg, you’ll pay only $374.99 on the unlocked version (this is a 42% price discount).
T-Mobile is finally upgrading the BlackBerry Priv to the latest Android 6.0 operating system, which brings new features such as Doze mode – it extends the battery life, by putting the device into a deep sleep state when it has been left alone for quite a while. The BlackBerry Priv already comes with a big battery of 3410 mAh, which claims to offer 24 hours of talktime, but the Doze mode will surely extend its life.
Another new feature is Google Now On Tap, which provides contextual search results based on what the user is reading on the screen. App permissions will allow users to decide which parts of the device an application will access, and if the internal memory is insufficient, thanks to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, users will be able to install applications on their microSD card.
T-Mobile is now rolling out Android 6 Marshmallow with build number AAE153 and BlackBerry Priv owners should receive it over the air in the following days. Before downloading it, users will need to connect to a wireless network and to make sure that the battery is charged up to 50 percent, at least.
BlackBerry Priv was released in November 2015 with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box. It has a slider design with a full QWERTY keyboard that hides under the 5.4-inch screen, it’s powered by a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, which is backed by 3GB of RAM and takes pictures with a rear camera of 18MP or a front camera of 2MP.
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