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BlackBerry Priv software update fixes camera, performance, security and more

by Todd Haselton | December 1, 2015December 1, 2015 7:46 am PDT

BlackBerry is now rolling  out the first major update for the BlackBerry Priv, its first Android smartphone. The update, which measures 475MB in size, addresses a lot of complaints that were first noticed by reviewers.

Here’s a look at the changes you should expect:

  • An improved camera: We’ve implemented a number of tweaks that improve the speed of our camera app, and re-tuned it for better low-light image quality.
  • Better performance: We’ve also tweaked the PRIV’s software to improve overall system performance
  • Improved stability: The update further includes a number of adjustments designed to improve device reliability and reduce instances of crashing and freezing.
  • Enhanced security: Lastly, the release includes December’s security patches – rest easy knowing your device is protected against the latest Android security threats.

Additionally, BlackBerry says it plans to update its standalone Android applications on December 15. That means users will find updates for Hub, Contacts, DTEK, the keyboard and the camera, all available through the Google Play Store. The Hub/Contacts updates will integrate with WhatsApp, DTEK will offer new notification options for when applications try to tap into your personal information, the camera will offer new features, and the keyboard will have additional emojis and new language support.

To apply today’s update, head to Settings > About > System Updates and check for the patch. Units bought through carriers can expect the update on December 7.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...