Apart from creating awesome smartphones back in the day, Blackberry has also been known for security. At one point in time the company was used by businesses and governments due to their security features brought over to consumer devices. Sadly, for BlackBerry PRIV users, no more security updates will be received.
In an update on BlackBerry’s website, the company has announced that it will be stopping the monthly security updates that have been released to the phone. Actually, BlackBerry did promise in the past that they would deliver 2 years worth of monthly security updates, it’s been 2 years now, and they have fulfilled their end of the deal, lots of users would have preferred if they continue to release security updates.
To clear all doubts, Blackberry still intends to support it’s smartphones, including the PRIV. According to the company, if any critical vulnerabilities comes up, they will be properly addressed. Additionally, they intend to fulfill all warranty obligations, and also introduce a trade-up program, where users of the PRIV can upgrade themselves to the KeyOne or Motion.
The unique thing about Blackberry devices is that, the company tweaked the Android OS installed on their smartphones so as to ensure that certain features in the OS would be secured against attacks, so even without monthly updates, they believe that they have laid the foundation for a secure device, this ius comforting right?
BlackBerry Limited is a Canadian multinational company specializing in enterprise software and the Internet of things. Originally known as Research In Motion (RIM), it is best known to the general public as the former developer of the BlackBerry brand of smartphones, and tablets, it transitioned to an enterprise software and services company under CEO John S. Chen.
The BlackBerry Priv is a slider smartphone developed by BlackBerry Limited. Following a series of leaks, it was officially announced by BlackBerry CEO John Chen on September 25, 2015, with pre-orders opening on October 23, 2015 for a release on November 6, 2015. The Priv is the first BlackBerry-branded smartphone that does not run the company’s proprietary BlackBerry OS or BlackBerry 10(BB10) platforms. It instead uses Android, customized with features inspired by those on BlackBerry phones, and security enhancements.