BlackBerry Priv Reaches EOL Status

Two years after BlackBerry announced their first Android handset, the company has announced they will no longer be providing monthly updates for the Priv. Despite getting the axe, folks with Warranty left can expect the company to meet up to their agreements. They also mentioned being able to patch any major flaws going forward, and a new trade-up program setting up in the coming months:

When we introduced our first Android device more than 24 months ago, we committed to delivering 2 years of monthly software updates for the PRIV.  True to our word, we fulfilled this commitment though in truth, the PRIV’s built-in security posture had little need for many of the updates we delivered in conjunction with partners such as Google and Qualcomm.

Having now stepped outside the original 2-year window, we will no longer be delivering monthly updates for the PRIV moving forward. That said, we continue to support our loyal users as follows:

First, we will of course fulfill all warranty obligations for the PRIV.

Second, as outlined above we believe our phones are inherently more secure because of the way they’ve been designed with security features from the inside out.

Third, should a critical vulnerability be exposed we will engage our partners as needed to develop and deliver necessary patches.

Fourth, we are thrilled to announce that with our partners at BlackBerry Mobile we will soon be introducing a trade-up program for current BlackBerry customers who are still using the PRIV as well as those holding onto BB10 and BBOS devices. Stay tuned for details and get ready to upgrade to a BlackBerry KeyOne or Motion, the most secure Android smartphones on the planet.

S: Inside BlackBerry

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