The BlackBerry Priv goes on sale in the US this week, it is BlackBerry’s first smartphone to come with Google’s Android OS.
Google announced a while back that it would release monthly security updates for Android, a number of smartphone makers have agreed to release the update and now BlackBerry has said that their new Priv smartphone will get monthly Android security updates.
Each month Google releases to BlackBerry and other Android OEMs a security bulletin containing a list of recently discovered Android vulnerabilities. Approximately one month later, Google exposes these in the public domain, so it is critical that BlackBerry release software in advance of public disclosure. BlackBerry will release these monthly updates to users that have purchased PRIV through shopblackberry.com and to PRIV resellers (carriers and other authorized dealers) that have agreed to participate in our regular monthly update program and facilitate rapid approval of our monthly updates for over-the-air (OTA) to subscribers.
BlackBerry has also said that they will also release hotfix updates on a regular basis to fix any security issues in Android that cannot wait for the monthly update.
BlackBerry is focusing as privacy and security as being the main selling points for its new BlackBerry Priv smartphone, so it makes sense for the company to agree to Google’s monthly Android security updates.
We are looking forward to seeing what the new Priv is like, this is the company’s first Android device and if it is successful we could see many more Android smartphones from BlackBerry.
Source Inside BlackBerry