First BlackBerry Priv update brings improvements to camera, performance, and more

The BlackBerry Priv finally launched last month, bringing an end to a seemingly endless stream of rumors and speculation. And if you picked up BlackBerry’s first Android phone, you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s now getting its first software update.

BlackBerry says that its now pushing its inaugural update to the Priv that includes improvements to the camera, performance, stability, and security. The update weighs in at 475MB and can be grabbed by going into Settings > About > System Updates on your Priv. Note that the update is currently only rolling out to units purchased from ShopBlackBerry. Carrier-branded models will get the update starting on December 7.

Here’s BlackBerry’s official changelog for the update:

  • 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.

BlackBerry also says that it’ll update some of its custom Android apps starting December 14. Here’s what those updates will entail:

  • Camera: Now supports 16:9 photos
  • Keyboard: Increased language support and emojis added to predictive typing
  • Hub & Contacts: Now includes WhatsApp
  • DTEK by BlackBerry: More notification options to alert you when apps use your info

It’s nice to see BlackBerry pushing the Priv’s update out around one month after its release. It shows that the company is committed to keeping it up to date — including with the latest security updates — and that it’s taking its first Android phone seriously, which it should since there’s a lot riding on the Priv’s success or failure.

Have you tried a BlackBerry Priv yet? If so, what do you think of it?

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