The BlackBerry Priv is starting to receive the February security patch and it’s still the first day of the month. That’s exactly what you would expect from a company as focused on security as BlackBerry, but in all honesty it’s not the kind of behaviour you’d probably ever hold out hope to actually see. This now makes the third month in a row that BlackBerry has managed to roll out its monthly security patch in the first couple of days of the month.
We’ve managed to deliver our security updates the same day as Google’s Nexus devices receive theirs – and in some cases, even before.
Of course, those that bought their Priv through BlackBerry will get the update first, but BlackBerry’s carrier partners have also agreed to fast-track security patches to get them into the hands of users as quickly as possible. After all, BlackBerry’s reputation depends on it.
As BlackBerry noted in a blog post: “The majority of our carrier partners have pledged support to our efforts, and some have even taken measures to facilitate quicker certification of our patches. As a result, we’ve managed to deliver our security updates the same day as Google’s Nexus devices receive theirs – and in some cases, even before.
So check your status bar for the update notification and if you don’t see it yet, you can check for it manually by going to Settings > About > System Updates > Check for Update.
In case you’re wondering how BlackBerry manages to get security updates out weeks ahead of everyone else, it’s because the company pushes the patches itself rather than waiting on carrier partners to do it, much like Google does with its Nexus devices. In fact, BlackBerry only accepts carriers that are willing to agree to this set up. This makes perfect sense because, as mentioned above, BlackBerry’s reputation depends on it.