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One year later, Verizon rolls out Android Marshmallow to the BlackBerry Priv

Verizon is now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the BlackBerry Priv, seven months after it began selling the handset and a year after the Priv first landed.

Published onNovember 7, 2016

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Verizon is now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the BlackBerry Priv. The update, which brings the device up to software version AAH376, arrives almost exactly a year after the Priv was released and six months after the Marshmallow software was first deployed to unlocked Privs.

The “new” features introduced in the update are outlined on Verizon’s BlackBerry Priv support page and include:

  • Wi-Fi calling
  • Google Now on Tap
  • Granular app permissions
  • Better BlackBerry Keyboard predictions
  • DTEK improvements
  • Changes to the Phone and Contacts interfaces
  • Rich text editing for tasks and notes

The BlackBerry Priv’s camera app has also received a significant upgrade, now featuring advanced controls and manual capture settings such as Shutter speed, ISO, EV Compensation, White Balance and 24 FPS recording in 4K.

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It’s a significant update for Priv owners with Verizon, but it’s still far too late. Marshmallow is now more than one-year-old, and Android 7.0 is already popping up on non-Google devices. What’s more, T-Mobile and AT&T pushed out their Marshmallow updates to the Priv in June and July respectively. Verizon was also one of the last carriers to start selling the device, beginning in March of this year.

Look out for the update arriving over-the-air shortly and give us your thoughts on Verizon’s speed to roll out updates in the comments.

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