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Time's up for BlackBerry Priv, as it Will no Longer Receive Security Updates

If you're still using Blackberry Priv, it's high-time you changed your handset. BlackBerry Priv was launched late 2015 where the company committed 24 months for security updates, but users won't be receiving such regular updates anymore as the period has already elapsed.

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Speaking for Blackberry, Alex Thurber explained in a blog post that the company has successfully kept the device secure and up-to-date for the standard amount of time, but regular security patches will no longer be rolled out for the handset.

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.

BlackBerry Priv is the first phone from the brand to run Android OS. It got updated only to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but at least, the device never missed any security updates in the whole 23 months of its existence.

BlackBerry recently announced a trade-up program in a bid to help users who're still stock onto their Privs and BB10/BBOS to easily get 2017 BB KEYone or Motion by offering discounts and incentives.

source: BlackBerry

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