Last week, a video surfaced online showing a BlackBerry Priv unit running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. Now, a new report talks about the approximate rollout date of the firmware update.

As it turns out, the Priv will be updated to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow sometime toward the end of April or early May, CrackBerry noted. This means, very soon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon will be scheduling the rollout plan specific to the U.S. device owners.

Even though, the final build is expected to hit the devices in the April-May timeframe, a beta version of the build will apparently be rolled out sometime this week. BlackBerry’s Director of Handheld Software Product Management Michael Clewley has confirmed the news via his Twitter account.



The BlackBerry Priv comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop OS straight out of the box. Not to forget, this is the first Android device from the Canadian tech giant. Rumor has it that BlackBerry is already working on the second Android device.

In case, readers missed it, the latest video showing the Priv running Android 6.0.1 update gives a good glimpse of what to expect from the retro-styled, slider keyboard-clad handset.


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Updating the BlackBerry Priv to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS brings in Doze feature, which helps save stand-by battery life. This is accomplished by setting the device in deep sleep mode by cutting down the background activities and services, when the Priv goes inactive for a stipulated period of time.

This firmware package also adds Google Now on Tap feature to help search contextually, depending on the content display on the screen. Google has also added additional options specific to app permissions in this firmware.