Of course there’s no guarantee that Black Berry themselves will be timely with the release of their updates, but we guess there’s just one less hurdle to clear.
Black Berry had previously stated that this was something that they were working on way back in May. This also reminds us of how Verizon will apparently handle the updates for Google’s Pixel phones, which is an odd move but the carrier has also promised not to delay the updates and that the phones sold by the carrier will be released at the same time.
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If you buy a phone from a carrier, there are some upsides such as being able to get the phone subsidized, or you get the option to pay back the cost of the phone via installment plans.
With users of their device at a carrier’s mercy with no way to break themselves free because of the hyper-secure software preventing the flashing of custom ROMs, it naturally falls to Black Berry to bail out their users.
They have yet to release any details on exactly how they plan to do that, however, having only said that they are working on a fix of some sort for the issue.
With details being so sparse, it’s anybody’s guess as to just how Black Berry proposes to amend the situation, whether they will be creating some sort of tool that checks all AT&T branded Priv units out there and issues the update to unlocked ones, or perhaps reclassifying all Priv units out there to lump factory and unlocked ones together, or even working something out with AT&T, owners are told to rest assured that, in one form or another, they’re looking into it.
The unlocked version of the Priv received the update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow at the end of April, so users of the unlocked version are, thus far, only out in the cold by a month.
The downside is that you’ll be locked to the carrier, and any updates for the device usually have to go through an approval process.