Google has been releasing several updates to its Nexus Users. Google has even promised to release the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its users. BlackBerry has taken a similar stance and is going to release security updates for its BlackBerry Priv users. The new OTA updates will fix several bugs and security vulnerabilities of the BlackBerry Priv Smartphone making the BlackBerry Priv far more secure for its users.
The Canadian company announced the release of monthly security updates to its BlackBery Priv, a phone that runs on the Android OS. BlackBerry will release monthly OTA update to Priv users via shopblackberry.com and BlackBerry Priv re-sellers.
In a blog posted on the BlackBerry website, David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry said, "Some critical Android vulnerabilities - for example, one that can be easily and remotely exploited with a publicly disclosed method to execute "root" privileged malware - simply can't wait for a monthly update cycle. Depending on the severity of the problem, complexity of the fix, and timing relative to the monthly update cycle, BlackBerry will opt to perform a hotfix, where the code to address only the specific critical problem is pushed to customers." For hotfix patching, BlackBerry claims that it has the ability to directly patch all Priv variants.
Blackberry Priv users who are Enterprise customers will receive monthly security updates through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and OTA management systems.
BlackBerry Priv Android slider smartphone combines features of both BlackBerry and Android and is up for pre-orders at $699 (approximately Rs. 45,500) and will be available in the US from next week.