BlackBerry Priv users who are members of Beta Zone as well will be getting a gift as a new software update for the Android-powered smartphone is available now for download through BlackBerry Beta Zone before the official release of the September security patch update. But the update is only for some Priv variants for now, according to Android Headlines.
What the Priv update includes
The said update is for the Priv variants released in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, the model released in the U.S. through AT&T, and the Privs that are compatible with Canadian carriers. The update is not accompanied by any kind of official change log, so not much can be said about the new content that will be added in this software release, the report notes.
However, it is certain that the security patch level of the update is dated September 6, which means the update does feature the latest Android security patch that is set to be released early next month. It can be assumed that the Waterloo-based company will fill the update with bug fixes and improvements or with its own new features. A detailed change-log is anticipated after the update is released to the general public over-the-air, the report notes.
Until then, Beta Zone participants who own the Canadian, APAC, or AT&T variants of the Priv can download the much-awaited update through the beta program. It must be noted that the download package for the Canadian and APAC models appears as “AAG191,” whereas the package for the AT&T model appears as “AAG202,” says Android Headlines.
We will have to wait to see if the beta update will be released for other Priv variants as well, such as Verizon’s and T-Mobile’s or the unlocked model or for Beta Zone participants that live in other regions around the globe, including the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Canadian carriers now selling BlackBerry DTEK50
Meanwhile BlackBerry’s second Android-powered smartphone, the DTEK50, can now be purchased through most of the big Canadian carriers, reports GSM Arena. The handset was already officially available for purchase in Canada for a couple of weeks.
Now Telus, Rogers, Videotron, Bell, Wind, and SaskTel are selling the Android-powered device. Except for Videotron, which is selling the smartphone for C$430, no-contract pricing appears to be quite consistent across the carriers with nearly all of them offering the device for C$450.