BlackBerry Priv customers who got their devices through T-Mobile will receive updates within the next 24 hours to take part in the Marshmallow action, according to the manager of Blackberry’s Marshmallow beta program, Nathan Webster. T-Mobile customers will be able to download the update once they receive their Marshmallow beta invite, and then they can provide feedback to BlackBerry on any major issues they face.
Update to Marshmallow Beta
BlackBerry announced a private beta group this month for select Priv owners interested in running the latest and greatest Android version before others. Now the company is rolling out an update for this beta to users who signed up using the device they purchased from BlackBerry’s online store. There aren’t any known changes in the update, but it is possible that some bugs have been killed so as to improve the overall user experience. Reports indicate that the latest update is over 1.7 GB in size.
Earlier this month, CEO John Chen gave hints that the company was working on updating the Priv to Android Marshmallow, but he refused to give out any further details. Also BlackBerry’s Director of Handheld Software Product Management, Michael Clewley, tweeted earlier this month that the company was working on Marshmallow for the Priv.
Since then, several videos have been leaked online showing Android 6.0.1 running on BlackBerry’s latest premium smartphone, which was launched last year and originally ran on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The BlackBerry Priv is the Canadian vendor’s first Android smartphone. The Canadian firm is also expected to release two new Android-based handsets this year.
When will BlackBerry roll out Marshmallow for the Priv?
BlackBerry previously informed users that in the second week of April, it would start testing Marshmallow on the Priv and that the test would last four to eight weeks. The Canadian firm has not announced any public release date for the Priv’s Android 6.0 update, probably because it needs time to test it and make sure there are no major bugs before it pushes it out to the public.
This means people who did not enroll in the Priv Marshmallow beta test will have to wait longer to see Marshmallow in action on their Privs. Many mainstream users who need their smartphones for productivity purposes did not sign up to be a beta tester. Most of them will wait for BlackBerry to successfully complete its beta program and roll out the final, stable version of the software globally.