Just a few hours after its first pictures leaked out, BlackBerry has announced its second Android smartphone: the DTEK50. The mid-range handset shares its specifications and design with the Alcatel Idol 4, but it comes with added security measures which is why BlackBerry is calling it the “world’s most secure smartphone.”
BlackBerry has a few Android-based smartphones coming down the line, and one of those new, unannounced handsets has leaked out.
Not to be deterred by the lacklustre sales of its first Android smartphone, the Priv, BlackBerry plans on releasing three new Android smartphones over the next three quarters. The company will be releasing one new smartphone every quarter targeted at various price points and with different form factors.
BlackBerry’s Android device, the Priv, is a first of it’s kind and yet, not too successful, is now at a $100 discount for fathers day. This might seem amazing, until you realise you are essentially buying your dad a work device and telling him he can now work harder and more efficiently. This discount is currently available in North America, which has traditionally been BlackBerry’s strongest market base.
BlackBerry Priv users on the AT&T network would traditionally require an AT&T SIM card placed in the device to receive software updates. Nonetheless, since the carrier sold unlocked versions of the phone, some users have missed on these updates as they used a competing carrier’s SIM card. There is good news however, as BlackBerry is working on a fix for the same.
Less than a month since it started a beta program for the Marshmallow update for the Priv, BlackBerry has started rolling out the final update to certain variants of the handset. Starting from today, all Priv units purchased from ShopBlackBerry.com will receive the update, with major carrier variants receiving the update beginning May 3.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has revealed in an interview that the Canadian smartphone company will focus on releasing two new mid-range smartphones this year. The executive, however, did not reveal when the company plans on launching them this year.
BlackBerry today announced a beta program for testing Marshmallow on the BlackBerry Priv. The beta program is intended to polish Marshmallow on the Priv before rolling it out to all Priv owners across the globe.
Blackberry has produced some stunningly good designs in the past and some stunningly bad compromises. And the Priv probably ranks among the latter, I’m afraid. It’s the company’s first foray into Android, which is why you’re reading this here on AndroidBeat. Don’t get me wrong, the Priv is a supremely powerful computing device, but it’s also unnecessarily overpriced and overcomplicated. Blackberry is absolutely right to give up on BB OS 10 and head for Android, but this isn’t the beachhead that we wanted.