BlackBerry officially kills off its first Android phone; the Priv will no longer receive security updates
BlackBerry has claimed on its blog that they will still continue to provide support in case a serious security vulnerability is detected.
After Priv, BlackBerry plans to launch two new Android smartphones.
BlackBerry has announced in its blog that it is delivering on its patching commitment by drawing up a comparison that shows how the world's Android OEMs have performed in their patching programs as compared with BlackBerry.
Priv comes with BlackBerry’s Hardware Root of Trust -- a manufacturing process that injects cryptographic keys into the device hardware, providing a secure foundation for the entire platform.
BlackBerry could possibly quit handset business by 2016; unless it sells 5 million handsets this year
The decline of BlackBerry in the smartphone market has been steady, gradual and certain. Over the years, Apple’s iPhone and long list of Android smartphones have heavily dented the prominence that BlackBerry enjoyed in the past decade.
On being asked about BlackBerry's hardware future, CEO John Chen said, "Sometime next year we have to make our device business profitable, otherwise I have to rethink what I do there."
Finally, BlackBerry has confirmed it plans to introduce an Android smartphone later this year, in spite of the reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results.