More than eight months after Google released Marshmallow, Android 6.0 finally reaches BlackBerry Priv on T-Mobile.
BlackBerry announced the much-awaited rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Priv back in April, and said the update would be “coming to all major US carriers” from May 3.
BlackBerry Priv handset owners on T-Mobile are now receiving the Android 6.0 software update from June 13.
Having launched in September 2015 and hitting the shelves in November, BlackBerry Priv is the first BlackBerry smartphone that does not come with the company’s own BlackBerry OS or BlackBerry 10. It came with Android 5.1 Lollipop. This Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the first major update to the Priv.
The new Android 6.0 update comes with a wide-range of improvements and additions over and above the standard Marshmallow release, bumping the build number up to AAE153.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings the Adoptable Storage feature that allows the use of the microSD card as internal storage.
Improved App permissions offer greater control over the downloaded apps. Permissions for each app can be accepted or denied.
Several improvements in performance and stability, including better Google Now and app drawer.
This rollout comes after several comments from various carriers on how Priv is struggling against its competition for sales. Sprint even dropped its plans of launching the device.
T-Mobile stopped selling BlackBerry Priv within just five months of starting selling the devices.
— T-Mobile Help (@TMobileHelp) June 6, 2016
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T-Mobile BlackBerry Priv owners will automatically get a notification for the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update between June 13 and June 17.
If you haven’t received the update, you can check for it manually. Go to Apps > Settings > About Phone for the update. The file size is 1.3 GB. Make sure your battery is fully charged and your device connected to a good Wi-Fi network, to ensure a smooth download of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.