The First Android-Powered Blackberry Launching Is Tomorrow In Australia

From tomorrow, PRIV by BlackBerry — the first-ever BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android — will be available in Australia. "While PRIV will provide a choice in operating system to new and existing customers," Blackberry said in a statement, "the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, and will continue to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements".

The focus of the PRIV is "building on BlackBerry’s legacy of security and keeping private its customers’ data", Blackberry states.

Before you take the plunge, check out Gizmodo's review of the PRIV from back in November 2015 — just before the US release.

The phone features a 5.6-inch curved OLED display, 22.5 hours of battery life, and a solid 18MP camera. The slide out physical QWERTY keyboard is the defining and stand our feature of the PRIV.

The PRIV will be available from 4 February 2016 to Optus Business customers for AUD $995 (excluding GST), and Optus online will offer a range of post-paid plans for consumer customers.

To coincide with the release, Blackberry have produced a series of "how to" videos for a range of functions utilising the Android platform.

How To Activate A PRIV Device With Android For Work

Keyboard And Typing

Blackberry Hub

Taking Pictures

Using The Calendar App


Comments

    Apart from the lousy review done by Mario, Im keen for this phone.
    Im a power user / business person who struggles with touch screen typing.
    Iv used it for about 2 min prior and it served all my needs well.

    I've seen people queuing for days at end waiting to get their hand on this... Jokes aside, it'll be interesting how BB does with this different beast.

    Buying Good to bolster their MDM solutions should only help them in that department.

    Nokia should've tempted the same fate and did Android much sooner and properly on their X series, but there's no point bringing that up now...

    Last edited 03/02/16 1:29 pm

    Blackberry has finally gotten rid of the main reason NOT to buy one of their products over the last few years by finally embracing Android. Now they just have to prove that there IS a reason to buy one of their products.... and that still seems a little way off. Not dead yet it seems

    Apparently BlackBerry has been dead for years but they keep trucking and now offer a mobile experience in terms of raw stock Android with security in mind. I'm cheering for them.

    Excellent it's been a long wait so looking forward to getting my hands on one

    If it only ran W10M.........sigh

      As if Blackberry hasn't suffered enough, now you want this for them?

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