While Google is busy testing Android N, smartphone manufacturers are still working on pushing out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to existing devices. BlackBerry’s first Android handset, the BlackBerry Priv, has finally gotten in line and is now getting a beta version of the Marshmallow update.
BlackBerry is letting a small batch of users test out the update and will make it widely available once major issues and annoyances are fixed. The BlackBerry Priv recently got a permanent $50 price cut and anyone who had taken advantage of the offer should soon be seeing their device being treated to a newer version of Android. For those unaware, Marshmallow brings features like Google Now on Tap, advanced app permission management, improved idle battery life through Doze, performance enhancements, and new emoji.
The final version of the update should hit the BlackBerry Priv sometime in May, a considerable time after Android 6.0 originally came out. With BlackBerry getting serious about making Android smartphones and leaving its own home-brewed operating system aside, faster software updates will hopefully be a bigger focus down the road for the Canadian company.