Though its just the beginning of the month, the February Android security patch has already began rolling out to the BlackBerry Priv. From a company like BlackBerry that has always proven its focus on security time and again, this is just what we would expect. This is very impressive to say the least, as it is not the kind of consistency you'd actually expect to see from a typical OEM. Considering Blackberry also pushed out the previous monthly security updates out within the first few days of a month, this month's roll out makes it the third time in a row. Though owners of the BlackBerry Priv who bought theirs through BlackBerry will be the first to see the update reach their devices, carriers who have partnered with BlackBerry have promised to fast-track the security updates to release them to users as fast as possible. On the blog post BlackBerry revealed that a majority of their carrier partners had affirmed their support towards the company's efforts with some even taking measures in expediting a faster certification of its patches. Thanks to this, BlackBerry have been able to deliver their security updates just as Google released theirs to Nexus handsets. If you own a Priv look out for the update notification on the status bar but if you are yet to see it, go to Settings >> About >> System Updates >> Check for Update, for manual checking. One of the reason BlackBerry manages to release security updates ahead of other manufacturers, it is due to the fact that the company doesn't depend on carriers to push out the patches but rather does that itself, similar to how Google does for its Nexus series.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool