BlackBerry Marshmallow Beta for Priv Launches Amid Struggling Sales

April 6, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

BlackBerry has announced that its first Android output, the BlackBerry Priv, will soon have the latest update of the operation system it runs – Android Marshmallow.

Users of the BlackBerry Priv can now have access to the public beta of the Android Marshmallow OS in their devices, which currently runs the older Android Lollipop version in it.

The firm has also announced that the public beta will be available for sign-up for all users, with the actual tests expected to begin next week. Registrations for the beta will stay alive for two weeks from now.

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However, not all users will be given the token for the beta. Only those who have purchased their BlackBery Prive devices from ShopBlackBerry, Amazon or Carphone Warehouse stores would be eligible.

Others can still sign-up for beta, but they will have the access only at a later point. BlackBerry also hasn’t revealed when the OS will come out of its beta form.

Sign-ups can be made through the BlackBerry Beta Zone, which currently reports the beta to be filled as of now. BlackBerry assures that more admits will be made available in the coming times.

The beta version of Android Marshmallow for BlackBerry will include all the highlights of the OS, including Google Now on Tap, Doze and App Standby features for improved battery life, and auto backup for apps.

The news also arrives shortly after the revelation of the $256 million financial loss of BlackBerry in the previous three months. This is despite the company putting high hopes on the sales of BlackBerry Priv for the company’s resurrection. Accordingly, only 600,000 Priv units have been sold so far in the market.

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