Blackberry is struggling
Blackberry is a struggling brand. The only thing Waterloo is known for is Blackberry and Kanati Clothing these days. Both have had problems over the last couple years. Yay Waterloo!
BlackBerry's has offered more glimpses of its first Android phone, Priv, and the device's specs have also leaked into public gaze. The Priv is unique in that nobody else is pitching a security-hardened Android at businesses that boasts top-end consumer specs. The device, glimpsed for a few seconds in March, features a slide …
'The Priv is unique in that nobody else is pitching a security-hardened Android at businesses that boasts top-end consumer specs.'
Presumably some words in that have precise definitions in order to make that true.Does Knox and SEAndroid not count as security hardening? Or are Samsung phones not 'pitched at Business'.
I'm going to guess they are using a definition of security hardening which describes something that no-one else thinks is worth doing.
I've heard that is coming but why wasn't it there from the start?
Having your app "just work if approved" was a significant "bait" in attracting developers. As a result you are looking 5+ years of appalling coding practices to contend with. 99% of all apps have no error handling code for any ops that are subject to permissions. They will simply blow up straight away in the most ugly possible manner.
just not in stock Android.
Coming in next one, but already there if you install Cyanogen. Can look at permissions app ask for, then accept/deny each one. Or ask for notification to allow. Oh, and can see how many times the app has asked - basically as granular as you'd like.
I think some vendors also have this in their builds. Sony?
A quick google (so correct me if I'm missing something) reveals both Knox and SEAndroid to be secure versions of android, but neither search shows top spec devices that come preloaded and are targeting business. Where are the specific samsung devices that are marketed to businesses as secure? As it stands the quote seems to be accurate.
I like cyanogenmod's security and I really don't get why stock android doesn't support it.
I don't mind certain apps like satnavs from knowing my location but I totally resent other apps asking for it. And I hate apps that want access to my contacts or phone features for dubious and esoteric purposes.
With BB10 and its predecessors they had control of the whole OS. With the best will in the world no one outside of Google can be truly said to understand android. Given that BB are on really dodgy ground claiming it to be as secure* as their previous devices.
* For given values of secure. ie completely penetrated if the authorities mandate their own boxen being plugged into the infrastructure someplace, but probably still more secure than vanilla Android/iOS.
No, they know people want some reassurance that their phone is going to be updated with new features and yes maybe some bug fixes at least twice whilst they possess it. That's important for any phone purchaser to know that their phone isn't going to have support ditched as soon as it comes out.
The pictures look nice (oooohhhh - a keyboard), but since the video is set to private and I can't view it (f**k youtube) it makes me wonder if they're really serious about selling anything. I suspect signing in is a ploy to get email addresses for a future spamming campaign.
Thumbs down in lieu of a middle finger.
Being an Android fan, and a fan of physical keyboards, I wish I wasn't just six months into a new 2 year contract right now. I'd snap this phone up in an instant! I would say it's exactly what I want.
Although, I have to admit a bit of shock at Blackberry releasing something people actually want these days.. still haven't quite got over that..
*dons flame proof suit*
I used to have a dell phone like that.*
It was a pain in the ass to type on. If they've gone to all the trouble of including a little sliding keyboard - which I'm all for! - why not make it open in the more useful direction? Or have they gone the current route of making the thing so enormous that if they did that you wouldn't be able to reach anything in the TGV YHB columns with your thumbs?
*Back before they ruined Windows Phone :(
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