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Blackberry Opens Up Its Beta Testing Program For Android Marshmallow

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Blackberry broke its self-imposed taboo and joined the list of manufacturers selling Android devices when it launched Priv. The device proved to be worth the hype it was generating and received positive reviews from critics. Well, Blackberry has now launched a beta test mode for owners to help the company test builds of the impending Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade.

The company launched a camera and performance update for the Priv, barely a month after it was launched. However, it kept mostly mum on the topic of Android Marshmallow, merely saying that work was on in the direction. Well, it seems like the update is almost ready, and the company has opened the gates to beta testing.

In an official blog post announcing the program, Blackberry said,

If you’re one of the people who wants to see Marshmallow on your PRIV, we have great news. We’re kicking off the first beta program of the Android OS in BlackBerry Beta Zone. Starting today, we’re inviting PRIV owners to sign up now to participate in our Beta Zone program and contribute to testing Android 6.0 on PRIV.

Registration for the program is expected to remain open for another two weeks with the beta mode lasting between four to eight weeks.

However, if you are a Priv owner looking to get an early ticket to Android 6.0, you would be well advised to keep your eyes open as the slots for the program — which are limited — are selling like hot potatoes.

Meanwhile users that will be accepted into the Priv Beta Zone program will test Android 6.0 Marshmallow by updating to a brand new Android 6.0 beta build and submitting bugs and error reports using an included bug reporting app.

The bugs and errors will then be looked into by a analysis team which will pass them on to Blackberry’s developers for correction and modifications. Once these bugs have been discovered and rectified, the company will roll the update out to the wider public.

The Marshmallow update will bring features such as Now on Tap, Auto Backup for Apps and the intelligent battery saver mode, doze, to Priv. Users will also be able to grant and take away permissions from apps, as and when they see fit. The beta users may also have access to the latest software in security and privacy, before other users, who will have to wait for their monthly updates.


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