Button mashing was a thing of the past, at least for most smartphone users; don’t worry BlackBerry toting folks, we’ve got your backs and maybe soon people might give the qwerty loving brand a go again – thanks to the PRIV. The aforementioned device’s pre-order site went up and down and up again, with the price point getting a “discount” when it really went live. Perhaps one of the most anticipated launches in the brand’s history (you know, cause its an BlackBerry that runs on Android) will happen soon but a list of stock BB apps have been found on Google’s Play Store.
Having stock apps on the Play Store gives the manufacturer an advantage by not letting their users wait for standalone firmware updates, instead they’ll be able to update the apps whenever an incremental version goes live. We’ve got to give the company credit when its due, they’re heading in the right direction as an OEM by making this first step.
Here’s all you need to know about the PRIV, if you haven’t heard of it yet:
5.4-inch dual edged OLED QHD (2560 x 144) screen
Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
3GB of RAM
32GB of internal storage (expandable through microSD)
18-megapixel rear camera
2-megapixel front camera
3410 mAh battery
Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard
DTEK privacy app for BlackBerry worthy security
Other than that observation, that’s pretty much it – since no PRIVs are available yet to test and the apps aren’t (currently) compatible with just any Android smartphone. Feel free to explore and check out the apps’ details on their pages listed below: