1. anon(55900)'s Avatar
    Is it possible to put straight Google Android on PRIV? Don't care about all the PRIV hype about massive security. I like the PKB but don't trust Blackberry to be in hardware in two years. So if it comes down to it, can I Root the phone and install a stock android or Cyanogen??
    04-02-2016 08:53 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    No. There is no root for the BlackBerry Priv.
    anon(55900) likes this.
    04-02-2016 08:57 PM
  3. rebel1804's Avatar
    Sadly no... the software is verified to the moon and back before booting. But if blackberry does become a software only company, software updates won't be out of the question. Also there are enterprise contracts that should keep support going for at least few years.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    anon(55900) likes this.
    04-02-2016 09:01 PM
  4. anon(55900)'s Avatar
    No. There is no root for the BlackBerry Priv.
    I thought Android was open, not even the group at Cyanogen have cracked it?
    04-02-2016 09:07 PM
  5. freedomx20a's Avatar
    It's impossible because of how it boots up.

    Among other things. And if you mess up phone will perma brick

    posted via the lovely innovative Priv by BlackBerry - Powered by Android
    Laura Knotek and anon(55900) like this.
    04-02-2016 09:10 PM
  6. anon(55900)'s Avatar
    It's impossible because of how it boots up.

    Among other things. And if you mess up phone will perma brick

    posted via the lovely innovative Priv by BlackBerry - Powered by Android
    Bummer... Switching gears, if bb kills hardware, could Priv and it's function survive without bb support?
    04-02-2016 09:15 PM
  7. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Bummer... Switching gears, if bb kills hardware, could Priv and it's function survive without bb support?
    It would still function. It just wouldn't get any OS updates if BlackBerry discontinued supporting the software on its hardware. Most apps would still work, since Android apps typically don't require the latest version of Android. There are still many apps that work on Jellybean.
    anon(55900) and FF22 like this.
    04-02-2016 09:39 PM
  8. yohannrjm's Avatar
    Yep, as people have already pointed out, the bootloader is locked and the phone cannot be rooted.

    Given how few of these have sold, it's unlikely that there are a lot of people trying to find an exploit they can use to root it. It seems that for the foreseeable future, we'll have rely on BlackBerry to update it.

    I wouldn't worry too much about the updates, though. BlackBerry continues to release security updates promptly, and they've promised Marshmallow in a month or so. This phone may never see N, though.....if BlackBerry kills hardware before then.
    04-03-2016 12:47 PM
  9. Kebero's Avatar
    Am I the only one who is happy the Priv isn't rootable?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-03-2016 02:54 PM
  10. anon(55900)'s Avatar
    Am I the only one who is happy the Priv isn't rootable?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Yep... LOL
    04-03-2016 04:06 PM
  11. shabbs's Avatar
    Am I the only one who is happy the Priv isn't rootable?
    Nope. Count me as another.

    04-03-2016 06:45 PM

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