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Priv, BlackBerry's first Android phone, goes on sale for US$699

Matt Hamblen | Oct. 26, 2015
The phone, with 5.4-in. display, will start shipping Nov. 6

The blog ticks off various components of privacy and security deployed in Priv, including the ability for IT administrators to use Google Play for Work to manage and deploy enterprise apps. One part of that ability lets admins ensure that users can't download apps to their work space from anywhere other than a company app list.

Priv also integrates Android for Work to separate work and personal data, and comes with a new Dtek application, which tells which apps access the user's personal data and shows overall security based on the strength of the user's password, encryption setting and apps installed. It also provides recommendations on improving overall security.

BlackBerry also provided a unique manufacturing process to inject cryptographic keys into the Priv's hardware. It is also FIPS 140-2 compliant for government uses, meaning it has full disk encryption turned on by default.

More information is available on BlackBerry's website.


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