Starting with the Priv, BlackBerry’s become an Android manufacturer. This move gives BlackBerry’s phones access to Google’s sizable app store, but it also presents several hurdles to keeping the security brand they’ve built intact.

For example, Android encryption still lags behind government standards, and unauthorized firmware can be installed in place of the stock operating system—this is how custom ROMs like CyanogenMod exist, but it’s terrible for security.

BlackBerry’s prepared for the challenge, and this time around, they’ve created an Android device with the level of security their… more


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