More Camera and Keyboard Improvements Coming to PRIV

PRIV by BlackBerry

Man_mode_cameraSince the launch of PRIV, we’ve been hard at work continuing to improve the experience and making it even better for our customers. Earlier this month, we launched Google’s Android Marshmallow update for PRIV, which has gotten rave reviews from users.

Today, we are updating a few apps in Google Play with new features. And we’ll be introducing a software maintenance release starting on June 6th to align with our regular monthly security release.

But first – let’s talk application updates.

Camera: Advanced Shooting Controls

  • Users will have the ability to enter a mode with advanced manual controls giving them access to capture settings such as: shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, focus, white balance and exposure (EV) compensation
  • Physical keyboard shortcuts for camera controls
    • Swipe horizontally on keyboard to adjust the setting currently active
    • Swipe vertically on keyboard to change the active setting
    • Press the A key to return the active setting to Auto
    • Press and hold the A key to return all settings to Auto
    • Press the spacebar to take a picture
  • Additional learning to help users be more creative with every photo

Keyboard: New Languages and Updates

  • Vietnamese input support for both the virtual and physical keyboards
  • Korean Hangul support for both the virtual and physical keyboards
  • User control on currency key allowing even further customization to meet your needs
  • Continues improvements to predictions and autocorrect
  • Control keyboard shortcuts (if supported in the application)
    • CTRL + B: Bold
    • CTRL + U: Underline
    • CTRL + I: Italic
    • Ctrl + Z: Undo
    • Ctrl + Y: Redo
    • Ctrl + X: Cut
    • Ctrl + C: Copy
    • Ctrl + V: Paste

As with prior updates, your PRIV should notify you that the updates are available and download them automatically over Wi-Fi. If it does not, you can update them as follows:

  1. Connect your PRIV to a Wi-Fi network, then open the Google Play store.
  2. Tap the icon on the left side of the search bar, then select “My apps & games” from the menu that pops up.
  3. Either tap “Update All” or select which apps to update on an individual basis.
  4. Tap “Download” and the update will begin, even if you don’t see a progress bar or other indicator.

About Michael C.

Michael joined Research In Motion® (RIM®) in 2001, and has worn a variety of hats from customer and developer support to product management. In his current role as Director of Software Product Management, his time is focused on building BlackBerry® 10. Always ready to get stuff done, Michael is truly a BlackBerry® power user, but always has time to listen to customers and co-workers on how to improve BlackBerry’s products.

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