BlackBerry has just kicked off its first Beta programme for Android OS in the Beta Zone for its flagship model powered by Android — the BlackBerry Priv. This programme will allow users to get a sneak peek of what is coming in the official Android Marshmallow upgrade for the Priv smartphone.

The company is inviting users to sign up to participate in its Beta Zone programme and thereby help in the development of Marshmallow upgrade for the Priv by giving feedback on the features as well as the issues. Following are the details about how to enroll into Beta Zone.

How to join Android Marshmallow Beta programme for BlackBerry Priv

• The Beta zone participants can test the latest Android iteration through a wireless software update and can even submit bug if they come across one by using the bug reporting app.

• For being a beta tester, one must have a Priv that is purchased through ShopBlackBerry, Amazon or Carphone Warehouse. Those who purchase the handset from any other retailers can also apply but they will not be accepted into the beta test programme immediately.

• Do not forget to enable background diagnostics reporting so that BlackBerry can analyse the data and make improvements.

• BlackBerry is offering a limited space in the Beta programme. The new registrations will join the wait list from which new participants will be selected. Those lucky ones who managed to make it to the first group of participants will receive invitations this week.

• Note that registration will be open for two weeks and the beta testing will start during the second week of April.

• The beta will last for about 4 to 8 weeks.

Android marshmallow features for BlackBerry Priv

The Marshmallow upgrade for the Priv smartphone brings an array of new features. These include Now On Tap that identifies keywords in user's communications, apps and searches and thereby automatically adds cards with relevant information. You should also be able to take advantage of the Doze mode that puts the handset to sleep when not in use. Another feature is App Standby that limits the impact of rarely used apps on battery.

Streamlined settings allow managing an app's complete setting in one place. Auto backup for apps lets you back up apps and their data, and system settings backups allow you to back up things like sync, do not disturb and accessibility settings when needed. In addition to Android Marshmallow goodies, the beta software also includes security updates as a part of the monthly updates. Head over to the official BlackBerry site to know more about the Beta programme.

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