BlackBerry brings slow motion video capture to the Priv

Ian Hardy

March 1, 2016 6:06pm

BlackBerry has pushed out an update to the Priv, a device the struggling company says is its first secure Android smartphone.

This latest update adds new features to BlackBerry’s Android Keyboard, launcher and camera app.

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BlackBerry has also added slow motion video capture at 120 fps, as well as playback back at 30 fps, though, neither of these updates feature audio recording.

In addition, BlackBerry Keyboard now has improved predictive typing and accuracy. Finally, Launcher now separates apps into Recent, Personal, and Work.

The update is now available to download in the Google Play Store (BlackBerry Launcher, BlackBerry Keyboard, and BlackBerry Camera).

Related: BlackBerry Priv Review

  • Brad Fortin

    Wait, they shipped slow motion video without audio? How is that not considered broken?

    • rick

      Audio is useless on my iPhone. What’s the point. At least people didn’t have to “wait for this years model” and pay a few hundred bucks as how Apple rolls out its gimmicks.

    • dannyR

      “Audio is useless on my iPhone.”
      WUT

    • rick

      Yes Audio on slo mo is useless on my iphone. Whats the point of listening to sounds in slo mo? When showing a slo mo video i’ve never once had someone say “turn up the volume so I can here the indistinguishable gibberish”

    • dannyR

      OK, slow motion audio. That would be true of many phones. Does the Priv camera upscale pitch to match tempo?

    • rick

      I don’t know – who cares. Its slo motion video for free. A nice uplift for current owners done through a software push. I’m liking what I’m seeing on the Priv and how BB might be providing a refined experience on Android platform with some longevity. A niche no one is addressing. So hopefully waiting an all touch device.

      Blackberry releasing a feature set to existing owners for free………Apple waits for 12 months and charges $800 for gimmicks on aging hardware. Suddenly you don’t need a force touch screen to get live photos. You just need to pay Apple for a new iphone SE………..Ya, my iphone 6 will be my last apple product. Just like my Apple TV Gen 3 will be the LAST apple tv product of any type. Other options are so much better

    • dannyR

      I’ve seen no end of slo-mo vids with sound on youTube. I don’t expect to see it on many phones, but if anyone wants to fiddle with audio to change the pitch, free tools are available, eg. Audacity and WavePad. Essentially, they throw out, say, 1 out of every 2 samples (for half-speed slow-mo).

    • rick

      And your point is?

      Mine – some feature that was not previously available on a phone is now available at no cost to the customer. Awesome – wish we’d see more of this from all the OEM’s.

    • dannyR

      Point is, your iPhone might allow you to fix the sound. For Android, there’s Slow Motion Video FX, which allows audio fiddling. Perhaps that will work with the Priv. It isn’t free, however; unless you want ads

    • dc2000

      If you’re serious about ditching the Apple TV, look into the Nvidia Shield Player. Kind of expensive up here in Canada for the 500GB(or go with the 32GB i think it is for less). I have it hooked up to my NAS and it does an amazing job. Load Kodi on it, and you can watch anything on the box. It played a 40-45GB MKV file flawlessly. 4K will work out of the box as well. My $0.02

    • rick

      Shield is a great device but overkill for me as I’m not for playing games. I just went the Amazon tv route as I am mainly after plex and Kodi. Plex only being available on the newest Apple TV was the straw. Pure bs that it’s not on the previous gen.

      Oh – and Exodus realease on Kodi a couple weeks ago is fantastic! You’ll never see that on Apple.

    • Rumble and Sway

      Huh? It’s a slo motion recording so you can expect the audio to go the same way. Geesus! Slo motion is typically silent video for those using it. You’re quibbling over a totally irrelevant feature.

    • rick

      No I’m not – Brad is. He would seem to indicate that without slo mo audio this feature is broken.

      I COMPLETELY AGREE that slo mo audio is an irrelevant feature. Tell that to Brad. So thanks for backing me up Bro

  • Rumble and Sway

    Big deal. It’s been available on iPhones for the past couple years already and probably Android as well. This entire company is in slow motion.

    • rick

      It’s not meant to be a big deal. But a nice add on for owners without asking them to shell out a bunch more money – because Apple.

    • GQDRU

      Blackberry unlike Microsoft is at least attempting to transform their business. Their first Android phone has proven that they can hang with the big boys in this space.

    • dannyR

      What they have to prove is the target of units/month that Chen has fixed. Of course, he’s never been very clear about what the target is, nor (even yet) released official numbers of sales.

    • Rumble and Sway

      Watch for them to bury Priv sales with their other crappy devices in April. He would’ve been crowing about great sales without giving hard numbers if it was going over so well. It’s a flop. That’s the bottom line

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      By your logic, the Apple Watch must be a huge arse flop then…

    • Rumble and Sway

      Watch sales have done better than any lousy BB phone has the past 5 years. That’s a fact

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Oh it has? Proof since Apple hasn’t posted one bit of information on Apple Watch sales… therefore, it must be a flop…

    • Rumble and Sway

      A company that that pulls in $20 billion in revenue not including iPhone sales isn’t an operation that needs to prove anything. Blackberry on the other hand… Total joke

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Of course… nothing like a double standard for the owned dooosh

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      They love driving with the brakes on

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Awwwwwww…. the sad little BlackBerry hater is back. Shocker!!!

    • Rumble and Sway

      Yeah it was only a matter of time before you showed up here to pump this garbage company

      Come on. Tell us once again how great a CEO the Chinese buffoon is. 🙂

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Tell us how much of a r@cist loser you are..

    • Rumble and Sway

      Here we go again. Can’t score a point so you play the ràcist card once more. So predictable

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Can’t make a intelligent counterpoint so he resorts to the r@cist garbage. So predictable

  • dannyR

    Priv sales finally cracked 100,000 a week or two ago. Slow motion indeed.

    • rick

      Hmmm is that an official statement on sales numbers??? link?? Or are you just being an azzzzzz

    • dannyR

      You don’t need an ‘official’ statement to do the math on Priv-specific camera upgrades (I’m not going through that song-and-dance all over again, incidentally). It would be like a news item on the morning. I mean, it happened.

    • rick

      You’re saying that Priv sales are sub 110,000. Not sure what that has to do with camera at all. And I’m saying prove it. You hating a product does not make it a bad product or its sales suck. So unless you have something to back up your idiotic statement then go blow your iphone.

    • dannyR

      You need to read this part real careful:
      “I’m not going through that song-and-dance all over again, incidentally”
      I don’t hate the phone. It’s just becoming irrelevant.

    • rick

      How is the Priv becoming any more irrelevant any more so than other Android devices that launched last fall? Have any of those others that launched pushed out any feature updates via software?

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      So irrelevant that you not only clicked on the article but decided to troll it.

    • dc2000

      Just going to throw this in there: Our managers at my job got 20 or so Priv’s.. with google play deactivated for the next month or two to ensure it’s the right fit in the workplace, so all the Berry app’s haven’t been updated. Just consider this, that 100,000 for Berry apps doesn’t mean anything.

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      The JokeBerry Privates is really taking it to the competition .. Sweet!

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      You mad? I hear you’re really taking it to Timmy’s privates.