It has been rumoured for a while now that BlackBerry are ready to admit defeat with BlackBerry 10. The whispers got louder when the BlackBerry CEO, John Chen said “We only build secure phones and BlackBerry is the most secure phone so, if I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that.”
Now, an online blogger has claimed that these rumours are to be confirmed with a BlackBerry handset running Android in the pipleine.
The BlackBerry Android Phone Hybrid
Given the name ‘BlackBerry Venice’, no details of the device have been revealed by BlackBerry who’ve, up until now, said that they are 100% committed to their BlackBerry OS.
It differs from other Android handsets in that it retains the physical keyboard consistent in other BlackBerry phones. In the images leaked, it shows the device with a series of Google applications; as well as Bing and Skype from Microsoft.
There’s set to be some additional interesting features on the device, too. The source of the leak, online blogger Evan Blass posted this video onto his twitter feed.
BlackBerry users worried that the handset will just be another boring Android device are mistaken, though. That is according to Blass, who released a supposed list of system files for the device, suggesting that there will be plenty of trusted BlackBerry functionality on the device.
This is no stock Android handset… pic.twitter.com/3RgBQHsCng
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 21, 2015
What does this mean for BlackBerry?
We’ll probably have to wait until their first Android phone is officially announced and details are explained before jumping to conclusions. However, an Android/BlackBerry hybrid might also hint to a BlackBerry partnership with Samsung. Samsung CEO, J.K. Shin, has previously stated “We want to work with BlackBerry and develop this partnership, not acquire the company.”.
It does seem though that BlackBerry has taken a huge gamble. So, will they attract a set of Android users with their additional functionality? Or will their base of users simply disappear elsewhere in the android market? Comment your opinions below.
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