BlackBerry has announced a major update for its present and upcoming Android smartphones that would be made downloadable soon. The update is said to improve certain productivity features that could be found pre-loaded in the phones.
A BlackBerry running Android? Several years ago, the idea would be laughable, but today an Android smartphone could actually make or break this once dominate mobile brand. As BlackBerry continues to lose ground in smartphone market, they are pinning their hopes on the BlackBerry PRIV. Their first Android device that comes with a slider keyboard.
The PRIV will be launched in Malaysia next week and we’re lucky enough to get a brief hands-on with this new slider device.
Once a brand identifies itself and sets habits, they’re often hard to get rid of. Especially so when John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry tried his hand at the demo-unit of the new BlackBerry Priv; the first Android running device from the manufacturer. Well it’s safe to say that Mr. Chen uses a BlackBerry (10) himself, seeing he tried to swipe up in the video you’ll see below.
After appearing in several leaks, BlackBerry’s first Android device with a slider keyboard now has a name. Codenamed internally as the “Venice”, serial leakster @evleaks has revealed BlackBerry Priv as the official commercial name.
It is no secret that BlackBerry is working on an Android device that comes with a slider keyboard. Dubbed as the BlackBerry Venice, this opens up a new opportunity for BlackBerry to tap into the Android segment where a built-in QWERTY keyboard is non-existent.
The folks at Android Authority were lucky enough to get their hands on the Venice, giving us better views of the device and some details of its new software experience.
With the new Passport Silver Edition out of the way, the next device to come out from BlackBerry would be their new Slider device. Dubbed as the “Venice” it offers a double edge display with a slide out QWERTY keyboard like its former Blackberry Torch.
Following @evleaks’s initial leak on the new slider, he has come back with another render, this time with its full QWERTY keyboard exposed. For the BlackBerry purist, you’ll appreciate that it retains the same 4 row keys instead of the Passport’s compact 3 row layout.
The previous purported BlackBerry Android device is quite meh and it looks like a Passport being forced to run on Android. Now twitter leakster @evleaks has returned with another image and this time it is another Android powered device that comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard.
Thanks to a new leak from @evleaks, what we have here might be the lower half and physical keyboard of one of BlackBerry’s upcoming Android smartphones. The company is in fact planning to launch at least two new Android devices this year, one codenamed the BlackBerry Venice and the BlackBerry Prague.
BlackBerry hasn’t been doing too well in the device game. Once a strong platform made popular by its secure messaging service, BlackBerry now has a market share of less than 1%. While they are still introducing new BlackBerry devices like the Passport, Classic and Leap, they are still far from becoming mainstream.
According to a couple of sources, word has it that BlackBerry could be making an Android based device. Whether they would abandon its current BlackBerry 10 devices isn’t really clear but we reckon it is unlikely at this point of time. This comes at a time where BlackBerry is now focused towards enterprise solutions especially its device management platform that works across various mobile OS including Android, iOS and Windows.
If BlackBerry is releasing an Android device, it may be a slider device that comes with a QWERTY keyboard like the BlackBerry Torch series. This would offer a familiar full touch screen display, bundled with a tactile feeling of BlackBerry’s signature keyboard. The slider phone was speculated a couple months back and it could feature a dual curved display similar to the Galaxy S6 edge.
Would you buy a BlackBerry if it runs on Android OS with a QWERTY keyboard?