For those not in the know, BlackBerry has been rumored to be making an Android device dubbed BlackBerry Venice. The device had surfaced on various leaks, both images and videos/gifs. It’s so far confirmed that there’s a BlackBerry device coming which will run Android OS, but not the name as we thought.
The soon to be launched BlackBerry device has been officially confirmed and the name is pretty ‘strange’. The device is dubbed BlackBerry Priv. BlackBerry CEO john Chen says the company decided to make an Android phone which is of the highest security standards.
Today, BlackBerry is announcing two new additions to its handheld device roadmap. First, the company will launch a flagship slider device, Priv, which will run on the Android operating system, bringing together the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform. In combination with BlackBerry’s efforts to support Android for Work on the BES12 platform, the new device will offer best in class security for enterprise customers. BlackBerry expects the device to be available late in the calendar year in major markets in-store and online, and will release further details in the coming weeks.
BlackBerry is however not dumping the BES12 platform, and is expected to continue dishing out premium security concious devices on the platform concludes the press release:
While the new device will provide a choice in OS to new and existing customers, the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which enables industry-leading security and productivity benefits. Second, the company will continue to develop and enhance the BlackBerry 10 operating system and is confirming plans to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements, with version 10.3.3 scheduled to be available in March 2016.
BlackBerry Priv as it’s now know is expected to pack a 3GB RAM, Android 5.1 Lollipop, Qualcomm snapdragon 808 chipset among-st other specs.