Named the Blackberry Venice, the phone is to be available in the United States with AT&T.
The move is seen as an acknowledgement that its revamped line of devices has failed to win mass appeal, according to four sources familiar with the matter. A few days after that report, CEO John Chen said that his company could consider building an Android smartphone only if it can make it secure enough.
New York: Blackberry seems to have finally shed all qualms about Android and is ready to hog the platform. The Android mobile device is definitely adopting the Android Lollipop version, and lots of apps from standard offerings.
Any first impressions about the BlackBerry Venice?
A Google spokeswoman declined to comment. Two keyboards? Has Blackberry lost the plot? The slider is likely to combine a touch screen with a physical keyboard, similar to BlackBerry’s Passport phone.
Going by recent rumors, the Venice was announced at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. However, then you have to consider the fact that physical keyboards are hard to come by these days. Leaks still pour in concerning the company’s “Venice” phone, that is alleged to be powered by android. Although Google has tried to win them back with Android @ Work, which is a nice concept and product, but enterprise customers only switch devices once every 5 years or more. Of course, the big story is that this BlackBerry device will run Android’s operating system, and be focused on the high-growth emerging markets. Looking at the current position of BlackBerry, we are inclined to say that the Canadian tech company is running out of options in getting some momentum in its favor.