Leaks Reveal New Details About BlackBerry’s Upcoming Android Phone
Leaks Reveal New Details About BlackBerryâs Upcoming
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Leaks Reveal New Details About BlackBerrys Upcoming Android Phone
BlackBerry is reportedly planning on releasing its first Android phone this November. Details on the
rumored device have been scarce, but a new leak reveals more information about the Android-based
The device, according to the Engadget, is going to be called the Venice slider. What makes the
Venice slider different from other Android phones is its physical keyboard. The inclusion of Android
OS onto a BlackBerry product is unheard of. BlackBerry has been shipping their phones with their
own operating system for decades.
The http://www.gettyimages.com/EditorialImages/Sport upcoming Venice slider will reportedly have
a slider physical keyboard as well as a touchscreen. Users will be able to use either the physical or
touch keyboards depending on what they feel like using.
This is no stock Android handset... pic.twitter.com/3RgBQHsCng
-- Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 21, 2015
Evan Blass, a freelance editorialist, uncovered some information that makes it look as though the
Venice slider will not be a standard Android device. Instead of shipping phones with stock (or close
to stock) Android OS, BlackBerry will be including BlackBerry software in the phones.
Video courtesy of Evan Blass (@evleaks) appeared
to show BlackBerry Productivity Suite running on a
Venice slider. As CrackBerry explained, BlackBerry
Productivity Suite will bring a handful of BlackBerry
services to the Android phones.
"If you'll recall, the BlackBerry Productivity Suite
essentially brings the Hub, BlackBerry Calendar,
BlackBerry Contacts, Docs to Go, the BlackBerry
Keyboard and finally, Universal Search, which
would explain some of the APK files noted to be on
the Venice as posted earlier by @evleaks."
As BGR noted, some other features of the upcoming
phone include a pretty serious camera and quite a
bit of RAM. The camera will have an 18 megapixel
sensor and image stabilization. The phone will
feature a hexa-core 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 808
processor, 3GB RAM, and a 5.4-inch display.
BlackBerry has not been doing very well in competing with
companies like Apple and Samsung. As previously reported
by the Inquisitr, BlackBerry has lost a huge amount of its
smartphone market share. BlackBerry is attempting to
regain some of its lost market share by reaching out to the
"From the standpoint of marketing, this is a great way for
BlackBerry to get visibility. It really doesn't hurt them
much, and the upside is high..."
A consultant told IBN Live that BlackBerry's decision to branch out and include Android phones in
their lineup is a smart move. The risk is low, and the payoff could be big for the company.
Do you think the Venice slider will be a hit?
[Photo via Evan Blass / Twitter]
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