The rumors about a new BlackBerry phone powered by Android have been taken up a notch with Evan Blass releasing images and a new set of info on the new device.
Previous weeks have seen this rumor buzzing on tech blogs and websites alike, with any comment declines by BlackBerry officials. Now, the BlackBerry Android phone is almost real. Evan Blass’s account reveals that the new mobile device will be named BlackBerry Venice.
It seems that it will of course run all Android apps, according to Droid Life.
After seeing the leaked image many will be remembered of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge due to curved display and sides. All in all, a rather elegant makeover for BlackBerry.
The display, which is of course a touchscreen will slide to reveal a full physical QWERTY keyboard for the full-fledged BlackBerry fans who’ve got accustomed to this feature. The BlackBerry Android slider does not lose other compulsory features on the way.
MicroUSB, large speaker, a headphone jack are all integrated in the new BlackBerry Venice. According to accounts, the touchscreen should be 5.4 inches, the rear camera is quite competitive at 16MB, while the front selfie snap camera boasts 5MP. GSM Arena also reported that BlackBerry Venice will be working on 3GB RAM and will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Soc, complete with a hexa-core CPU.
Android operated BlackBerry Venice will be made available on the AT&T network, although no release date has been announced.
For many, the rumor of this new release was hard to chew. Perhaps it still is considering how the Ontario company put all its eggs in one basket with the BlackBerry 10 line of phones which was believed to shine a new light for the company, while shunning Android altogether.
BlackBerry 10 phones were supposed to bring back the users lost to stronger companies like Apple and Google which have built their market shares throughout the years, ushering BlackBerry to a mere 1 percent of the mobile device market.
But now, with Android BlackBerry Venice, BlackBerry is trying to shift focus on device management and software.
To this end, a statement coming from John Chen, the chief executive of BlackBerry, revealed that the company has a new ace up its sleeve. That would be BES12, a device management system.
BES12 offers both corporate as well as government clients the opportunity to manage devices on internal networks regardless of they are BlackBerry, Android OS powered or Apple iOS powered, or Windows.
BES 12, the cross-platform system would couple well with the release of BlackBerry Android powered Venice.
For skeptics, this would be a clear signal that BES12 can manage as well as secure mobile devices running on competing operating systems.
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