Years after facing hardships, BlackBerry is now apparently on a move to natively opt Google’s Android to improve for its new smartphone. Official confirmation on the new development is yet to be arrived but an image surfaced online that claiming to be related to an upcoming BlackBerry’s Android smartphone.
Leakster Evan Blass, who is a well-known person for his @evleaks account, has leaked the image of the upcoming BlackBerry smartphone that is claimed to run on Android operating system. The smartphone surfaced through the leak image features a physical keyboard, just as the one on the last year launched BlackBerry Passport, and seems to run on Android Lollipop.
Some initial reports suggest that BlackBerry is working on not just one but two Android smartphones. The one is said to be a high-end smartphone codenamed ‘Venice’, while the other one is claimed to be an affordable variant codenamed ‘Prague’.
The Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider is AT&T-bound.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 2, 2015
The smartphone that leaked through the image is likely to be related to the ‘Venice’ that has a touchscreen on top and a physical QWERTY keyboard on bottom. It is reported to be powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and features a 5.4-inch QHD display as well as an 18-megapixel primary camera sensor.
The affordable smartphone, on the other hand, is designed as an upgraded variant of the BlackBerry Z3, which the company launched last year.
Ontario-based BlackBerry is developing new strategies to improve its market position. The company released BlackBerry 10 OS as its own platform in 2012 with an aim to take on Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. But the platform itself gone through many improvements since its release to start supporting Android app downloads.
At the Mobile World Congress in March this year, CEO John S Chen brought the BlackBerry Leap and BlackBerry Slider as two of the company’s new smartphones. The former launched in India in May at a price of Rs. 21,490 but the latter is yet to be available in the markets across the globe.