BlackBerry to Release Android-powered Smartphone?

BlackBerry to Release Android-powered Smartphone?

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BlackBerry is condering releasing a smartphone that's powered by Google's Android operating system, reports Reuters.

The move would be an about-face for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company, which had shunned Android in a bet that its BlackBerry 10 line of phones would be able to claw back market share lost to Apple's iPhone and a slew of devices powered by Android.

The sources claim that the move is part of BlackBerry's strategy to focus on software and device management, instead of mobile operating systems. BES12, BlackBerry's device management system, helps corporate and government clients manage devices on their own internal networks. BlackBerry once dominated smartphone sales, but now has a marketshare of less than 1 percent.

The rumored Android device would be an upcoming slider phone that would likely be released this fall, according to sources. The smartphone could offer a slide out physical keyboard, as well as a touch screen.

It remains unclear if the BlackBerry's launch of an Android smartphone would mean the end of the BlackBerry 10 devices that the company launched in early 2013. While the new line of smartphones has seen positive reviews, BlackBerry continues to struggle against Apple and Android due to a lack of developers writing apps for the operating system.

BlackBerry issued the following statement in response to the rumors: "We don't comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched."

BlackBerry to Release Android-powered Smartphone?
Vida - June 15, 2015 at 11:59pm
I think I have an idea, make this phones and give it to poor people for free all over the world, in that way you can spy on all of them.
DarrenK - June 12, 2015 at 11:45pm
BB should shutdown their headquarter and return money back to their shareholders.
NastyNate - June 12, 2015 at 4:43pm
Basic grammar fail
Gwyneth - June 12, 2015 at 5:31am
Are they serious????? Wow I honestly feel sorry for BB. It is like Apple putting android os on the iPhone or Microsoft putting iOS on their "window" phones. Please BB quit making a fool of yourself. Why don't they truly do their best to develop their own OS and who knows, something positive might still come out of it!
ottifant - June 12, 2015 at 5:30am
Might save their ass in the very last second... but would be a shame because i would still somehow like to have a BB, but android and google are not an option for me. Though, if they don't give up on an own operating system and if the android trip allows them to do so then google would have done one good thing at least.
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