BlackBerry’s First Ever Android Smartphone, Venice, Shows Up in New Photos


BlackBerry’s upcoming smartphone running Android, Venice, is one of the worst kept secrets this year. Featuring a slide-out keyboard and packing the security features that have made BlackBerry the go-to brand for individuals and enterprises mindful of their security, the Venice is no longer a stranger to us.

From rumours that could not be backed up then to lots of hands-on images, we’ve seen just enough to know that the Venice exists and its launch may not be far-off. Today, Android fansite Android Authority got hold of even more images of the BlackBerry Venice that show us its software customizations as well as revealing details about the hardware.

From the images above, the BlackBerry Venice runs a near-stock Android Lollipop build with BlackBerry throwing in a few customizations aimed at improving productivity like shortcuts to BlackBerry services as well as widgets. Running Android, Google Now is also in the mix.

The BlackBerry Venice reportedly features a 5.4 inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB RAM and an 18 megapixel camera.

The BlackBerry Venice is expected to be released in November and it may not be the only Android-powered smartphone the Canadian company has in the works.