BlackBerry’s First Android Smartphone is Finally Confirmed

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BlackBerry has finally broken its silence on what has been floating around the internet for a while: the BlackBerry Priv. The Priv is now officially BlackBerry’s first ever Android smartphone.


Contained in BlackBerry’s release of its financial results is this honourable mention of the slider smartphone:

Today, BlackBerry is announcing two new additions to its handheld device roadmap.
First, the company will launch a flagship slider device, Priv, which will run on the Android operating system, bringing together the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform. In combination with BlackBerry’s efforts to support Android for Work on the BES12 platform, the new device will offer best in class security for enterprise customers. BlackBerry expects the device to be available late in the calendar year in major markets in-store and online, and will release further details in the coming weeks.

The company goes ahead to pledge its commitment to the BlackBerry 10 platform promising to continue developing and updating it. BlackBerry 10 users should expect the 10.3.3 update in March 2016.



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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.