Android fans who still desire a physical keyboard might have something to celebrate about later this year. It was reported last week that BlackBerry might be working on an Android phone, and it looks like it’s more than just a rumor. Two devices have leaked so far, and reports disagree on which one will run Android. It’s also possible that neither will. Here’s everything we know so far.
Updated on 06-19-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news of another rumored Android phone called the “Prague” and that the “Venice” might not be running Android after all.
BlackBerry’s first Android phone could be codenamed “Prague”
The BlackBerry “Venice” might not be Android after all, according to a new report from N4BB. While the “Venice” is more for of a premium handset, sources say that BlackBerry is thinking about emerging markets for its first Android phone. A new device with the codename “Prague” has leaked, and although the OS has not been officially confirmed, some believe this could be the rumored BlackBerry Android phone. The report suggests that this model will be very similar to the BlackBerry Z3 (pictured below) in terms of design and is scheduled for an August release.
Blackberry Z3 Press
If the report is true, it would also mean that BlackBerry’s first Android phone won’t have a physical keyboard, since the Z3 doesn’t have one. That would be a huge letdown for those Android fans coveting one.
Related: BlackBerry Z3 Review
The previously leaked “Venice” could still be an Android device, but inside sources confirmed the existence of only one Android device — not two. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that BlackBerry isn’t working on a second Android device for the future.
BlackBerry “Venice” leaks with high-end specs
Codenamed “Venice,” this new BlackBerry phone is slated to arrive in November with the following specs: a 5.4-inch Quad-HD screen, a 1.8GHz 64-bit Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB RAM, as well as an 18-megapixel rear-camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
Related: Is BlackBerry making an Android phone?
The Venice will reportedly feature a slide-down physical keyboard, so this could be the mysterious slider device CEO John Chen teased at Mobile World Congress. Even more interesting is the fact that the display supposedly has dual-curved edges just like the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Based on the leaked specs, it’s clear that BlackBerry is going all out with most of the specs, but the processor is questionable. The Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 features a quad-core processor paired with a dual core. The 808 happens to be the same processor that the LG G4 features, but the reason LG chose it was because the updated version of the octa-core Snapdragon 810 wasn’t ready yet. With OnePlus already announcing that the OnePlus 2 will utilize the updated 810 (v2.1) with no overheating issues, it’s curious that BlackBerry wouldn’t do the same.
Related: OnePlus 2 Rumors: Qualcomm’s revised Snapdragon 810 will power the phone
The phone itself was briefly shown off at Mobile World Congress by Ron Louks, BlackBerry’s president of devices and emerging solutions, and one report hints that it could run Android. Of course, the software is still up for debate, and sources disagree on the subject.
The company appears committed to the BlackBerry 10 OS, which was introduced at MWC a few months ago. Based on that fact, it would not surprise us if the “Venice” ends up being a BlackBerry 10 device, but if would make sense for BlackBerry to offer both low-end and high-end handsets if the company really wants to capitalize on the Android market.
BlackBerry might not be a household name anymore, but a phone based on Android could be just the thing to jumpstart the company again. There are still a lot of business users who crave the BlackBerry brand, not to mention Android users who covet a physical keyboard.
The biggest question remaining about the alleged Android BlackBerry is whether the company will offer a full version of Android with Google services or a forked version similar to what Amazon offers The latter would be a huge mistake, since it wouldn’t be all that attractive to current Android fans, and the phone wouldn’t have access to Google’s core apps such as Google Play, Gmail, and Maps. Regardless, we’ll keep you updated on the device here.
[“source – digitaltrends.com”]