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First Android-based BlackBerry (codenamed Prague) could be released in August

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First Android-based BlackBerry (codenamed Prague) could be released in August
In case you haven't heard, BlackBerry is apparently getting ready to release smartphones that don't run its own operating system, using Android instead. One of these handsets, allegedly codenamed BlackBerry Venice, could be launched in November, bringing high-end features like a 5.4-inch curved Quad HD display, and a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor. However, this might not be BlackBerry's first Android product.

According to N4BB, the Venice might not run Android at all, and yet BlackBerry could introduce an Android smartphone as soon as August.

Possibly codenamed BlackBerry Prague, the device that's expected to be released in August won't have high-end features. Reportedly, it's going to be a low-end smartphone with a form factor reminiscent of the BlackBerry Z3 (an affordable handset that was launched last year). But these are just rumors for now, so we can't be sure of anything.

Earlier today, we set up a poll asking our readers if they'd be interested in getting an Android-based BlackBerry smartphone. The majority of those who voted until now said that they would be interested - so BlackBerry might actually have a shot at launching a well-received Android smartphone.

P.S.: What you're seeing above is not a real device. It's a BlackBerry Z3 on top of which we've placed a stock Android M screenshot.
 
source: N4BB

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posted on 18 Jun 2015, 20:08 2

1. legiloca (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


I'm curious to see an Android Blackberry smartphone, but eh, I'd rather wait for Nokia :)

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 22:01 4

12. waddup121 (unregistered)


Final attempt for Blackberry to save their own company. If they fail, GAME OVER screen all over. No restarts/continues this time!

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 01:37 1

32. AlikMalix (Posts: 7135; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


s**t, BB is getting assimilated, "resistance is futile" Android = Borg...
Dum-dum-daaaam..!

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 04:04 1

41. meanestgenius (Posts: 15065; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Not gonna happen, Alik. BlackBerry will not give up on BB10.

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 07:12

42. nuldolor5x.com (unregistered)


That shape? It looks like a rectangle.

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 07:30

43. gersont1000 (Posts: 447; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Yeah, why can't they make a circular or star shaped phone? That's way more ergonomic and makes much more sense!
/s

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 20:30

2. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


There is a typo in the first paragraph
S808 is a hexa-core SoC not an octa-core one
Please correct it!

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 22:02

13. Florin.T (Posts: 252; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Corrected, thanks!

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 20:58 1

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16318; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


DroidBerry

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 21:00

4. sssm23 (unregistered)


android draina battery blackberry 10 saves battery

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 21:00

5. sssm23 (unregistered)


android drains battery blackberry 10 saves battery

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 21:10 2

6. dimas (Posts: 2452; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


If they're going android, they should also redesign their overall phone as it doesn't go well with android's minimalist, playful colors. The blackberry brand will just become one of the fish in the ocean and won't stand out if they don't play it well.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 21:17 1

7. sgodsell (Posts: 4435; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


One of the perks of Android is OEMs and also users can easily change the look and feel of Android. Currently there is launchers that will make your Android device look and feel like a Blackberry, as well as an iOS or WP devices.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 21:35 1

9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


No IMO they should just customize Android to look like BB 10.

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 10:46

48. isprobi (Posts: 695; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Yes you can change launchers, change icon styles and add many extras. It sounds great but every time I did those things my Android phone became less reliable and had worse performance than what originally came on the phone. So I guess if you can live with those negative effects then Android can be whatever you choose.

posted on 20 Jun 2015, 20:34

52. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thats why trial n error is a thing.

You cant just pick one launcher, icon style, etc and call it a day. Back in 2010 only a couple of launchers worked well for my phone back then. Nothing's changed...still have to try a handful to see what actually works and works good.

Just like custom ROMs. At one time Cyanogen wasnt the best working for me phone....some other not so popular one was.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 21:18 1

8. NateAdam8 (Posts: 388; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


This is the true end of BlackBerry cause now it'll get lost in a sea of Android OEMs never to be seen except when they report money lost and then get sold out to the highest paying company.

posted on 20 Jun 2015, 20:36

53. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Last I checked the more popular Android OEMs stood out in the seas of many.

BB is popular enough that it will stand out. Nokia would too. Kyrocera and ZTE is popular with the pre paid crowd. BB would be fine.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 22:08 1

15. meanestgenius (Posts: 15065; Member since: 28 May 2014)


This is just rumors and speculation at this point. And coming from N4bb, it needs to be taken with a two fists full of salt.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 22:23 2

17. skymitch89 (Posts: 1337; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


How about this for real speculation....

Google teams with Blackberry for the next Nexus device and in doing so for Android "M" they use the name "Marion Berry".

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 11:25 1

49. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1992; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If they name it a Marion Berry, then the nickname "CrackBerry" will finally fit. These kids have no idea what you meant by that.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 22:25

18. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Screw Prague, I need Venice.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 22:29

19. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1269; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


BB android phone without a physical keyboard? this is gonna fail, it's just gonna be an ordinary android phone with a blackberry badge. They need to make themselves stand out by adding a physical keyboard.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 22:57

25. tacarat (Posts: 801; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


I remember reading something about this last year on this site.

http://crackberry.com/blackberry-team-amazon-deliver-android-apps-blackberry-10

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 00:16 1

31. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


This is God Tier.

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 09:40

46. speedyfreedy (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


na na na hey hey-ey good bye. So long blackberry. You're narrow mindedness from the past has cost you dearly. Good riddance

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 13:14 1

51. meanestgenius (Posts: 15065; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Keep dreaming.

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 10:25 1

47. isprobi (Posts: 695; Member since: 30 May 2011)


As the owner of a Nexus 6 and Passport the only good thing I can see coming out of this is people may get to see how good is BB10. Yes Android has more apps but it is full of security holes, fragmented, ads and a battery eater. So go ahead BlackBerry and take their money. I like my Passport better as a daily use phone.

posted on 19 Jun 2015, 12:48 1

50. isprobi (Posts: 695; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Here is a very good reason why BlackBerry should not put their reputation for being security oriented in danger by using Android as their OShttp://arstechnica.com/security/2015/06/game-over-https-defects-in-dozens-of-android-apps-expose-user-passwords/

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