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New BlackBerry Venice leak hints that BlackBerry 10 could be used as an Android skin

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New BlackBerry Venice leak hints that BlackBerry 10 could be used as an Android skin
A tweet from Evan Blass might reveal the plan that BlackBerry has in regards to Android flavored 'Berry handsets. A GIF posted inside the tweet (which we've embedded as a YouTube video) shows the BlackBerry Productivity Suite running on the BlackBerry Venice slider. The Productivity Suite is one of three such suites that will run on BlackBerry handsets. The other two are the BlackBerry Communication Suite and BlackBerry Security Suite.

The Productivity Suite includes BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, BlackBerry Contacts, Documents To Go and Universal Search. The Productivity Suite appears to be included with the Android ROM used on the Venice. This makes it appear as though BlackBerry's version of Android will come with a skin that includes features from BlackBerry 10.

For both Android and BlackBerry fans, this is getting more and more interesting with each leak. As Evan Blass notes on his tweet, the Venice is no stock Android phone. Even the most die-hard Android fan might think it more productive to have a BlackBerry 10 based UI running on top of Android than say, TouchWiz.

Sill, nothing has been confirmed yet, and even the Venice slider is just a pipe dream until BlackBerry makes it official.




source: @evleaks via Crackberry

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posted on 22 Aug 2015, 22:37 7

1. Fallen1 (Posts: 285; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


Just hope they release it this year...

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 23:44 3

7. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Looking forward to see it :)

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 00:19 7

12. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1539; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I'm sorry but you actually believe that video was the real deal? The font they used was absolutely horrendous. It was the equivalent of using Comic Sans for an ad video.

Blackberry has always used the same font style across the board.

Here is actually a video discussing the Blackberry Suite which was released for Android devices:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25_N4uRmtf4

You can clearly see the quality is miles above the supposed "leaked" video. Even very short videos that Blackberry produces uses the same font styles. It looks nowhere near as horrible as the one above.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 00:26 1

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 15477; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You're speaking too much logic Dr. Phil. But some people here believe anything simply because it's on the Internet.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 01:39 1

18. mmmanuuu (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Blackberry with their rock solid premium build quality and the freedom of android is a sweet wedding that could eat sammys sales a lot. Blackberry could turn out to be the apple of android.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 02:09

20. Johnnokia (Posts: 1140; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Do you mean the whole story is fake?

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 03:37

23. ibend (Posts: 6461; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


they never officially say they will release android slider or something like that, everything is just roumor actually :-/
BB will only make android device if:
1. they find a way to secure it
or
2. they really desperate

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 03:48

26. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Honestly. I kind of doubt that. Just like people who think all Nokia has to do is make an Android phone with their hardware and tada! Magic. That isn't how it works. Especially in a world where their brands don't carry any where near the weight they once did, and they won't have the marketing capital to compete. Viral campaigns like what one plus has done work for lower priced phones, but in the high end realm that's a bit of a different story.

Maybe they can. But Android is HYPER competitive. They have Samsung and Huawei on the high end who are absolutely eating up flagship sales, the low end is bombarded by flash in the pan Chinese companies and in the mid range you have low price flagship monsters like the 1 + 2, Xiaomi (anything), LG and Motorola.

While I'm not saying blackberry can't succeed, I really doubt they'll turn into a sales monster that is putting high amounts of pressure on Samsung. Maybe if this was two or three years ago, but not in the modern world where market saturation and downward pressure among other things is killing Android manufacturers.

I could certainly see that happening to a degree with power users and niche physical keyboard fans, but I'm not so sure when it comes to the ordinary person. Blackberries work oriented phones may not hold enough sway to truly compete with gorgeous devices like the Galaxy S6, Note 5, and the iPhone 6 (though the Venice does look REALLY good). They'll have to offer devices that are superior in nearly every way and better designed. Aesthetics hold more importance than they ever did before.

Don't get me wrong, I would absolutely love to see more competitors offering products that are doing well because it's better for us in the end. But, I'm just unsure how realistic that is with today's market. Even with a previous Titan like BlackBerry. I don't mean to be pessimistic at all, just saying precaution is warranted before we get overjoyed.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 08:30 2

31. Admonisher (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)


I don't expect iPhone or Galaxy level sales, but all they need is to sell a few more million devices to reach the break even target of 10 million phones a year.
BB is in the middle of a turnaround and they are focusing heavily on software services in several industries (Medical, Automotive, IoT, cryptography, EMM, Secure Voice, WatchDox document security, AdHoc emergency communications, etc).

BlackBerry is in better shape today than many struggling Android manufacturers like HTC. HTC is facing fierce competition from Chinese phone makers... sales are tanking and, unlike BlackBerry, they have nothing else to fall back on other than hardware. The only value HTC has today is their cash reserves... HTC's other assets and real-estate are worthless to investors.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 08:43

33. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Huawei is high end?

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 09:28

35. shinywindow (unregistered)


I sure hope ur right. I love my passport but would love some more android integration and widgets would be nice.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 09:40

36. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Huawei sells phones at the same price point that Apple and Samsung do. Whether or not you or I consider their phones to be worthy of that Price is kind of a relevant. My point was, they compete at that level and the sell very high numbers in China. They don't sell as many on the high end as Apple and Samsung do, but they have moved more flagships than LG, HTC, or Sony this year.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 09:41

37. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Huawei sells phones at the same price point that Apple and Samsung do. Whether or not you or I consider their phones to be worthy of that Price is kind of a relevant. My point was, they compete at that level and the sell very high numbers in China. They don't sell as many on the high end as Apple and Samsung do, but they have moved more flagships than LG, HTC, or Sony this year.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 09:59

38. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Thats the exact point I was making though, a few million in today's climate is unbelievably difficult. Apple is more dominant than it's ever been before in the realm of high end devices, and even Samsung is fighting mightily to gain traction. That's in the context of them having a larger war chest then practically every other Android manufacturer combined. And as you just noted, the lower end is becoming more difficult by the day due to a relentless onslaught of flash in the pan Chinese manufacturers, and truly great low priced products like the Alcatel One Touch idol too, Asus zenfone 2, moto G

I don't really see any reason that Blackberry would be doing much better than HTC or Sony.

Let me explain.

Sure, they have secure software and the best physical keyboard in the business.... But, I'm highly skeptical that is going to be enough to do much of anything in a world where Samsung and Apple are basically a duopoly in the only segment that really matters in terms of profits, the high end. Being a company that relies on high volume is extraordinarily difficult in today's climate. Which is why Samsung for example is in the middle of pivoting the way it is.

I guess what I'm saying is, although I see the appeal for so called power users, I don't really see what would make them a company with strong and enticing differentiation for more casual consumers.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 10:33 2

40. Admonisher (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)


If HTC stops making hardware, they are totally out of business. If BlackBerry stops making phones, they still will be in business selling software and services... that's the point I was making. There is no Future in Hardware, even Apple knows this.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 10:36 1

42. meanestgenius (Posts: 15477; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Totally agree. That's also the same point that I have repeatedly made here.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 11:07

44. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Ignore my other response. I pressed the post button by accident, PA has NO way to edit posts on mobile and my goddamn laptop absolutely REFUSED to cooperate in time -_- I was in the middle of changing that entire post smh. And now I don't have time to argue my point or clarify -_- Well... the debate would have been fun. Have a good day Mr/Miss Reprimander!

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 11:25

45. Admonisher (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)


It would have been fun -_- Mr.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 17:18

55. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I stopped reading after Huawei and high end?

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 22:45 3

2. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


I'd still rather pure blackberry, which is mostly the point.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 23:51 7

8. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


You sound like another broken record. The pure blackberry you'd still rather "have" hasn't been doing so well.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 00:05 5

9. dimas (Posts: 2472; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Blackberry has to adapt or be the next symbian and bada. It's also good if they make the blackberry ui available in google play to add exposure for their upcoming venice.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 00:08 1

10. Johnnokia (Posts: 1140; Member since: 27 May 2012)


BlackBerry Suite collection was already confirmed to come to iOS, Android, and WP.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 00:25 4

13. meanestgenius (Posts: 15477; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Agreed. I'd rather have pure BB10 also. But some broken record trolls here seem to equate sales with how good something actually is and individuals choose to like. By that logic, they're admitting that Android is better than their favorite Apple-flavored OS.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 00:32 5

15. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Some people are just in pure denial that they will attack anyone like a rabid dog if they see any comment that goes against anything they say. Some people should just stop crying so much.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 00:37 5

17. meanestgenius (Posts: 15477; Member since: 28 May 2014)


There you go talking about yourself again.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 02:03 2

19. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Some of these Android fans are kids.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 03:47 2

25. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Zzzz. Bored of trolling yet?

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 03:51 3

27. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Mxy is the definition of hypocrite. Mad apple fan that will equate anything only to sales. He has justin bebier syndrome.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 03:53 2

28. TerryTerius (unregistered)


It is pretty fair to say that blackberries market share is next to non-existent and their sales have fallen tremendously. If I remember correctly, phoneArena said BlackBerry is worth roughly 300 million dollars right now. They may be doing relatively well on the software side of things and even better with their overall enterprise efforts, but that has to be taken in the context of the fact they are nowhere near the Titan they once were. That isn't rolling, that's just reality.

Hoping they can do better is one thing however, and trashing is another. I want more competition from healthy companies, but I'm also aware that Blackberry isn't in peak financial health. I get you're an ultra blackberry fan and will defend them to the death, I'm just providing a counter point.

They're a good company that has the potential to maybe be a Titan again one day if things work out well.

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