BlackBerry ad turns Priv leak into positive publicity; no more new BB10 handsets?

BlackBerry ad turns Priv leak into positive publicity; no more new BB10 handsets?
While BlackBerry CEO John Chen earlier today confirmed that the Android driven BlackBerry Priv is coming, the company ran an ad in the Wall Street Journal that said that the leak of the phone's real name was "the best demonstration as to why BlackBerry's products, technology and brand are essential to the world." The company said that it "found this breach of privacy extraordinary." Wednesday evening, we told you that the Android powered slider that had been code named the BlackBerry Venice, would be called the BlackBerry Priv.

Earlier today, Chen took over CNBC's blog to announce that the Priv is a collaboration with Google, and includes BlackBerry security. The executive said the phone came about because consumers wanted the security of a BlackBerry handset, the ease of typing using a physical BlackBerry QWERTY, and the opportunity to download all Android apps.

While Chen didn't specifically say that BlackBerry will stop producing BlackBerry 10 handsets, if you read between the lines, all the CEO promised was continued support for BlackBerry 10, and updates for the OS in the upcoming year. If this is the case, we wouldn't be surprised if the rumors about an Android powered BlackBerry Passport will come true. We've seen images of the business centric device running on Google's open source OS, and an earlier report said that such a device would be launched in 2016 depending on how well the BlackBerry Priv does.


We await more information about the BlackBerry Priv, including specs, pricing and availability.


source: BlackBerry, CNBC

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40 Comments

1. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Without a doubt, this will be my next phone.

8. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

same here 2 , i miss BB and wish to come back to use their handsets only obstacle was the poor Ecosystem of BB10, now the " Priv" shall solve this i hope so.

2. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Same here... just don't place the name on it. Too many derogatory comments will come with this phone already.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well can't say blackberry articles never get heated. I guarantee you that PA authors probably enjoy posting Blackberry articles because they know it'll blow up in an instant.

74. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

The only things that successfully advertise the BB article in PA is the superfan. Kind of bad guys got the girls, he manage to spin it upward with his bad attitude. Perhaps he's learning from Howard Stern.

89. meanestgenius

Posts: 22282; Member since: May 28, 2014

Perhaps you're learning your attitude from Donald Trump, the way you talk negative about BlackBerry in the same manner Trump talks negative about anyone that's not Caucasian.

3. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

If whatever's read between the lines is true, I'm feeling very uncomfortable now.

4. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Size it up against the G4 already damnit!

5. carlemillward unregistered

Will this be the return of Crackberry?

7. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I don't get it... Why the Priv name laeked if all BB emplooye use BB? Is BB secure? Whattttt?

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Perhaps it's not secure. Perhaps blackberry is dying slowly but surely.

12. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Not secure - That was my thought when seeing the ads. Dying slowly but surely - I think this is inevitable.

20. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Even though I doubt it, getting rid of BB10 would be a huge mistake. Oh, and couldn't they have picked a better name. The rumored name Venice was a good one.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22282; Member since: May 28, 2014

I find it both ironic and pitiful how the trolling butt-lovers post on every BlackBerry article, and yet they claim they don't like the product. I think they're both secretly ex-BlackBerry employees that were fired for making inappropriate advances to the boss. Anyway, looking forward to the release of the Priv! It's quite possibly going to be one of the best Android releases of the year! And yes, I am looking forward to it as its a BlackBerry handset. I'm loyal to the company FIRST. The OS comes after.

24. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

"I find it both ironic and pitiful how the trolling butt-lovers post on every BlackBerry article" Find one BlackBerry article without this douche commenting on it. Then talk about no life.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22282; Member since: May 28, 2014

And here's yet another one of my groupies! I'm starting to get a little nervous, all these males want to be "more than friends" with me.... I can post a PLETHORA of BlackBerry articles here on phonearena that I haven't commented on. Care for me to start sharing the links, or are you done making a complete fool of yourself?

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol got'em. +1 for the truth.

67. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

He was banned then you retard. And without your butt buddy you were too scared to comment.

65. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Says the master douche.

25. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

The name gets dumber by the minute. Just doesnt roll off the tongue right.

68. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hohoho, this just might be my first BlackBerry handset, but will have to see the full specifications and price before jumping on board... Wonder if they'll finally upgrade the BBM app to become a complete SMS/MMS/Video messaging client...

70. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

why can't blackberry make good looking phones. "being corporate" doesnt mean "borring"

84. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

That's because there is NO hardware guy in BB anymore. All the phone designed and produced by FOXCON. PS: Apple designed their hardware, Foxcon just produced it, BUT in BB, Foxcon do all the work (designed and produced)

98. meanestgenius

Posts: 22282; Member since: May 28, 2014

Post the link where it states that BlackBerry doesn't design ANY of their devices that Foxconn produces...I'll wait... But you won't, because you're lying, as usual.

99. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Holy crap this guy is delirious.

100. meanestgenius

Posts: 22282; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're absolutely right, he is delirious.

102. meanestgenius

Posts: 22282; Member since: May 28, 2014

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-25461892 ---BlackBerry's deal with Foxconn. "Partnering with Foxconn allows BlackBerry to focus on what we do best - iconic design, world-class security, software development and enterprise mobility management - while simultaneously addressing fast-growing markets leveraging Foxconn's scale and efficiency that will allow us to compete more effectively." That's an excerpt from the article. Care to revise your statement?

103. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Kamehameha isn't a guy. She's an ugly chick named Samantha.

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