BlackBerry in talks to license its version of Android called "BlackBerry Secure"

BlackBerry in talks to license its version of Android called "BlackBerry Secure"
According to a report published today, BlackBerry has started the second phase of its licensing strategy. The first part was to sign licensing deals that allow other companies like TCL to design, produce, deliver and promote BlackBerry handsets. Under this plan, BlackBerry provides the software for phones like the DTEK60 and the BlackBerry KEYone while TCL handles the hardware.

The second phase also involves licensing. BlackBerry is in talks with global smartphone manufacturers to provide them with its secure version of the Android OS. The software is called BlackBerry Secure, which comes with all of the security features found in an Android-flavored BlackBerry smartphone.

In India, BlackBerry already has a deal for BlackBerry Secure with Optiemus. This is the company that recently launched in India the limited edition BlackBerry KEYone in black, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. Optiemus also has a 10-year hardware license with BlackBerry covering India, that is similar to the pact that both TCL and BB Merah Putih signed. The latter can use the BlackBerry name in Indonesia only, while TCL's license covers the rest of global market.

BlackBerry executive Alex Thurber says that India could be a huge market for BlackBerry Secure. He says that BlackBerry is very focused on the region as consumers there are becoming more interested in privacy, which could help drive more sales of BlackBerry smartphones powered by BlackBerry Secure.

source: ETTelecom

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