BlackBerry registers - BlackBerry Android phones incoming?

BlackBerry registers - BlackBerry Android phones incoming?
Last month, BlackBerry CEO John Chen talked about Android smartphones, saying that his company would launch one only if it would manage to make it "secure enough." Fast forward to today, when we found out that BlackBerry recently registered the and domain names.

The new domain names were registered via corporate domain name registrar MarkMonitor, but, as the screenshot seen below is showing, they actually belong to BlackBerry Limited. This obviously makes us think that BlackBerry can, and will make secure Android smartphones, though for now the company isn't confirming anything.

It's said that BlackBerry is readying two Android smartphones for later this year. The first one, codenamed BlackBerry Prague and expected to be launched as soon as August, should be an entry-level model in the style of the BlackBerry Z3. The second BlackBerry Android smartphone, codenamed Venice, should be a high-end one, offering features like a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry Venice (allegedly seen in the renders below) might be released this November.

It looks like smartphone users like the idea of Android-powered BlackBerry handsets. Now it's up to the Canadian company to deliver attractive devices.

source: The Domains via N4BB




Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

Just bring blackberry hub, and the app home screen switching to the new android phones. Some blackberry style icons wouldnt hurt either as long as they are tweaked to material design.

17. waddup121 unregistered


2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think at this point it's so obvious unless blackberry is trolling themselves.

28. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

With android blackberry phone passport, classic, and all old bb with bad OS price value will be zero

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Your comments have zero value if you think a two year old OS is old.

3. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

What am i gonna do now? I currently own s6 (non edge) because i find it way more comfortable to hold after using the edge for a few days, a Note 4, a Sony Z3 , an iPhone 5s , and an Lg G2. Now i will sell away most of these phones , but i am too confused on what to buy. iPhone 6s for sure , Note 5 for sure , S6 Edge + ..maybe , Blackberry Venice running android for sure. but eventually itll be a waste of money . what to do? also not to mention some amazing phones which i expect to come as well like a Nexus 5 (2015) ,Droid turbo - 2.0 , Spec monster Xioami Mi5. I am just gonna go crazy !!!

8. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Continue using your old phones, note 4, s6 and 5S are still very good phones.

22. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Rich people problems :)

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*grabs popcorn * Since blackberry articles tend to get heated more than a congressional debate

5. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

"Your opinion is wrong therefore you are gay." - Most fanboy arguments in a nutshell.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22754; Member since: May 28, 2014

But not quite as much as iOS related articles.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pretty sure blackberry articles get more heated.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22754; Member since: May 28, 2014

They definitely do not. Just look at the number of comments each respective article generates to see.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol...indeed. I will try not to post tho....just read with a smile on my face....

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22754; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry is definitely either making an Android handset, or they will now have Google Play Services installed on BlackBerry handsets. Will be interesting to see which one it turns out to be.

11. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I want BB device running Android. It will be amazing.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Seems a lot of Android fans do.

14. Furbal unregistered

I'd take native google play services. BBOS itself is fine how it is.

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yeah, other than apps, Android adds no value, but it does subtract value. Owning both BB10 and Android devices, everything Android does, BB10 does as well, or better, but Android is by no means as secure or as productivity focused.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's because in its simplest form Android is just an operating software that's open. Blackberry is built for productivity and security.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with you 100%.

29. elucidate

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Long time Android user here. When when my last keyboarded Android needed replacing, I toyed with a BlackBerry but dismissed it for lack of compatibility with Google Play Services. I'd be happy to use BBOS if it is compatible with all Android apps.

9. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

BlackBerry 10 devices already run android on the side. O.S 10.3.1 runtime is android 4.3. Next step is adding the option of google play services support.  Superior user interface, universal search, shortcuts and easy access to all the apps. Can't wait for their next step. 

18. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Businesses aren't allowed to offer google play services and total android support unless they pay royalties and display the android logo.

10. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

It would be nice to have a BB device powered by Android.

13. houston101

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

go go blackberry

15. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Good. Now bring us the ultimate 6" combo of a Playbook + Note killer device and just call that the Blackberry PDA. Trust me that name alone will reel 'em in and break the deck. FHD, SD808, good IP ratings or MIL STD, 4000mAh batt then name your price.

23. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

I wanna see both a BB running Android and a BB running BBOS with Google Play Services.

27. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

BBOS with Google Play Service is a dream will not coming true.

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