BlackBerry rumored to have plans for an Android powered Passport

BlackBerry rumored to have plans for an Android powered Passport
Images of a BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android 5.1 are rumored to be photographs of a prototype being developed by the company. According to the latest speculation, a version of the handset powered by Google's open source OS will be made available in the second quarter of 2016. The device would be known as the BlackBerry Passport 2.

There is a huge caveat however. The rumor states that BlackBerry will release the Android flavored Passport only if the BlackBerry Venice rings up some respectable numbers. This is the slider that has already leaked with Android on board. The Venice (which is just a code name for the model) is expected to be released in November, in time to reap the benefits from the holiday shopping season. All four major U.S. carriers will reportedly offer the model, which will also be available with BlackBerry 10 inside.

This past June, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that BlackBerry would build an Android phone only if it can be secure. "We only build secure phones, and BlackBerry is the most secure phone," said the executive. "So, if I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that." It appears that Chen's team has found a way to make Android secure.


source: 4gnews.pt (translated) via TudoCellular (translated)

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Passport
  • Display 4.5" 1440 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There goes the neighborhood.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Having a diverse portfolio may work for BB. It might make sense to concentrate on an Android offering at the carrier level, while keeping BB10 sales focused on enterprise and offered through the Blackberry shop as an exclusive.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Enterprise answer just seems like a copout answer to disguise the fact that blackberry isn't doing so well even with the "enterprise" segment.

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What do you mean? Blackberry is struggling in the consumer market. They do well in regards to enterprise software solutions. My thought is simply a brainstorm as to how they could up their hardware sales performance at the consumer level, but keep it as a separate offering from their enterprise hardware line of devices.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blackberry is struggling period. They do well in enterprise software yet they're still trying to stay afloat. That's the point I was making.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22055; Member since: May 28, 2014

Their HARDWARE division is the one having the trouble. Their software division is just fine and growing, as is QNX and their presence in the IoT. If BlackBerry stopped making phones tomorrow, they'd be in much better shape than they are today. And with 3.2 billion in the bank and BlackBerry having dominant positions in enterprise and the infotainment sector, what I just said is true. BlackBerry has multiple sources of revenue, not just hardware.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And yet they're still struggling. You can continue to spread your gospel about QNX and IoT until you're blue in the face. You're like a broken record. First you continue to say blackberry is doing just fine with the passport and noww you're saying it's their hardware division.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22055; Member since: May 28, 2014

Their hardware division is struggling, yes. Never once did I say otherwise. If I have, post the link proving it. I said SALES of the Passport were good, and that BlackBerry is financially doing better. I will continue to post about QNX and the IoT as well as BES 12, EMM and MDM solutions because that's where BlackBerry's strength lies. I don't care if it's beyond your limited capacity to understand. You're like a broken record coming onto every BlackBerry article talking about their hardware division as if they were HTC and have nothing else that's profitable or to fall back on. You need to move beyond your limited scope of reasoning and actually do some research outside of phonearena. And learn to spell. *Now only has one "w".

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22055; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed. Android for the consumer market. BB10 for the enterprise market and governments. Excellent stategy.

25. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Agree with you. All those enterprise & government were fully loaded with $$$, and they will valued security more than anything else. BB should sell BB10 device with a price tag US$1000+ or maybe US$2000+. Those enterprise & government will still buy it. and those BBdroid for those who 'want BB device' but can't afford it.

4. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

The keyboard is the problem here..... I don't care what OS it is running.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I make a comment on how blackberry articles get very heated sometimes with salty tears and PA authors probably have themselves a good laugh reading them and all of a sudden three blackberry articles pop up in the last 24 Hours. Coincidence lol?

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22055; Member since: May 28, 2014

Excellent strategy. Android for the consumer market, especially since that's what consumers want, far more so than even iOS. Oops. Maybe I shouldn't have said that. There may be a crybaby or two that takes offense to it, lol. To continue: And BB10 for enterprise and government. Those that think that this is some kind of "cop out" obviously don't understand that BB10 has more government certificates to function in high level places within governments than any other OS on the market. You also haven't a clue about business strategies. http://bizblog.blackberry.com/2012/11/blackberry-10-fips-certification/ BlackBerry would be foolish to give up on BB10 based on this fact alone, and therefore won't. They won't give up those government contracts that they have. It's better for them to just use a dual OS strategy, one for enterprise/governments, and one for consumers.

15. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Im so surprised that I didnt read yet: 'No one makes money with Android'; by the way I respect Blackberry, it had its times but those days are over, Id rather left LG to buy a BB.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22055; Member since: May 28, 2014

"I'd rather left LG to buy a BB". Um, what?

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Spanish syntax error. Even though he's just a Honduran kid, his punctuation is better than most of the native English speakers on this site.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22055; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's very true.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Hey come on, I I speak great English.

34. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

You don't not do speak well English. :)

19. shinywindow unregistered

I like my pp on bb10

23. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Having a dual boot option might be fun. For me though, if I want the Android experience I'd get one of the new Nexus phones coming. The Motorola Moto X play is also affordable and near stock Android. But with a unique phone like the Passport it's BB10 for me.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22055; Member since: May 28, 2014

Android on the Passport has been cancelled. I have it on good authority from a source that can't be named, for obvious reasons. It was tested at one point, but then scrapped.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Take everything you read with a grain of salt, especially when it really smells like bullcrap and has no references.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22055; Member since: May 28, 2014

Never believe everything you read. Especially when the biggest trolls on PA stand behind it simply because it was posted on the Internet.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You realize you just made yourself look like a big hypocrite?

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22055; Member since: May 28, 2014

You realize that you're the biggest hypocrite on phonearena?

30. abc_xyz

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

What passport needs is a fourth row for spacebar, make it a bit taller and give it 4 row keyboard like q10

31. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

too much leftover?

35. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

Blackberry has been working with Samsung and other companies on improving the security of Android. Why not monetize that work and sell your own phone? This would be in line with Chen's efforts to get Blackberry into the black financially and perhaps back into hardware relevance in the world of smartphones. I'm not saying BB10 isn't worth maintaining. I love my BB's! It was my first smartphone and is the only smartphone I've ever used. However, real world economics are at play here. To not adapt, like BB did a few yrs ago, would be the death knell for BB.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22055; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. I think BlackBerry should a two-OS tactic. Android for the consumer market, with as much as the "BlackBerry Experience" as possible, and BB10 for enterprise and governments, due to its secure nature and strong communication features. But I also think they should keep BB10 available to the consumers that want it, via shop.blackberry.com and amazon.com.

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