BlackBerry rumored to launch a slider phone based on Android this fall

BlackBerry rumored to launch a slider phone based on Android this fall
According to Reuters, BlackBerry is planning to launch an Android smartphone this fall. Although modern BlackBerry smartphones have the ability to install Android apps, insider sources quoted by the publication claim that, in a few months, Blackberry will actually sell a smartphone that runs Android out of the box, instead of the company's own Blackberry 10 OS.

Although Reuters has a very good track record on reporting upcoming products, it's probably best to digest this new info with a dose of the proverbial grain of salt.

Back in March at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, BlackBerry briefly teased on stage an upcoming slider phone with a physical keyboard that slides from below a dual-edge display. At the time, many assumed that this is going to be a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, but Re/Code says that the handset might actually turn out to be the company's first Android phone.


Interestingly, the sources said that BlackBerry is now considering to become an Android manufacturer in an attempt to promote BES12, the company's device management solution. Aimed at enterprises and governments, BES12 can remotely manage smartphones, but although it's BlackBerry software, the solution can also manage Android, iOS, and Windows Phone smartphones.

Reuters argues that the upcoming Android-based slider will be BlackBerry's way of convincing large customers that its device management software is effective across all major mobile platforms, not just on BlackBerry 10, which currently accounts for a meager 1 percent of the smartphone market. 

Once the leading smartphone manufacturer in the world, BlackBerry seems to have mutated in a company that puts a lot of focus on its software. After launching BlackBerry Messenger, an iconic app for BlackBerry OS, on both Android and iOS, the company recently made a significant number of job cuts to its device unit. 

A recent leak shows that BlackBerry might be working on a redesigned BlackBerry Passport version codenamed Oslo. Most previously thought that the Oslo will be launched with BlackBerry 10 on board. However, if this Reuters report turns out to be accurate, it would be entirely unfathomable for Oslo to be an Android version of the Passport. What do you guys think?

source: Reuters

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88 Comments

1. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

WOW. It's about time bb dump their failed and bad os and use what people want

3. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Who says they're dumping BB10? The only thing failed amd bad here is your attempt at trolling.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

Ask the heads of state, governments and regulated industries, along with enterprise if BB10 is a "failed" OS. What's "failed" is your ability to comprehend anything beyond your tiny little world.

25. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

“We don’t comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched,” said the company in an email. What does "we remain committed to the Blackberry 10 operating system" mean to you? However, I do think it would be interesting if they offered a dual-booting device. They would be able to sell it to those that want an Android device while also pleasing those that still like Blackberry 10. It might even get those who like Android a chance to try BB10 OS.

26. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Android = fail

36. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It doesnt even freakin' related to Android you stupid retarded idiotic troll!

37. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well i stand corrected,but youre still atroll

50. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

And yet your profile says you own the Note 3.

55. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

He's an android fan trying to generate more Apple haters.

83. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Groupie girl = fail. So quit being my groupie already. Its creeping me out now.

42. samsboy unregistered

I will buy any dual sim Blackberry phone. Not fun of keyboards. Let them launch Z40 with a dual sim version and I will be the first to buy. From then, I will use Blackberry phones for life.

70. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

im not a fanboy but my fav OS is WP... but currently using a Nexus 5... I can tell u that BB10 is not a bad OS, in fact its far superior than the others imo, only problem is their image and app offering...

2. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Boy! You guys suuuuuuuuure are late to the party PA! Cue incoming trolls like Pretzyld!ck and the like in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're already here.

84. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Like I said… Pretzyld!ck is here to troll! Right on cue! So predictable.

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I was going to buy the slider if it ran BB10, but not if it runs Android. I just wanted something modem running BB10 that I could use as a full touchscreen device. (The beauty of a slider is the PKb never has to be used.)

6. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

"(The beauty of a slider is the PKb never has to be used.)" uhh...... or they could still come out with a full touch model follow up that we don't know of yet eh?

17. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I'm good with that, too, but the slider has been talked about on Crackberry since it was shown off. Full touchscreens with flagship specs have only been rumored. I like BB10, but I'm just not a PKb guy, nor have I ever been.

5. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

Stubborn Blackberry!! They don't wanna give up so easily!

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think have if they're going the android route.

79. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

One of the absolute few times you will see me agreeing with this guy. But I agree...lol Not so much given up but just like Nokia you tried a certain way and it just isnt working anymore...if this is true. Its still amazing how far Android has come. I never thought it was that big of an underdog until I joined forums back in 2010. The year I got my first Android phone...Droid 1.

85. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Or Pretzyld!ck, they could be doing a dual OS strategy. But kind of thinking is above your sorely limited intellect.

7. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

They should make a high end phone with custom android rom and try to market it as the most secure android device in the market.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well they could go Amazon route and use a forked version of android.

14. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Yeah... And they should focus more on privacy and security.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

Android doesn't have the security certs needed for BlackBerry to have their devices used by governments. I doubt they will go full Android, or even "skinned" Android. They would lose their biggest clients.

30. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

They don't have to discontinue all their products and services to make an android phone. The android device doesn't need to be BlackBerry's only phone in the market, its just another option for those who prefer android.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

It would currently be a waste of BlackBerry's resources to make both BB10 handsets and Android handsets.

35. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Blackberry isn't doing great today, android is getting more popular and people are taking privacy more seriously than ever before... So this is the right time for them to make a highly secure forked android phone.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

Android isn't the savior of everyone. Currently, only Samsung is making any real profit with Android, and even they have seen a slump in profits with Android. Look at Motorola, HTC and Sony's mobile division: all bleeding cash with their Android approach. The Chinese OEM's aren't doing so well, either. Sure, they move a whole lot of handsets, but their profit margins are razor thin AT BEST. Look at the Amazon Fire Phone: forked Android and less than 50,000 units moved. Android also isn't a secure thing by nature. Look at the "secure Android phone", Blackphone: HACKED in under FIVE MINUTES. At least with BlackBerry, even though they sell very little handsets, they make a profit off of each and every one sold. Their ASP's were UP last earnings report. And BlackBerry may not be doing great HARDWARE wise (phones), but they are in excellent shape as far as their software and other services are concerned. They are still the LEAD EMM vendor in enterprise, larger than their next 3 competitors combined. Their BES 12 software can manage more devices than any other MDM provider. They even just gained approval for trial runs with Nato's German branch.

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