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

According to Re/Code, BlackBerry is planning to launch an Android smartphone this fall.
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41. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

But its still not a bad idea to make a secure android phone especially when your platform isn't doing that great. Even if it's not extremely secure, it can be marketed as one just like the iPhone. Yes, not every android OEM is successful but that should be seen as an opportunity. They should not let go a good opportunity.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's a bad idea, and it can be a costly one. Imagine this: BlackBerry, who is known for their security worldwide, makes an Android handset and then it gets hacked. Do you know what will happen to BlackBerry if that happens? How many of the lucrative government and DoD and NATO contracts do you think they would be able to hold onto? NONE. It would be too costly for them. Then, BlackBerry really would be out of business.

44. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

If BlackBerry maintains it as a separate entity then it should be okay.

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You can't get anything through that thick skull.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

No one asked for your opinion, you insignificant troll. Be quiet and know your place when grown folks are talking. There is not one point that I made that you can disprove.

72. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh just shut the f- up. We both agree that this would probably be an ok move and here you are getting so defensive.

75. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Tell your mother to shut the f-up. Calling someone defensive is your go-to line when you can't prove the points they make wrong. That's because you're an !Diot.

82. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're pathetic.

86. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you're an !Diot.

58. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

What? just a few hours back you have said that they may come up with a forked version of android...and I am trying to say why is not a bad idea. Are you against yourself?

59. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

He's against anything that isn't Apple/iOS.

71. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I was saying you can't get anything through that thick skull, I was referring to meanestnotgenius. Doesn't matter if you're making a good point, meanestnotgenius still disagrees to the teeth. That's what I meant.

76. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can disagree with anything I want. That's why it's called an OPINION. And I back up my statements with facts. What do you do besides troll?

81. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So when you do its an opinion, when I'm doing its trolling?

87. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes. And everyone knows it, including YOU.

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

It will carry BlackBerry's name on it. Public perception alone will kill them off if they did an all-Android handset and it got hacked. Look at what public perception has done to them now. There are people that actually believe BlackBerry doesn't make phones anymore.

60. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

That's your view and I respect it but I believe that having a separate project dedicated to android phones is a good idea...it's for those who liked BlackBerry and don't mind a more secure android phone. If they believe that calling it secure could tarnish their reputation then they should just call it an android phone which was built with privacy in mind and its difficult to collect your data just like in ios.

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

CALLING it secure wouldn't tarnish their reputation. Making an Android phone, calling it secure, and then it getting HACKED (and it will, just like Blackphone did) is what will tarnish their reputation in environments that need secure devices that only BB10 and BBOS7.x can provide. I respect your opinion and views as well. Glad we could debate about this in a civil manner.

67. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I absolutely agree with you that bb is known for security but I feel that they don't have a choice..it would be interesting to see what they do. I like their never give up attitude.

68. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. Their never-say-die attitude is quite admirable. It will indeed be interesting to see what they do.

80. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The devices dont even have to be aimed at or intended for govt, corporations. Have like a big disclaimer saying Not for corproate, govt use. I understand doing that could cause confusion with their brand tho. BB should just contniue to focus on govt, corporatations. Some computer manufactures do and they are fine. Some desktop OS's too. Linux is heavily used in servers.

57. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Without FIPS certification, it's not secure. Android is incapable of that level of security which is why Knox failed and the Blackphone failed. Even OS10 doesn't have the security layers that BB Legacy OS has which is why heads of state and high-level CEOs still carry Bold 9900s. I wish it was more complicated than that but it really is that simple.

8. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

BlackBerry doesn't realize that Android is now the Windows of the smartphone world, and in a bad way. They can't possibly expect to make much profit with the intense competition of dozens of manufactures(especially Samsung). And they will also risk their reputation of security dealing with an operating system that is well known for lack of security and privacy. Good luck for them.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Which is exactly why I don't believe any of this. Will BlackBerry get full Google Mobile Services? Yes, I believe so. Will they go full-on Android? I highly doubt it. BlackBerry is also very aware of the intense competition in Android. They are better off trying to make a profit with their own OS(which they actually do), than compete in the Android arena. BlackBerry knows this.

61. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

who need who? bb need google google noneed bb without android, bb dead without bb, android no dead if bb canot make good android bb is no good no good = dead

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Who needs your trolling? BlackBerry doesn't need Google or any other vendor in the market it's focused on: enterprise, government and regulated industries. If Google didn't require any help from BlackBerry, then why is BlackBerry securing Google's own enterprise offering? BlackBerry has survived for years without Android, and will continue to do so. By your logic, HTC, Motorola and Sony, as well as the plethora of ultra low end Android vendors are about to be extinct. Take an ESL class. Your English is horrible.

66. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Who need education? You need Berlitz. Without GED, no job. Without job, you sell bananas.

69. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Rotflmao!!

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm not buying the whole "BlackBerry going Android" thing. For now, it's just a rumor. What I do believe is that we will soon see a BlackBerry with full access to Google Mobile Services.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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