BlackBerry to release one or two new phones this year; both will run on Android

BlackBerry to release one or two new phones this year; both will run on Android
For those holding out some hope that new BlackBerry 10 handsets are coming, you have a better chance of winning tonight's Powerball jackpot of $500 million than seeing a new handset powered by BlackBerry's own operating system. Considering that the odds of winning that lottery are one in 292 million, what we are saying here is that BlackBerry plans to continue focusing on new phones powered by Android.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said at CES today that sales of the Android powered BlackBerry Priv have been strong enough to confirm that the company's decision to go with Android was the right one. "So far, so good," said the executive referring to Priv sales. "I'm cautiously optimistic," he added.

Chen sees at least one, and possibly two new BlackBerry handsets getting pushed out in 2016; both will be powered by Android. That is in addition to selling the Priv in 31 countries over the next few quarters. And as we told you earlier today, in the U.S. AT&T's exclusivity will soon end and the Priv will also be offered by T-Mobile, Verizon  and Sprint.

Handset sales this year are crucial in determining whether BlackBerry will keep the division. Chen has said that if BlackBerry doesn't turn a profit selling phones in 2016, he would sell off the business. The good news is that the boss is "confident in profitability this year."

As for BlackBerry 10, the company is getting a national security certification for the OS which would allow it to be employed by the government
and corporations. Still, no new BlackBerry 10 hardware is planned. The company will still offer the BlackBerry Passport and other recent BlackBerry 10 models like the BlackBerry Classic.

source: CNET

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  • Camera 18 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3410 mAh

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46 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bittersweet news. While I was definitely looking forward to a new BB10 handset this year, I am very happy that things are moving in the right direction and that BlackBerry will still be making smartphones, regardless of the OS. Should the Priv and their next Android offerings continue to move the needle in the right direction, we may see a new BB10 next year.

2. tonyv

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

yaaaaaaas! wish them lots of success.

3. Furbal unregistered

Allow the passport to move over to android please.

4. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

Damn it. I was waiting for a BlackBerry Priv running BBOS +10.4 :/

41. Losifer

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Me too.

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Make a Priv-like handset with removable battery instead of a slide out keyboard. Throw in an IR blaster, make it's camera perform top of the line (perhaps with Sony sensor), and make the price more reasonable. Then I might consider a BlackBerry device over the competition and finally purchase a local Canadian brand SmartPhone...can't ignore competition like the Moto X Pure just 'cause of branding.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hmm, very interesting, perhaps it's just the software part of the camera that needs fixing? 'Cause that explains why reviewers gave it a sub-par rating...or perhaps they've updated the software after those sub-par ratings.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

I do know that the camera software did in fact receive a software update along with many other Priv apps.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's no competition really. For $400 you get a good camera and that's saying a lot considering how awful Motorola cameras have been in the past, unlocked for all carriers, and no bloat. I see what you mean.

26. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Here you are. Trolling once again!

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Here you are making pointless comments again.

7. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Major bummer. Just as I feared, another fine OS being discontinued before reaching it's potential. Fewer choices not only sucks for customers, but competing r and d of the duopoly will slow. Not much could be done about it though.

10. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Priv 2 and classic 2

31. Hashed unregistered

A blackberry passport running nearly vanilla android would be great too.

20. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

BlackBerry is not even trying anymore.

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea they are. They are trying to stay relevant in the consumer market. Samsung is very relevant....running Android. LG, Moto, HTC....all to a certain extent are relevant too...running Android. I say this from time to time....you can give companies props for doing one of 2 things: Go down swinging with their orig idea, plan or go down swinging trying to do everything possible to stay relevant. I still give Palm props for trying to stick it out with WebOS. I give BB props if they woulda did the same with BB10. But I give them props for going Android too. (In the case of WebOS it was more shoddy hardware that did them in.)

23. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Come on BlackBerry, if you are going to stop supporting your own OS, at-least don't tell that to the whole world during early of the year that you are not less interest to continue developing your own OS, wasn't that even drive more developer away from you? If I remember clearly, last year you told us that you will still continue to support BlackBerry 10(even it is just a maintenance service), until now I would still hope for the BlackBerry 10 powered PRIV, guess that just a dream now.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

No where in this article or the source article did BlackBerry say that they are halting support on BB10, their own OS. Chen has already confirmed two updates coming for BB10 this year during the earnings call (10.3.3 and 10.4), as well seeking further certs for BB10, which was mentioned in this article.

27. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Sorry if I didn't explain it proper enough(Sorry again, my English is very bad), well in my opinion is that it's sound like they would no longer release any BlackBerry 10 device anymore, I mean since he told us that this year it will release 2 more Android device(which sound like there is no hope for any new BlackBerry 10 device to me). It does seem as there would no longer any new support for new device any longer(except for the legacy device)

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21798; Member since: May 28, 2014

If the Priv and other Android offerings from BlackBerry, I'm pretty sure will see a new BB10 handset sometime next year.

32. stevetruman

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 27, 2012

I would advise John Chen to make the newer models that he is releasing to have 30% of BB10 and 70% of Android or whatever the ratio is. Mostly I would have bought Priv only if it came with BB10.

33. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

DAMN YOU ANDROID... You consumed Symbian, Meego, Tizen and also Windows Phone to some extent... And now Blackberry 10... DAMN YOU ANDROID... Every sh!tty phone is running Android... The world needs a SAVIOUR... A CHANGE... A change you can believe in (

38. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I wanted to give this a thumbs up but your last line killed that.

36. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

I want a BB 10 smartphone

37. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I think most of us saw this coming once they hinted at making an Android phone. Only X factor was if it was gonna sell. If sells are as good as Chen claims.... BB10 might have seen its last days on consumer phones.

40. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And Nokia better hurry up and do their Android phone.

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