Chen: BlackBerry 10 "far from dead"; Android powered "Vienna" to launch in 2016

Chen: BlackBerry 10
BlackBerry CEO John Chen took over the Inside BlackBerry blog today to write that the BlackBerry 10 OS is far from dead. The executive notes that the platform will receive security and privacy enhancements in 2016. He adds that BlackBerry 10.3.3 will be certified for NIAP compliance, which means that it will pass the hardest government based security tests. Chen said that another update to BlackBerry 10 scheduled for this year will take the platform to 10.3.4, bringing even more security enhancements to the OS.

While this is all well and good for those rocking the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic or other BlackBerry 10 devices, new hardware loaded with the OS is not on the roadmap. Speaking of which, Chen says that when ready, BlackBerry will share its roadmap to media and consumers. He did say that another Android powered phone is coming this year. That most likely will be the BlackBerry Vienna.


Images of the Vienna show that it has a physical QWERTY on the bottom of the phone that is always available for use. In other words, the Vienna doesn't have a slider mechanism that covers up the keyboard when you're not using it. The pictures we have of the handset show that it doesn't have the premium build that the Priv has, so we expect it to be priced lower than the $699.99 that the device remains priced at. According to Chen, that price will be coming down, possibly as soon as next month.


source: BlackBerry via Crackberry

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14 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

There's still hope!

2. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Hopefully we'll get another high end BB10 handset between this year and the next.

10. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 663; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Blackberry's primary focus must be survival right now. I think Blackberry should release more Android handsets like Priv this year. From what you can read on the Internet, the Priv is an excellent phone and unique in the industry. If Blackberry updates the processor to SD820, I might buy one.

3. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Are you kidding me ? No devices , the major problem with BB10 devices is that most are heavily underpowered and underperforming that's why they didn't get much attention .. If a Snapdragon 61t device with 2 GB of ram , 13/5 MP cameras / 5 inch 720p or 5.5 720p with 2800 or 3300 mAh batteries on BB10 is released , you'd guarantee yourself a successful midranger

4. Subie

Posts: 2303; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I thought the Passport received lots of attention and had lots of computing power (sd801). The most innovative phone of 2014 IMO.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not sure what you mean "heavily underpowered and underperforming". The BB10 powered BlackBerry Passport is a beast when it comes to actual usage. And devices like the Classic and Z30 perform quite well. BB10 isn't as power hungry or resource hungry, and performs very well on lesser hardware.

11. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

It's evident you've never used a BB10 device. Otherwise you wouldn't have made that statement about underpowered and underperforming.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

While I am doubtful about seeing a new BB10 powered device this year, I'm hopeful that we will see one next year.

7. BobLawblaw unregistered

Imagine if Nokia had gone with Android like Blackberry has instead of Windows. One can dream I suppose..

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Yes Chen, Blackberry 10 is far from dead... It's FOSSILISED by YOU, my fine lad...

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

No it's not. Chen has done what he had to do in order to keep his hardware division viable. That's good business sense. He's not making decisions based on emotional ties.

12. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

One could hardly call the build of the Priv premium. It was a mostly plastic casing and the rear back panel flexed and gave in when it was pressed. It isn't premium.

14. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

This is good to know. As much as I like my Sony Xperia Z5 Premium I still think BB10 is a better OS than Android. Obviously app support is the main downside to BB10 but for me not so much.

15. peterpanp

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

To all doubters fooling themselves: fool.com: investing/general/2016/04/11/its-official-blackber​ry-10-is-dead.aspx "The writing has been on the wall for BlackBerry 10 for quite some time, and Chen has now conceded that there are no plans to launch BB10 devices in the future. The company will continue to support it and release updates for the beleaguered operating system, but this is the end of the road for BB10."

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