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New BlackBerry Venice leak hints that BlackBerry 10 could be used as an Android skin

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New BlackBerry Venice leak hints that BlackBerry 10 could be used as an Android skin
A tweet from Evan Blass might reveal the plan that BlackBerry has in regards to Android flavored 'Berry handsets. A GIF posted inside the tweet (which we've embedded as a YouTube video) shows the BlackBerry Productivity Suite running on the BlackBerry Venice slider. The Productivity Suite is one of three such suites that will run on BlackBerry handsets. The other two are the BlackBerry Communication Suite and BlackBerry Security Suite.

The Productivity Suite includes BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, BlackBerry Contacts, Documents To Go and Universal Search. The Productivity Suite appears to be included with the Android ROM used on the Venice. This makes it appear as though BlackBerry's version of Android will come with a skin that includes features from BlackBerry 10.

For both Android and BlackBerry fans, this is getting more and more interesting with each leak. As Evan Blass notes on his tweet, the Venice is no stock Android phone. Even the most die-hard Android fan might think it more productive to have a BlackBerry 10 based UI running on top of Android than say, TouchWiz.

Sill, nothing has been confirmed yet, and even the Venice slider is just a pipe dream until BlackBerry makes it official.




source: @evleaks via Crackberry

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posted on 22 Aug 2015, 22:37 7

1. Fallen1 (Posts: 285; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


Just hope they release it this year...

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 23:44 3

7. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Looking forward to see it :)

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 00:19 7

12. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1617; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I'm sorry but you actually believe that video was the real deal? The font they used was absolutely horrendous. It was the equivalent of using Comic Sans for an ad video.

Blackberry has always used the same font style across the board.

Here is actually a video discussing the Blackberry Suite which was released for Android devices:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25_N4uRmtf4

You can clearly see the quality is miles above the supposed "leaked" video. Even very short videos that Blackberry produces uses the same font styles. It looks nowhere near as horrible as the one above.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 00:26 1

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 16184; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You're speaking too much logic Dr. Phil. But some people here believe anything simply because it's on the Internet.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 02:09

20. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Do you mean the whole story is fake?

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 03:37

23. ibend (Posts: 6615; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


they never officially say they will release android slider or something like that, everything is just roumor actually :-/
BB will only make android device if:
1. they find a way to secure it
or
2. they really desperate

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 01:39 1

18. mmmanuuu (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Blackberry with their rock solid premium build quality and the freedom of android is a sweet wedding that could eat sammys sales a lot. Blackberry could turn out to be the apple of android.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 03:48

26. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Honestly. I kind of doubt that. Just like people who think all Nokia has to do is make an Android phone with their hardware and tada! Magic. That isn't how it works. Especially in a world where their brands don't carry any where near the weight they once did, and they won't have the marketing capital to compete. Viral campaigns like what one plus has done work for lower priced phones, but in the high end realm that's a bit of a different story.

Maybe they can. But Android is HYPER competitive. They have Samsung and Huawei on the high end who are absolutely eating up flagship sales, the low end is bombarded by flash in the pan Chinese companies and in the mid range you have low price flagship monsters like the 1 + 2, Xiaomi (anything), LG and Motorola.

While I'm not saying blackberry can't succeed, I really doubt they'll turn into a sales monster that is putting high amounts of pressure on Samsung. Maybe if this was two or three years ago, but not in the modern world where market saturation and downward pressure among other things is killing Android manufacturers.

I could certainly see that happening to a degree with power users and niche physical keyboard fans, but I'm not so sure when it comes to the ordinary person. Blackberries work oriented phones may not hold enough sway to truly compete with gorgeous devices like the Galaxy S6, Note 5, and the iPhone 6 (though the Venice does look REALLY good). They'll have to offer devices that are superior in nearly every way and better designed. Aesthetics hold more importance than they ever did before.

Don't get me wrong, I would absolutely love to see more competitors offering products that are doing well because it's better for us in the end. But, I'm just unsure how realistic that is with today's market. Even with a previous Titan like BlackBerry. I don't mean to be pessimistic at all, just saying precaution is warranted before we get overjoyed.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 08:30 2

31. Admonisher (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)


I don't expect iPhone or Galaxy level sales, but all they need is to sell a few more million devices to reach the break even target of 10 million phones a year.
BB is in the middle of a turnaround and they are focusing heavily on software services in several industries (Medical, Automotive, IoT, cryptography, EMM, Secure Voice, WatchDox document security, AdHoc emergency communications, etc).

BlackBerry is in better shape today than many struggling Android manufacturers like HTC. HTC is facing fierce competition from Chinese phone makers... sales are tanking and, unlike BlackBerry, they have nothing else to fall back on other than hardware. The only value HTC has today is their cash reserves... HTC's other assets and real-estate are worthless to investors.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 09:59

38. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Thats the exact point I was making though, a few million in today's climate is unbelievably difficult. Apple is more dominant than it's ever been before in the realm of high end devices, and even Samsung is fighting mightily to gain traction. That's in the context of them having a larger war chest then practically every other Android manufacturer combined. And as you just noted, the lower end is becoming more difficult by the day due to a relentless onslaught of flash in the pan Chinese manufacturers, and truly great low priced products like the Alcatel One Touch idol too, Asus zenfone 2, moto G

I don't really see any reason that Blackberry would be doing much better than HTC or Sony.

Let me explain.

Sure, they have secure software and the best physical keyboard in the business.... But, I'm highly skeptical that is going to be enough to do much of anything in a world where Samsung and Apple are basically a duopoly in the only segment that really matters in terms of profits, the high end. Being a company that relies on high volume is extraordinarily difficult in today's climate. Which is why Samsung for example is in the middle of pivoting the way it is.

I guess what I'm saying is, although I see the appeal for so called power users, I don't really see what would make them a company with strong and enticing differentiation for more casual consumers.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 10:33 2

40. Admonisher (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)


If HTC stops making hardware, they are totally out of business. If BlackBerry stops making phones, they still will be in business selling software and services... that's the point I was making. There is no Future in Hardware, even Apple knows this.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 10:36 1

42. meanestgenius (Posts: 16184; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Totally agree. That's also the same point that I have repeatedly made here.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 11:07

44. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Ignore my other response. I pressed the post button by accident, PA has NO way to edit posts on mobile and my goddamn laptop absolutely REFUSED to cooperate in time -_- I was in the middle of changing that entire post smh. And now I don't have time to argue my point or clarify -_- Well... the debate would have been fun. Have a good day Mr/Miss Reprimander!

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 11:25

45. Admonisher (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)


It would have been fun -_- Mr.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 08:43

33. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Huawei is high end?

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 09:40

36. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Huawei sells phones at the same price point that Apple and Samsung do. Whether or not you or I consider their phones to be worthy of that Price is kind of a relevant. My point was, they compete at that level and the sell very high numbers in China. They don't sell as many on the high end as Apple and Samsung do, but they have moved more flagships than LG, HTC, or Sony this year.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 09:41

37. TerryTerius (unregistered)


Huawei sells phones at the same price point that Apple and Samsung do. Whether or not you or I consider their phones to be worthy of that Price is kind of a relevant. My point was, they compete at that level and the sell very high numbers in China. They don't sell as many on the high end as Apple and Samsung do, but they have moved more flagships than LG, HTC, or Sony this year.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 17:18

55. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I stopped reading after Huawei and high end?

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 09:28

35. shinywindow (unregistered)


I sure hope ur right. I love my passport but would love some more android integration and widgets would be nice.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 22:45 3

2. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


I'd still rather pure blackberry, which is mostly the point.

posted on 22 Aug 2015, 23:51 7

8. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


You sound like another broken record. The pure blackberry you'd still rather "have" hasn't been doing so well.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 03:47 2

25. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Zzzz. Bored of trolling yet?

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 08:43

32. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


He's got a point.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 09:00 2

34. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Uhh no.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 14:33

47. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Just because you don't have a proper response doesn't mean I'm trolling.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 19:02 2

57. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Give up dude, you're spent lol. My point was that i wanted pure BB, and since you like only what you like and no one else should then you go and personally attack me while hugley contradicting your self in that whole comment. Good work kid, stay in school.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 19:27 2

60. meanestgenius (Posts: 16184; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Indeed! Mxy only likes what he likes and only sees his point of view and attacks any other person that sees differently, and yet he accuses others of what he does constantly.

posted on 24 Aug 2015, 16:37

62. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Now if this isn't the biggest contradicting comment then I don't know what is.

posted on 24 Aug 2015, 20:29 1

70. meanestgenius (Posts: 16184; Member since: 28 May 2014)


It's definitely not. It's an extremely accurate description of you.

posted on 24 Aug 2015, 16:36

61. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Let me break it down for you because I think you're having trouble comprehending. You said you wanted the actual blackberry but you also said "which is the point." To which is why I said blackberry itself isn't doing well with just their own offerings.

I can't draw a picture in crayons I'm afraid.

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