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New renders of Android flavored BlackBerry Venice slider surface

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New renders of Android flavored BlackBerry Venice slider surface
Early last month, renders of the BlackBerry Venice were discovered. One image showed what the device would look like with the QWERTY slider closed, while the other showed the phone in both black and white with the QWERTY opened. Today, we get to view three new renders, including one that visualizes what BlackBerry Hub will look like on Android. Remember, the Venice could be the first 'Berry to use Google's open source OS to run the entire handset. Back in June, blogger Eldar Murtazin said that the device would be powered by Android and carry BlackBerry Services. One render of the handset showed Android icons on the home screen, including one for the Google Play Store.

Another render that appeared today shows the inside build of the rear camera. The image confirms earlier rumors that said the phone would be equipped with an 18MP rear-facing camera. The render hints that the camera will come with phase detection AF. The snapper will most likely employ OIS like the rear camera on the Passport does. The last render reveals that the Venice will support Chromecast. While BlackBerry 10 doesn't really support the feature, Android does, of course.

While much of the information about the device is still covered up and is unknown, early word is that the BlackBerry Venice will be available this November via AT&T and T-Mobile. The rest of the specs include a 5.4-inch screen with curved glass on both sides and a 1440 x 2560 resolution. The Snapdragon 808 SoC is under the hood, with a hexa-core CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside.

If BlackBerry does get the Venice out by November, Santa might end up with a ton of these in his bag to give out on Christmas.

source: Crackberry

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posted on 08 Aug 2015, 22:27 1

1. legiloca (Posts: 1461; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

So curious how much financial jump would BlackBerry get after releasing this beast..

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 23:57 9

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

Nothing, and they might further fall.

BlackBerry would never generate a profit from Android. Most of Android manufacturers are currently losing money.
BlackBerry must stick with BB10 , even they have a very narrow fan base. Because, they might lose the rest of fans due to that decision.

We already have thousands of Android brands.
We need more choices and BB10 proved to be a great OS!

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 00:11 2

7. legiloca (Posts: 1461; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

I'm not saying anything that BB should stop the BB OS and go with Android.. This is like Nokia doing Android (although it's half-assed) while still making windows phones

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 04:51 2

10. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)

I think they could offeer android device but must with competitive price. current price with BB10 device is too expensive for average joe.

BUT, they should also offer device with BB10 with premium price. Because corporate, government and enthusiast (meanestgenius, bernouli, and a bald guy in his icon) will and can afford premium price.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 07:01 6

12. meanestgenius (Posts: 16618; Member since: 28 May 2014)

In other words:

"BB10 device too expensive for me. I can only afford sub-$100 Android."

There. I fixed your post for you.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 23:34 2

21. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2101; Member since: 29 May 2014)

Wacky Wahu! You're finally back I see! Can't wait until you're gone again!

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 22:32

2. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)

Is this life? ..... If the price right this is so on my Christmas list.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 22:40 5

3. meanestgenius (Posts: 16618; Member since: 28 May 2014)

As I have recently said, IF these rumors turn out to be true, I hope BlackBerry sells enough of these to fill several aircraft carriers to the hilt...I just won't be getting one.

Now, the BB10 version, I will definitely purchase! ;)

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 22:44 1

4. Mattbssr (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)

It doesn't seem to be real! :/
Still waiting for the lumia 940 xl...

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 22:52 2

5. gaming64 (unregistered)

Please no edges.

posted on 10 Aug 2015, 08:10

24. An.Awesome.Guy (Posts: 410; Member since: 12 Jan 2015)

Oh I hope they won't do it.
Do you remember old TVs that had 4 edges back in the last century .
I hope that old fashion doesn't come back.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 00:41 1

8. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

I loved the design of the blackberry torch. If the price was right I would maybe consider this.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 02:46 1

9. lakki369 (Posts: 114; Member since: 10 Apr 2015)

By November.. WTF..??
They could fit in Snap 820 init by that time...!!!
Anyways.. Nice looking device...!!

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 04:52 1

11. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)

They should!!!

All their device with Snapdragon S4 Pro is really underpower. Only 30GFlops GPU combined with not the best efficient CPU.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 07:38 1

13. saenaedewe (Posts: 72; Member since: 01 May 2013)

I would really love to try this one

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 11:21

14. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Hope this comes to market...

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 18:47

15. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Only Samsung making money on android. However, their profits shrink every year. Their flagships keep getting more expensive and less of an upgrade. Ultimately, they can't convince everybody to dump last years flagship for this years.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 21:07 1

20. Chuck007 (Posts: 1306; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)

Sadly, this is true. If the rumored performance of the SD620 is accurate, there'd be little incentive to get flagship devices unless all you care about is specs.

Why is Apple such a success? Because it's a fashion device. Are there any Android devices that share the same identity? Not by a long shot. Samsung kept on trying to market itself as being all hip and bad-arse (all those anti-Apple ads come to mind) but they're still failing miserably on that front.

SD620 phones are going to cost less than 400USD across the board and the Nexus 5 (2015) is going to show everyone that's all you need for years to come. Android will most possibly "dominate" the market based on value devices alone.

Only people who are nostalgic like me will ever consider getting this Blackberry phone. Chances of this phone pulling them out of the red is next to nil.

posted on 10 Aug 2015, 03:33 2

22. meanestgenius (Posts: 16618; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Check BlackBerry's latest quarterly financials. They are no longer in the red.

I agree with you about this device being a hard sell, though.

posted on 10 Aug 2015, 07:31

23. ROLZARN (Posts: 24; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)

the phone will have 15x9 aspect ratio, like Meizu 4.. hmm.. seems like the phone with a curve screen wont work really good.. i hope they change it and just put 2.5D glass..

if this will continue to be an android device.. then Chen is very coward to have fight with other manufactures.

posted on 10 Aug 2015, 09:38 2

25. meanestgenius (Posts: 16618; Member since: 28 May 2014)

While I am not a fan of the (rumored) decision for BlackBerry to make an Android handset, BlackBerry making a Android handset does not show cowardice. It shows intelligence. BB10 cannot currently go head to head with Android or iOS in the consumer market due to the perceived app gap, the perception that specs means the best user experience, and the bad wrap that BlackBerry is still having to fight off due to the ineptitude of prior management. These reasons, coupled with the fact that people stay locked into ecosystems once they're comfortable with them, makes it very difficult for BlackBerry to compete in the consumer market using BB10. There is also a horrendous effort at marketing done by BlackBerry, so most people don't even know of BB10 or what it can do or that it even exists.

Ecosystems are very important to the average consumer, and BlackBerry has a pitiful ecosystem in the consumer market. Their ecosystem is with security and enterprise, both of which mean little to nothing to the average consumer. BlackBerry currently has no choice but to "fight fire with fire" they wish to compete in the consumer market.

posted on 10 Aug 2015, 10:58 2

26. ablopez (Posts: 235; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)

Very well said, MG. Am I missing something, or does going Android not make sense? I'm assuming it's going to be a forked version, so if that's true, what's the point of going Android if BB10 already has the Amazon App Store? It would only make sense if it somehow supports Google Play Services AND BlackBerry somehow found a way to keep it secure.

BTW, I hate to say this, but I'm kinda liking all the MG vs Mxylpltk battles on every BlackBerry post. It keeps me entertained. I'd comment more but you don't need any help lol.

posted on 11 Aug 2015, 04:17 2

28. meanestgenius (Posts: 16618; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Ablopez! Long time no hear from, my friend!

I am, if anything, entertaining, lol.

I agree. It would only make sense for BlackBerry to go Android if Google Mobile Services are supported, especially since one can already download and run Android apps via the Amazon app store.

Great hearing from you again, my friend!

posted on 10 Aug 2015, 23:35

27. ROLZARN (Posts: 24; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)

If his not??? Then why to go Android..

Android got games and in order to port apps, you really need google services.. Thats why he's going Android

posted on 11 Aug 2015, 04:23 2

29. meanestgenius (Posts: 16618; Member since: 28 May 2014)

BlackBerry making an Android handset (if rumors are true), still does not make Chen a coward. It's not like they're giving up on BB10 and throwing it in the trash bin, they're using it as a means to an end. Nothing more. BlackBerry will still be making BB10 flavored handsets. It's really not hard to understand.

And no, having Google Mobile Services isn't the only way to "port" apps for BlackBerry. All BB10 handsets running OS 10.2.1 or higher have the Amazon App Store preinstalled. I also have 1Mobile Market, another Android store that has 1.2 million Android apps, installed on my BlackBerry Passport. No Google Services required.

posted on 12 Aug 2015, 05:41 1

31. An.Awesome.Guy (Posts: 410; Member since: 12 Jan 2015)

Just in case you didn't know.
1Mobile Market does have great number of apps but it also does have some apps that are spyware and viruses.
So it will be better to download an antivirus like avast that will detect them all.
Of course there are other appstores than Google Play that are totally safe like Amazon, Slide me or F-droid.

posted on 12 Aug 2015, 06:09 1

32. meanestgenius (Posts: 16618; Member since: 28 May 2014)

I'm aware of the dangers of 1Mobile Market. BlackBerry Guardian does a great job of detecting malware, viruses and such when loading Android apk's. It scans the Android apk's before it's installed onto your BB10 handset.

Thanks for the heads up, though. Much appreciated.

posted on 11 Aug 2015, 11:44

30. cc2400 (Posts: 63; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)

that is one sexy phone

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