Poll results: Would you get a new BlackBerry if it ran Android?

Poll results: Would you get a new BlackBerry if it ran Android?
The BB10 mobile OS can already run some Android apps, but BlackBerry is recently in the crosshairs of rumor mongers with the speculation that it is prepping a phone with Android as the stock operating system. The device is allegedly codenamed Venice internally, and, again eventually, is said to be a slider of sorts. The handset is said to come with options to be either an Android, or a BB10 device, according to the user's preferences.

For the most parts, emulating Android apps hasn't been a seamless experience on BB10, so having a full-fledged Android device might return the spotlight on BlackBerry again. Yesterday, a picture by a BlackBerry developer leaked out, allegedly showing a BlackBerry Passport running an Android build. The phone's model is denoted as BlackBerry Passport SQW-ANDS, with the last letters apparently indicating an Android version of the handset.

Where there's smoke, there could be fire as well, that is why we asked you last week whether you would be interested to get a new BlackBerry handset if it ran Android. After all, the rumors are for flagship specs like a QHD display, and a Snapdragon 808 chipset, which might be one more thing to tip the scale for a switch. Surprisingly enough, more than two thirds of our respondents are willing to give BlackBerry the benefit of the doubt, with just a third categorically saying no to the premise.

Would you get a new BlackBerry if it ran Android?




1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

OF COURSE! If the price is right.....Not some delusional underspec'd piece of garbage

37. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I dont know, Blackberry need to get rid of the QWERTY keyboard, i dont think she will going to do well with that keyboard no matter what operation system.

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

The pkb is how BlackBerry differentiates and is here to stay. It's also what the market that BlackBerry sells to is asking for.

61. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This went downhill fast.

72. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

OMG. Hell yeah. If the vertical slider version had a 5.0-5.5" 1080p screen, 801+/600+ processor, 3 GB+ RAM, 32 GB+ Storage, and was priced around $500 I would sell my OnePlus One, and my BLU Studio Energy and I'd throw cash at my screen until it popped out. A $500 price tag couldn't be that unattainable being that OnePlus, Asus, and Alcatel are all selling phones similar for $250-300....

2. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Depends on the design and whether they could get their imaging chops together. From a visual and usability perspective bb10 is pretty sweet

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

If it's a flagship like the Venice, then a big YES from me.

4. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

In real world at least 90% will say no.

15. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

as compared to which world again? and before you answer think about this, is the other world fake.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

I still say HELL NO. If I want an Android phone, I will buy a smartphone from Samsung or LG or Motorola or any number of the plethora of Android OEM's out there. And I can guarantee you that MOST, if not all, of the individuals in the BlackBerry community feel the same way, especially the BB10 users. As I have repeatedly said: If BlackBerry were to go Android, what guarantees are there that they would make any money from this venture? And Android users, please don't give me the typical fanboy response Androids dominance in the consumer space, especially when said dominance is belongs mostly to Samsung. There are a plethora of Android vendors out there, with a lot of them putting out good handsets, and yet, Android users overwhelmingly choose Samsung. Why would it be any different of BlackBerry entered the fray? Android is clearly NOT the answer for everyone's smartphone woes. Just ask Motorola, HTC, and Sony. All of these companies were once the "go to" Android smartphone vendor. Not anymore, as they are all in the red. And SERIOUSLY, even though the majority of the respondents voted yes, how many of you would ACTUALLY buy a BlackBerry handset running Android, complete with uber specs? I guarantee you the reality would be very different from these poll results.

6. Osama99

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

You could have only written the last paragraph mate.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

You could have just not read what I typed, "mate".

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Agreed. Just get to the point.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

Get off me, troll. Just because you and the other village !Diot in comment #6 have a reading disability, does not mean I'm going to dumb down what I have to say.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be salty. I didn't say anything about dumbing down your comment. Apparently what he said must be true.

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

In order for the two of you to begin to comprehend it, I have to dumb it down.

62. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're just salty because you were called out.

67. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

You call THAT calling someone out? Lmao! You're just "salty" that I shut him down and you in the process.

78. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You didn't shut anyone down. You just got defensive and tried to explain yourself.

82. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

Point out where I got defensive and tried to explain myself. I simply spoke the truth.

96. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You can't call bs the truth. It doesn't work that way.

101. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

Anything you spout is BS.

107. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blackberry is relevant. Lol according to you that's bs. Lol thanks for playing.

112. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's BS coming from you because you're a troll and a habitual liar. Class dismissed.

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I agree with both you and bohdan4ik13. BlackBerry will survive as a handset maker based on what it does with it's BBOS, not any Android driven device. It can survive as a software service company if it needed to, but it would look different from what it is now. But as an Android OEM? Not thinking so. Maybe it could provide a slightly better profit margin than what it is getting now but not sure it could compete with the likes of the companies you are listing. Samsung, LG, Sony, Lenovo, Huawei, and ZTE are all in much better positions worldwide.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thank you for the level headed response, as opposed to basic fanboy response that "Android saves all".

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They don't have to be just an android OEM. They could still offer it along with BBOS. Not like they have much to lose.

25. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Actually, I really wouldn't mind buying a BlackBerry running Android. I've never been a fan of the BlackBerry OS, and even with the flagship specs, they'd probably (hopefully) lower the pricing until they eventually get back on their feet. But to sum it up, yeah, i'd definitely buy a BlackBerry running Android

123. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

There are usually no guarantees with any risky move. DId Apple really know the orig iPhone was gonna be the springboard to huge success for them? Did Google know Android was gonna be here this long and be this dominate a player in the smartphone race? Especially going up against already established players like Palm, BB and MS? Did anyone foresee Palm going bye bye? Did Nintendo really think the Wii was gonna be their most successful home console to date? Or that the Wii U was gonna bomb as hard as it did? Did Sony and MS think their consoles would be this popular when they first got in the console business? Especially MS? Like Nokia shoulda've done.....just try it and see what happens. If it works, great. If not...oh well. Back to normal business then. But you have to at least try to see what happens....and what you're saying is what I always cant understand about Nokia fans too. Whats the harm in trying? If its successful....isnt that a good thing for BB fans? I am very happy for Motorola...even if the Motorola name does one day disappear.

9. Naruto_Uzumaki

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 22, 2013

Definitely no!

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