Purported BlackBerry Passport with Android Lollipop onboard appears

Purported BlackBerry Passport with Android Lollipop onboard appears
While the current BB10 mobile OS can run some Android apps, BlackBerry is recently in the crosshairs of rumor mongers with the suggestion 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.

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. As if to prove that the company is indeed toying around with an Android phone, a Twitter handle of a BlackBerry developer has posted the picture you see here, which seems to show 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. 

The so-called Venice handset is said to come with options to be either an Android, or a BB10 device, according to the user's preferences. Where there's smoke, there is fire, too, so let's see where is BlackBerry willing to take us. Evidently, this Android-laden Passport is running the company's bread-and-butter Messenger software natively, which would eventually be the differentiating factor of the rumored BlackBerry Android handsets.


source: Nicola d'Amico (Twitter) via Mobiltelefon.ru

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1. waddup121 unregistered

lool no way!

15. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

May be Dual OS. That might work.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't really matter, might be too little too late.

19. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Why.???????????

35. relic74

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Why, Blackberry isn't in financial crisis and their house is in order. So their phones aren't iPhone popular but those who use them wouldn't want anything less. I say less because neither iOS nor Android holds a candle to a phone like the BlackBerry Passport. With it's RTOS (Real Time Os) it multitasks like no other, simply the best there is (definitely eats iOS for lunch in this regard), fantastic file-system, can't live without Blackberry Hub, 2 days of battery, excellent keyboard, built like a tank etc. I just couldn't imagine using anything else but my Passport. I replaced an iPhone 6 with one after owning it for only a few days, which in my opinion, the iPhone 6, is the worst phone intended for work that I have ever used. As I need to be connected to my offices production servers during trading hours, via a terminal, to monitor trades and other processes, the last thing I want to have to do is keep the terminal in the foreground for 8 hours, because if I minimize it, the system will terminate the connections. What year is this, not 1996, because the last time I used an OS that couldn't multitask or simply run a simple terminal app in the background was in the 90's, which ironically was with Mac OS. Than there was the file system or lack of I should say, how do people function without a proper file system and who's responsible for designing a system that saves files under the apps that created them. Finding files in iOS is an absolute nightmare. Now I'm sure there are tons of apps that help alleviate this mess but it is no where close to the elegant solution(s) that Blackberry has created. Need to send a file to someone, I don't even have to launch an app, I simply start typing the name of the file or file extension if I can't remember the exact name, global search immediately launches and lists the file(s) are listed, I than simply select share, choose the app I want to use to send the file, which is, well, anything that is installed and is compatible with handling files, 5 seconds, done. Ever had to send a bunch of files to a lot of people where some want them zipped and sent to their email boxes, some want them uploaded directly to their cloud storages, some want them sent to their BBM, Viber or Skype aaccounts. Yes, I get those type of requests all the time because we all use BlackBerry Passports and Classics and know that such crazy demands are nothing for either the individual doing the task or the device. I can even do all of that from a single app, while I'm talking to them in a conference call, while I'm streaming a demo video of one of our products directly from OneDrive to a projector via Miracast, while I'm logged into my dev server compiling an app, while my daughter is texting me via WhatsApp and while I'm downloading the newest episode of MasterChef Australia to watch on the train ride home. People who use an iPhone have no idea what a real professional mobile OS can do, oh, it's so pretty.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Spoken like a man that knows what he's talking about! Plus 1 to you, sir!

2. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

That's cute. I wonder how coc feels like in the bb passport.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

If BlackBerry makes an Android handset while still producing BB10 handsets, I'm all for it. I will stick to the BB10 versions. No Android BlackBerry for me. Just my preference.

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Same here. As long as they can keep it cost effective, I see no reason for them not to try something new. BB could easily be the one thing that really helps Android (more specifically Google) really crack into the enterprise market.

9. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

10 billion dollar question: does Blackberry become a BB10 manufacturer who makes Android phones on the side, or does it become an Android manufacturer who makes BB10 phones on the side?

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Honestly, I think if they go the full Android on a BlackBerry route, BB10 will then be only available to governments and enterprise. However, I think the 15 billion dollar question is: Why would Android fans/users choose an Android powered BlackBerry handset over, say, a Samsung Galaxy Sx handset? Or a Xiaomi Android handset? Or over HTC, Motorola, or Sony?

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'd be tempted by a side-sliding Blackberry handset (Android or BB10, doesn't matter.) I like BB's keyboard, but square screens are too big a compromise for me to take. The only way I think BB can be relevant in the Android world is by making the keyboard sexy again. I just don't know if that's possible.

22. -ARTE-

Posts: 80; Member since: Jun 14, 2015

I would love a BB Passport Android device. Especially the slick sexy phone.and its wide screen. Reminds me of Nokia E61.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, it does favor the Nokia E61 a little. Android is cool, but I prefer BB10.

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I have mentioned this before but for me, phones working as a phone. That is important to me. I dont think some ppl realize how important phone and data reception is until they are in an emergency. Battery life too. Better reception = better battery life all things being equal. Samsung, HTC has failed me more than once. Motorola, BB hasnt. Cant mention Nokia because I never had a Nokia smartphone...but their regular cell phones are legendary.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. BlackBerry, Nokia and Motorola know how to build a phone that performs the basics extremely well. A lot of smartphone manufacturers have either forgotten how to do that, or just don't do it at all.

36. relic74

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Security and I'm sure Blackberry will create an Android version of their Hub which is an absolute must have for anyone who, well, uses their phone as a phone. It also has a keyboard which for me personally will always trump a phone with a virtual keyboard. Blackberry also build fantastic phones that are made to last I have dropped my phone a few times and has come out unscathed. An iPhone for example would have never survived those falls, no way.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. An iPhone would have been ruined by a few falls.

13. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

A BB10 manufacturer who makes android phones on the side is the more likely one

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

For me...since BB is good at making phones that work as phones first n foremost...and because I am heavy in the Android ecosystem. A BB Android could be my next phone. Easily. My top phone OEMs are Motorola, Nokia and BB. I tried an LG recently...and the experience....I may never try another one...ever. Just like I have wrote off Samsung phones. I like their TV's n monitors but their phones kinda suck as far as reception. Dual boot would be magical tho.

6. RedWolf1928

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 17, 2015

BlackBerry should buy the rights to the NEC Terrain and offer that as a rugged android model or maybe just alter/impeove and offer it.The possibilities are opening,dont let the doorway stay narrow

7. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

This is about 5 years late. They should have been making Android phone for a while along with BB services. Maybe just maybe they will survive.

10. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Pure android hadn't been simply the answer . Ask sony , HTC , Motorola about their success as Android Only for the past 5 years ... the BB10 is simply unmatched but the only problem with it according to " consumers " is the lack of applications despite the ability to run android apps on it .

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. Too many Android fans think that Android is the savior OS, totally ignoring what's been going on with HTC, Motorola and Sony.

20. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Sony barely gets sold in the USA carrier markets. HTC horrible camera past couple iterations. Motorola, same. Pretty poor cameras. Samsung billions of dollars spent in advertising.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, and Sony, HTC, and Motorola are all in the red. Even Samsung isn't selling what it used to with its Android offerings.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

But I say this to yall 3: If not Android what other option is there? WP? No comment on that.... To the OEM's not making nuch money with Android....it has to be alot worse if they went with WP. Another OS? Maybe...but it seems like its a 3 man race for smart phones. One time it was Palm, BB and Win Mo, now its Apple, Android and.....BB/WP tied for a distance 3rd. And as for Motorola....the Moto G was the best selling phone in Motorola's history. And now that Motorola is part of Lenovo...they are rising back to the top of the pack. Maybe not as Motorola in name but their hardware is.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry should stay with their own OS. If they want to try a low end Android handset, then fine. That's where the real growth is with Android nowadays. But to switch from BB10 to Android? Absolutely not. It would destroy their reputation in secure handsets, and government and military would cancel their contracts with BlackBerry. They need to continue with BB10, focus on software and services, especially QNX. After they shore up enough cash, then make a good hard push back into the consumer market with great marketing.

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree I dont think they should outright switch to Android. But offer a BB phone running Android. Still I think it will be some confusion if coporations think a BB running Android will be as secure as BB running BB operating system. I do believe BB does security for their phones like Motorola did/does..as in the firmware (eFuses, encrypted bootloaders and whatnot). If BB does....a BB running Android might not be a security nightmare as some believe it will be. I have no idea how BB does security for their phones...but ask any Motorola fan from 2010 what they think about Motorola and encryption. Many root, ROM folks jumped ship when Moto started locking down their phones. And if not for Moto offering an unlock bootloader section on their site...Moto phones would still be running half assed attempts at custom ROMs. No offense to the ROM folks that worked on the locked down Moto phones.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because of the open source nature of Android, BlackBerry can't make it as secure as their own native OS. BlackBerry encrypts their phones from end to end, from the hardware to the software.

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