Would you get a new BlackBerry if it ran Android?

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 wanted to ask you 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. Tell us in the poll below, and sound off in the comments.

Would you get a new BlackBerry if it ran Android?




1. gaming64 unregistered

Sorry I voted for no, Blackberry. There are already better alternatives out there. And you guys can use Blackberry but Blackberry 10 is the one that differentiates you.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I like BlackBerry 10, but the problem is that Google services don't work very well. So, Android is the only way to attract users from other platforms to get a BlackBerry. I do support if BlackBerry launches two version of their upcoming flagship, one running BlackBerry 10 and another one running Android. This means more choices for consumers and more opportunity for BlackBerry to compete in the tough competition. They can make their Android UI look similar to BlackBerry 10 though.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7579; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That does sound like a good theory. However then Blackberry needs to still have lots of people to not only maintain their QNX OS, but now they need to maintain Android for the new hardware as well. So it would cost Blackberry more money to maintain two OS's and all devices using them. That makes no sense. The other thing is Android already supports a multitude of existing hardware including almost every CPU known to man, but all the new hardware moving forward. QNX does not, and because QNX is closed source, then only a handful of people actually work on and maintain the QNX OS. So doesn't it make sense to use Android instead. Besides the Android runtime has been on Blackberry for years now. The added benefits are a faster turn around time for their devices coming to market when they use Android. BTW since when do Google services not work well on Android? That is news to me.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

QNX can indeed support a multitude of existing hardware and CPU's. QNX can even already run Android, and even iOS virtualized on top of it QNX itself. How do you think Apple's Carplay and Android auto works in auto-infotainment systems?

92. sgodsell

Posts: 7579; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Did you not see the part about hardware? QNX is an OS right? So an OS has to be maintained by someone, right? Now what if a new screen type and size comes out, or a new camera, or new LTE, or new storage type and size. I can go on, but I think you get the picture. Someone now has to write and maintain not only existing QNX code, but someone also has to write new QNX drivers for the new hardware. This is where Android has much better support then QNX. Hands down. Because Androids core is Linux which has the most hardware support on the planet now. BTW QNX for the infotainment systems is not running Android or iOS. Both Android and iOS have apps that users run, which then setup the cars infotainment system. The apps are actually running on the phones themselves still. The infotainment systems are just a screen and users input area. So display data is sent to the car system, and users input from the car is sent back to the phones. Its really a remote client.

93. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Apple's CarPlay has to ride on top of BlackBerry's QNX platform for in-auto entertainment systems. Ford was reportedly pondering a swap from Microsoft to QNX to for its Sync platform. And it's highly likely that the front end of Google's Android in-vehicle efforts are also going to have a QNX play." That was taken from here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/blackberrys-qnx-why-its-so-valuable-to-apple-google-auto-industry/: So as I said, both Android auto and Apple's Carplay need QNX to function in auto-infotainment systems. QNX even supports and runs Android apps. Both Apple and Google are customers of QNX. Did you not see ME mention hardware? And of course I know you QNX is an OS that has to be maintained. Did you see me dispute that fact? No, you didn't. QNX has been out for more than 30 years, and is flexible enough to support all existing hardware. Also, did you see me dispute how much hardware Android supports? NO, you didn't. Take what I post at face value. Don't try and interpret it for your own means . "The platform already supported OpenGL ES and HTML, so the new additions make thing even better all around. Much like BlackBerry 10, the QNX software will run Android applications in a separate "sandbox" to protect the system from any unwanted content." That was taken from here: http://m.crackberry.com/qnx-car-platform-expands-include-android-applications: See how QNX runs Android apps and supports open source? I can provide more links for reference, but I think you get the point.

100. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Burnt that fool good yo! Lmao!!

102. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014


27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They can fully integrate all Blackberry service in Android and make it look identical to BB10 so this is not an issue. What i would like is dual boot options. Boot BB10 for business. Boot android for personal use.

66. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The latest rumor/speculation I have heard going around is that Blackberry 10 will now offer full Google services support in it's 10.4 OS update instead of the current rumor that Blackberry will offer an Android device. It could again go back to their recent partnership deal they made with each other. While Google would probably prefer that Google services ran on Android OS, I don't think they would turn down the opportunity to run on other OSes. Google ends up getting money in the end anyways through ad dollars and more devices using the Google Play store among their other services. The current rule with Google is that in order for a device to run Google Play it has to offer so many other Google services standard on the device. That's an easy rule for Blackberry to follow. All they would have to do is offer apps like Youtube and Gmail.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed! +1

25. waddup121 unregistered

naw. i aint a buisness man

58. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yeah we can tell by your grammar.

91. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I would not get BlackBerry with android co whatever they do, it would be overpriced as hell.. Some companies just don't learn..

105. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

I voted yes, but there is still a condition to that yes. I would buy any blackberry phone number which operating system it has. My problem, if it has decent specs and most importantly dual sim. No dual sim I am not buying no matter to whatever system they put in it.

116. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I voted yes just for the fact that BB is one of the few manufactures that have phones that work good as a phone. Motorola, Nokia and BB.

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Hell yes! Just don't make it like the Passport or Classic shape, the Venice is just perfect with full touch screen and a QWERTY keyboard behind. I'm waiting for the Venice.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

The Venice is super tempting! I hope the cameras are good and batterylife, and I hope it isn't too thick with the keyboard. But it looks seriously good!

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'd certainly try it, but I'd still much rather have the device run BB 10 but with the Play Store and Google Play Services on it out of the box.

5. TBomb

Posts: 1666; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Voted yes... Blackberry has made some nice devices before... It'd be nice to see them with android.

7. ochuski

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

NO is the answer. Blackberry's have been so overatted over the past year and its only now that people are realizing this

21. gaming64 unregistered

You mispelled Blackberry with Apple.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple isn't anymore overrated than Android is.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry overrated?! Agree with gaming64. You definitely meant Apple.

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No he meant blackberry.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, he definitely meant Apple. Most overrated OEM today.

59. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You of all people can't accuse anything of being overrated.

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the king of the overrated.

73. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Says the king of no you responses.

78. meanestgenius

Posts: 22491; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the king !Diot himself.

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