BlackBerry Priv with Android OS officially confirmed
In the recent weeks, BlackBerry’s upcoming slide smartphone has made a number of appearances in the rumor mills. Earlier this week, we informed you that the smartphone could officially hit the shelves as BlackBerry Priv (instead of the “BlackBberry Venice” alias which we called the device all this while).
Outlining its roadmap shortly after announcing the company’s 2016 Q2 earnings today, the Canadian phone maker confirmed “Priv” as the upcoming BlackBerry “flagship slider device” which will “run on the Android operating system.
Here’s the statement:
Today, BlackBerry is announcing two new additions to its handheld device roadmap. First, the company will launch a flagship slider device, Priv, which will run on the Android operating system, bringing together the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform. In combination with BlackBerry’s efforts to support Android for Work on the BES12 platform, the new device will offer best in class security for enterprise customers. BlackBerry expects the device to be available late in the calendar year in major markets in-store and online, and will release further details in the coming weeks.
While the new device will provide a choice in OS to new and existing customers, the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which enables industry-leading security and productivity benefits. Second, the company will continue to develop and enhance the BlackBerry 10 operating system and is confirming plans to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements, with version 10.3.3 scheduled to be available in March 2016.
BlackBerry also explained that it will continue developing BB 10 OS and will pour out a major update by March next year; however, the company did not release information about the launch date of BlackBerry Priv but promised to give us some details “in the coming weeks.”
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