More photos of BlackBerry’s upcoming Venice phone with a slide out keyboard have leaked, giving a pretty detailed look at the phone’s design and keyboard. Aside from being a slider, the phone looks like any typical smartphone with a large touch screen, although it’s a little thicker than most phones on the market thanks to a keyboard housing. Read more
Signs are pointing towards BlackBerry releasing more than one Android powered handset this year. According to a tweet from Evan Blass, BlackBerry is planning to release a version of its Passport handset running Android Lollipop this year with a similar design to the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition.
Remember BlackBerry’s Experience Suite announced back at MWC 2015? According to a tweet from Evan Blass, BlackBerry’s Productivity Suite and bits from Blackberry 10 will be coming to the Venice smartphone.
This November, BlackBerry will be taking a step in a new direction. The company, which has struggled in recent years to remain competitive, is expected to release an Android-powered device known internally as Venice. The phone has leaked various times, showing that it will have a display with curved edges and BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard. Although Android 5.0 Lollipop is going to be present, BlackBerry has the option of going with a regular version of Android with their own modifications or using a forked version (like Amazon) where everything is locked.
Now we know that BlackBerry will be using its own launcher at the very least.
BlackBerry’s upcoming Android-powered phone, codename Venice, is starting to unofficial make appearances on a frequent basis. Alleged images of the device, including a new one showing the curved display and physical keyboard (seen above), have been appearing online since early July. Between Tuesday night and today, Evan Blass has shared an abundance of information regarding BlackBerry’s product that is tasked with turning around the company’s misfortunes.
The upcoming BlackBerry ‘Venice’ is gaining more and more attention. The device will be the company’s first Android-powered smartphone.
BlackBerry got a start in the enterprise sector where security and privacy were major concerns for entities that were looking for mobile communications platforms. Over the years, BlackBerry has earned over 70 different government certifications or approvals which is more than any other mobile vendor. With this strong background in mobile security, BlackBerry seems like a natural fit for the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), but they are only just now joining according to an announcement made today.
NCSA’s executive director Micheal Kaiser says the organization welcomes “the unique perspective that BlackBerry brings to the NCSA, and we look forward to working with BlackBerry to solve cybersecurity challenges, particularly as they relate to mobility and the Internet of Things.” Meanwhile, BlackBerry’s Edward Hearst, vice president of U.S. Government Business Development, says BlackBerry hopes to share “knowledge and insights to further advance efforts to ensure that the mobile experience is safe and secure for users, no matter what devices they have or information they access.”
source: National Cyber Security Alliance (PR)
This one goes out to those of you who are waiting to get your hands on Blackberry’s first Android-powered handset. Despite being an alleged AT&T exclusive, Evan Blass now claims that T-Mobile customers, too, will be able to purchase codename ‘Venice’ this fall.
Cyanogen posted great news on Instagram. Adnan B., a Cyanogen employee, spoke at Seattle Code Rush, saying the company now has more active users than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry together. This is an amazing accomplishment for the company, and they seem to be very proud of it.
BlackBerry has taken a backseat to bigger smartphone manufacturers in the past few years, so they’ve diversified and pushed for software instead of strictly hardware. To an extent, it’s worked well for the company. Since their smartphone market share has completely plummeted and hasn’t rebounded, software seems to make the most sense, especially since BlackBerry’s major selling point is security. Read more