Blackberry has been below the smartphone competition partly due its proprietary operating system, BlackBerry OS, that even after its partnership with the Amazon Appstore, lacks access to the more than a million applications available on android and iOS smartphones. Despite of that, Blackberry’s focus is and has always been security and productivity, and is respected for those qualities. Now, how great would an Android-based BlackBerry smartphone with added security would be for professionals looking for a more flexible and familiar user experience? Well, rumors have been around that BlackBerry has been in the works of making their first smartphones running on Android.
During a CNBC interview, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen was asked about the possibility of an Android-based BlackBerry smartphone, and replied with the following:
“We only build secure phones, and BlackBerry is the most secure phone. So, if I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that.”
According to an earlier report from N4BB, BlackBerry will be unveiling its first Android smartphone in August, known to this day as the BlackBerry Prague. The device is said to share design elements from the BlackBerry Z3. In addition, BlackBerry is reportedly making a high-end android smartphone codenamed BlackBerry Venice and will feature a Quad HD display with other high-end specs such as a snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM and an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera.
All of these claims however have not yet been confirmed by Blackberry, and might not necessarily hold true. BlackBerry is committed to making highly secure smartphones, and no precise information was given by CEO John Chen on the progress of this potential project during the interview. Either way, such a device would be a huge milestone for BlackBerry and might allow the company to attract a large number of new customers.