Before now, Blackberry has largely kept mute about its plans to produce a smartphone that runs Android OS and the official name of the device. Here at MobilityArena.com, we have brought you updates as they unfolded over time. We have further good news: there is now an official statement from BlackBerry confirming their expansion to Android OS, as well as the upcoming slider handset named PRIV.
PRIV will be the solution for smartphone users who are learning daily of the lack of privacy they have on their current devices. PRIV will be the answer for former BlackBerry users who miss the physical keyboard but needed apps. And, we’re responding to current – and prospective – BlackBerry users who need it all: choice, innovation, security, privacy and productivity.
What’s unique about our Android phone is that we are collaborating with Google to bring the best of BlackBerry security and productivity to the Android ecosystem.
There will be a camp that reacts to this news with surprise, while others will see how, over the past two years, we’ve laid the groundwork to make this possible. It began with honing in on our DNA of security, privacy and productivity, and then bringing that heritage and continued innovation to other operating systems.
So, PRIV – coined from the words “privilege” and “privacy” – is essentially the security and productivity of BlackBerry coupled with the ecosystem and apps of Android both packaged in trademark quality hardware from Blackberry. It is nice to see that there is official partnership with Google involved here as well.
Is BlackBerry abandoning BlackBerry 10?
That is a question that will pop up sooner or later. Here is the official line:
At the same time, I want to be clear: fans of BlackBerry’s workhorse BlackBerry 10 smartphones can continue to depend on us, and we appreciate their commitment. We will be releasing new updates of this powerful OS in the upcoming year.
Still, if the Android OS experiment is really successful, what is to stop BlackBerry from fully embracing Android OS? Yes; BlackBerry is clearly a new company – and in the next few years, we will see how all this pans out.