Blackberry confirms expansion to Android OS and PRIV slider

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

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.

Blackberry Slider

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.

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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.

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7 thoughts on “Blackberry confirms expansion to Android OS and PRIV slider

  • September 26, 2015 at 9:36 am
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    I was thinking on getting the blackberry passport silver edition but I think I should wait for this phone.

  • September 26, 2015 at 11:42 am
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    BlackBerry will probably be abandoning BB OS un the nearest future, they’ve cut R&D by 90%, basically they have a skeleton crew of engineers maintaining their in-house OS

  • September 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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    Not a bad move at all,the benefits of Blackberry security brought to bear on Androidland,hopefully they will the pricing reasonable..

  • September 26, 2015 at 4:23 pm
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    Yes I was right about the naming! And I knew this was the route BlackBerry would take, a more secure Android.

    On the other side, what does this mean for the support of existing BlackBerry devices? I’m sure they have to maintain at least the business end of things as many business still rely on BlackBerry services. But then Mr Chen did say they were going to focus on the business side of BlackBerry…

    • September 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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      BlackBerry will eventually become a software and services company

    • September 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm
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      Well, this is the first step. It’s a BlackBerry phone, but will this be the last branded Android BlackBerry phone? How the Priv is received and sold will determine if there will be others.

  • September 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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    Funny though, I watched a video earlier today. BlackBerry CEO was showcasing the phone to a reporter and he said ”the phone runs on google” about three times. He didnt say the phone runs android o, or google OS, he said runs google and I began to wonder….

    I pray the company gets its groove back with this new partnership anyway.

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