According to recent reports, BlackBerry’s upcoming slider (code named Venice and Oslo), which it showed off at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain back in March, will run Android 5.1 (Lollipop). The rumoured device is also said to be designed in part by Samsung, with the slider’s curved screen resembling the edged screen of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It also sports the similar specs, such as an octa-core processor, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The question is, is BlackBerry really developing an Android-powered smartphone? If a tweet is to be believed, it looks like the Canadian phone maker is testing Android 5.1 (Lollipop) on a BlackBerry Passport.
On Twitter, BlackBerry developer Nicola d’Amico posted a photo, showing a BlackBerry Passport running Android 5.1. The phone’s model number is “BlackBerry Passport SQW-ANDS.”
Going back to the Venice, it is said to run Android and offer BlackBerry services. It also said to run either Android or BlackBerry OS 10, depending on the user’s preference.
So does this mean that BlackBerry is planning to launch an Android-powered slider that offers BlackBerry services, since it testing Lollipop on a BlackBerry Passport? It’s possible, but it’s also possible that the Canadian phone maker is testing Android just for the sake of testing it.
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