Earlier, we’ve been coming across a number of rumours online, claiming that BlackBerry was cooking up an Android-powered version of the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition. Now a new video shows the two devices running Google’s operating system.
Blackberry Passport and BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android
Here’s the video:
A recent report has leaked photos of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android 5.1 (Lollipop). The same report claimed that the Android-powered Passport would be available in the first quarter of 2016. However, the Canadian phone maker would only release the said device if the Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider would do well in the market. Now, a video of the BlackBerry Passport and Silver Edition has been shown on YouTube.
The video shown above shows both the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android. It shows the settings of the Silver Edition, as well as showing the device’s Quick Settings and running the Google Play Store. It also shows an app being downloaded and installed from Google Play. Lastly, it shows the browser is displayed as the mobile version of Facebook is opened. Features such as scrolling seem to work just fine.
Android-powered Passport and Silver Edition – to be or not to be
While the leaks suggest that BlackBerry will be offering an Android-powered Passport and Silver Edition in the first quarter of next year, there are other who say that the images and videos of the two running Android is a result of the Canadian phone maker testing Android on BlackBerry hardware in preparation for the BlackBerry Venice, a high-end smartphone with a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard. Although this is all just speculation, Android and BlackBerry fans alike are definitely showing interest in owning BlackBerry hardware running Android, and an Android-powered Passport does seem like a good idea.
So when do we get to know if BlackBerry is planning to release Android-powered hardware or not? According to reports, we’ll find out in between the months of October and November. So stay tuned.
Going back to the BlackBerry Venice, it has intrigued Android and BlackBerry fans alike. It is said to sport a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation), a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie-centric camera, front-facing speakers, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor with four ARM Cortex-A53, two ARM Cortex-A57 cores, and an Adreno 418 GPU to handle graphics, and 3 GB of RAM.
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