BlackBerry Passport to have Android-powered version

We’ve learned from previous reports that BlackBerry is rumoured to be cooking up a number of Android-powered smartphones. According to a new report, the Canadian phone maker isn’t just testing Google’s open source operating system on new hardware, but on existing hardware as well. That existing smartphone is said to be the BlackBerry Passport.

Android-powered BlackBerry Passport

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The new rumour comes to us courtesy of Portuguese-speaking 4gnews.pt. The site shows photos of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android 5.1 (Lollipop). The device in the photos is said to be a prototype under development by BlackBerry running Lollipop.

The report adds that BlackBerry will be launching the BlackBerry Passport running Android in the second quarter of next year. It also says that the device will be launched as the “BlackBerry Passport 2.”

Although BlackBerry is said to be developing the BlackBerry Passport powered by Android, there is still no guarantee that the device will see the light of day. According to the report, the Canadian phone maker will only release the Android-powered Passport if the BlackBerry Venice (another rumoured Android-powered BlackBerry handset) generates respectable sales.

According to past reports, the BlackBerry Venice is said to sport a curved 5.4-inch screen (similar to that on board the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge) with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Its camera combo is said to include an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation) and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie-centric camera. Also found on the front of the device are fornt-facing speakers. Under the hood is 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, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. There are said to be two versions of the Venice – one is said to run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with BlackBerry services slapped on top, while the other is said to run BlackBerry 10 OS. It is said that the Venice with its slide-out physical QWERTY Keyboard will be available in the US in November. It is yet to be determined if the device will be available in the UK. We definitely hope it does make it to our shores.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this information with a grain of salt.

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