According to past reports, the rumoured BlackBerry Venice spider would run Android with BlackBerry services slapped on top. According to a recent tweet, BlackBerry 10 OS could be used as skin for Android.
Android-powered BlackBerry Venice with BlackBerry 10 skin
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 22, 2015
The new rumour comes from leak artist Evan Blass, popularly known as @evleaks on Twitter. He posted a GIF within his tweet, showing the BlackBerry Productivity Suite launched on the BlackBerry Venice. The BlackBerry Productivity Suite is one of three suites to be available with the BlackBerry Venice. The other two are the BlackBerry Communication Suite and the BlackBerry Security Suite.
Included in the BlackBerry Productivity Suite are BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, BlackBerry Contacts, Documents To Go, and Universal Search. It seems that the BlackBerry Productivity Suite is included in the Android ROM running on the BlackBerry Venice. This will allow BlackBerry’s version of Android to run a skin that includes features taken from BlackBerry 10 OS.
Hardware-wise, word on the street is, the BlackBerry Venice will come with a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). The screen is said to be curved similar to the edged screen of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It is said to come with an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation) and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie-centric camera combo. Front-facing speakers are said to be on board. 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 is said to be under the hood. Its physical QWERTY keyboard is said to slide in and out of the device.
In a previous tweet, Blass said that there will be two versions of the Blackberry Venice. One is said to run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with BlackBerry services slapped on top, while the other is said to run the company’s BlackBerry 10 OS. Blass also said that the slider will be available in the US via the four major network operators in November. We haven’t come across reports claiming that the device will be available in the UK, but we’re guessing it will.
The BlackBerry Venice has intrigued Blackberry and Android fans alike. We all know that advanced Android users prefer Android in stock form, but Blass tweeted that the Venice is anything but a stock Android phone. Regardless, we’re guessing stock Android users will find a BlackBerry UI slapped on top of Android more useful than say, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
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