According to a report, BlackBerry is said to be working on a new slider. We briefly caught a glimpse of the new slider at MWC 2015, which kicked off in Barcelona, Spain in early March. Since the Canadian phone maker’s new smartphone lineup run BlackBerry 10 OS, we assumed that this new slider would run BlackBerry’s own operating system. However, a new report is now saying that the new device will not run BlackBerry 10 but Android.
The news comes to us courtesy of Reuters. It reports, “BlackBerry (BB.TO) is considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google Inc.’s (GOOGL.O) Android software for the first time, an acknowledgement that its revamped line of devices has failed to win mass appeal, according to four sources familiar with the matter.”
So why Android and not BlackBerry 10 OS? The sources who wished to remain anonymous said that “the move to use Android is part of BlackBerry’s strategy to pivot to focus on software and device management.”
Two sources also said that choosing to launch Android device would allow BlackBerry to send “a signal to skeptics that it is confident that the BES12 system can not only manage, but also secure smartphones and tablets powered by rival operating systems.”
So when will we get to see this Android-powered slider by BlackBerry? According to two anonymous sources, the slider will sport a touch screen and a physical keyboard to give more options to users. It is expected to be released in the fall. The sources added that the device could come with BlackBerry 10 features slapped on top of Android.
Of course, since we can’t confirm if this information is accurate or not, take it with a pinch of salt.
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