Followed by several months of speculation, leaks and rumors, BlackBerry has finally confirmed its intention to launch an Android powered smartphone named Priv, which would be released before the end of the year. The Company briefly unveiled the slider phone this year at the Mobile World Congress, according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen, the smartphone will focus on Privacy especially in times like this where cyber threat is on the rise and will offer best in class security for enterprise customers.
With Priv, our commitment is to continue to provide confidence that your privacy and productivity come first. In today’s hectic world where cyber threats are real for everyone, BlackBerry is making sure that our products invoke this mantra that your privacy is your privilege.
This would be the first BlackBerry device to run the Android operating system, the company still remains committed to its own operating system “Blackberry 10 OS”, as stated by John Chen, there are no plans to abandon the software. Though the price, specs, and other details regarding the smartphone are yet to be announced, we are certain to receive update about this before the end of the year.
Years ago who would have guessed that Blackberry would make an Android powered phone.
With other major devices powering Android OS and taking over the market, i hope this move isn’t too late, well, lets see what happens.
Android, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. The early intentions of the company were to develop an advanced operating system for digital cameras. Though, when it was realized that the market for the devices was not large enough, the company diverted its efforts toward producing a smartphone operating system that would rival Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile. In July 2005, Google acquired Android Inc. for at least $50 million. The Android mobile operating system is currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
BlackBerry is a line of wireless handheld devices and services designed and marketed by BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM). Blackberry is considered one of the major smartphone vendors in the world, specializing in secure communications and mobile productivity. The name, BlackBerry, was chosen due to the resemblance of the keyboard’s buttons to that of the drupelets that compose the blackberry fruit.