Blackberry finally considers Android OS its future


The Switch to Android Operating system in its recent Blackberry Priv was a major change for the company, though it wasn’t really an easy decision, but it seemed necessary following recent facts about how the company is struggling to keep up in the smartphone business. The launch of the Blackberry Priv gave us a clue to what the company is diving into, a flagship handset with a version of Google’s mobile operating system rather than the its own BB10 software.

So far the company is doing well and the future seems favorable for them, as a matter of fact the company intends to launch another Android powered blackberry device later this year. Weeks ago, CEO John Chen made a statement concerning the company shipping only Android-powered devices in 2016.

Damian Tay, head of BlackBerry’s Asian Pacific operations, has confirmed this in some comments he made about how the Priv was BlackBerry’s “transition” over to Android products. That doesn’t give much hope to anyone that’s holding out for another BlackBerry 10 device.

The Priv device is essentially our transition to Android ecosystem. As we secure Android, over a period of time, we would not have two platforms, and may have only Android as a smartphone platform.

Damian Tay
Head of BlackBerry's Asian Pacific operations

Tay also made note that both operating systems (Android & BB10) would co-exist for the time been but the company considers Android the future.

The future is really Android. We went for Android essentially for its app ecosystem. In addition, all the enterprise solutions that we have been doing have been cross-platform for a long time now. So it’s a natural progression towards Android.

Damian Tay
Head of BlackBerry's Asian Pacific operations

This doesn’t seem to be the end of BlackBerry 10 OS, but from the company’s recent success with the Android OS, it is certain that the Blackberry’s priority will be focused on Android OS. Though few enterprise users and BB10 enthusiasts may moan at this transition, trying out Android on a Blackberry device is worth it.

How did this play out for you? Happy with the switch?? feel free to share comments.

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.

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