We’d be lying if we said we weren’t excited after rumors that BlackBerry would be releasing an Android powered phone called BlackBerry Venice soon.
While there are no solid details about the phone and it’s not even confirmed yet, there have been hints here and there and some good old leaks.
The latest leak reveals new render images broadly showing the OS’s functionality in images which are being shown courtesy CrackBerry.
Interestingly, the renders also show the BlackBerry Venice sporting a curved display, much like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which earlier led to speculations whether Samsung was working with BlackBerry. However, even LG has been among BlackBerry’s rumored new partners, and we can only know for sure once the phone is officially announced.
Meanwhile, the leaked renders show what looks like BlackBerry Hub ported over to Android and a demonstration of how Chromecast would work on the Venice.
According to Evleaks, the BlackBerry Venice will initially make an appearance on AT&T and T-Mobile, with rumored specs including a 5.4-inch display, a Snadragon 808 chipset, 3 GB RAM and an 18 MP rear shooter (as shown in the render above).
Why we’re excited about an Android powered BlackBerry phone is because BlackBerry proved with BB OS 10 that it was determined to deliver a top-notch operating system with stellar performance. The lack of apps and developer support on the platform may be the reason behind its demise, but BB 10 OS was a great effort by BlackBerry to revive its dwindling fortunes.
If BlackBerry is committed to bringing the same level of excellent, both in terms of hardware and software onto the Android platform, we may very well have an Android phone that can beat the best in terms of performance, security and reliability.
Moreover, fans of the BlackBerry’s QWERTY keyboard can also expect the BlackBerry Venice to have a physical, slide-out keyboard as shown in one of the earlier renders below.
What are your thoughts on BlackBerry going Android? Do you think BlackBerry can redeem itself with this move and actually compete with top manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony?
We believe there is certainly room for BlackBerry to move in and make a place for itself. Comment below to let us know your thoughts on this.