BlackBerry today announced its Q2 Fiscal 2016 results while putting an end to the rumours surrounding a BlackBerry-made Android smartphone. BlackBerry in an official statement has confirmed its plans to launch the BlackBerry Priv- it’s first Android smartphone backed by BlackBerry security.
“Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy. Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform,” said Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chen.
Explaining further, the company said in the statement, “It will launch a flagship slider device, Priv, which will run on the Android operating system, bringing together the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform. In combination with BlackBerry’s efforts to support Android for Work on the BES12 platform, the new device will offer best in class security for enterprise customers. BlackBerry expects the device to be available late in the calendar year in major markets in-store and online, and will release further details in the coming weeks. While the new device will provide a choice in OS to new and existing customers, the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which enables industryleading security and productivity benefits.
BlackBerry Priv is expected to run on a Snapdragon 808 CPU with 3GB RAM along with an 18MP rear camera. The device will run Android Lollipop.