Some exciting news here. Blackberry has announced plans to launch it’s brand of Blackberry Android smartphones, the Priv by Blackberry that will run Android with Blackberry security. This was revealed as part of their Q2 Fiscal year 2016 results. We cannot say for certain when Priv by Blackberry will be hitting the market as the information was a little sketchy. Still we’re relieved that the rumors can finally be put to rest and finally we’re getting a Blackberry Android phone.
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.
the announcement read. They went on to reiterate that while they were releasing a device that runs Android, their line of Blackberry 10 would not be affected by this new roadmap.
Today, BlackBerry is announcing two new additions to its handheld device roadmap. First, the company 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 industry-leading security and productivity benefits. Second, the company will continue to develop and enhance the BlackBerry 10 operating system and is confirming plans to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements, with version 10.3.3 scheduled to be available in March 2016.
Well, there you have it, we may not have much information at this early stage but we’re definitely excited at Blackberry’s boldness in its new venture and are looking forward to bringing you more news as they occur.
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