After weeks of unending rumors and speculations , Blackberry has officially confirmed they are working on a smartphone that will run on Android Operating system.
In a statement released yesterday , blackberry revealed that the upcoming android smartphone will be called “Blackberry Priv” and will be released later this year :
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.
Blackberry also re-affirmed their commitment towards the BB 10 Operating system , and revealed that a major update will be available by march 2016.
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.
News Reference : crackberry.com