Forget that iPhone 6s lineup today… Blackberry has announced they are making an Android phone.
— Engin Dikmen (@gezgintrk) September 25, 2015
I used to love my Blackberry Pearl. That phone served me well for a long time…but it became increasingly difficult to be out with friends and have them all pullout their shiny iphones and their rad lightsabre apps and all I could muster in defense of this great Canadian company was, “hey, they’re Canadian! and uhhhh I got a keyboard!”
The new device will be called PRIV and comes out later this year. This is how CEO John Chen describes it;
PRIV will be the solution for smartphone users who are learning daily of the lack of privacy they have on their current devices. PRIV will be the answer for former BlackBerry users who miss the physical keyboard but needed apps. And, we’re responding to current – and prospective – BlackBerry users who need it all: choice, innovation, security, privacy and productivity.
What’s unique about our Android phone is that we are collaborating with Google to bring the best of BlackBerry security and productivity to the Android ecosystem.
Mashable says; Although this release will provide customers with another operating system choice, the company said it’s still committed to developing and enhancing its BlackBerry 10 operating system, with a focus on security and privacy enhancements. Version 10.3.3 is scheduled to be available in March 2016, and Priv will hit the markets later this year.
The website Crackberry even thinks they know what the PRIV will look like.
— CrackBerry.com (@CrackBerry) August 9, 2015
Yes wife, you do…and maybe the PRIV is it?
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