Seems like BlackBerry is finally moving into the Android world with a new smartphone, called Venice. The business-oriented company is working alongside Google in an effort to create multiple devices that use the Android system.
The planned release is scheduled for the second half of 2015, reports the Taiwanese news outlet, DigiTimes. Blackberry is said to have contacted multiple Taiwanese Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) to take charge of research and development, distribution costs and marketing of the new handsets. Companies like Compal Electronics, Wistron and Foxconn, the latter being the company who produced the Android table Nokia N1 in a similar situation.
Even, while not being on the top of the market, Blackberry is still highly regarded around the world. The introduction of the company on the Android market can boost it’s value and refresh the companies image. Perhaps they will once again be a giant in the communications world.
Although it’ll run the Android OS, the devices will still have the Blackberry feel, by getting specific applications, as well as design and software like BES12, BBM and BlackBerry Blend. A nice move from Blackberry recognizing their need to update themselves to the needs of the users.