Microsoft and Nokia tried their hand at making Android phones, but the two companies had a good reason: courting users to Microsoft’s online and software services from Google’s. BlackBerry doesn’t have any popular app or service except BlackBerry Messenger, but it was rumored recently that the flailing company would not hold back from making an Android smartphone if it could make the device secure enough.
Now, renowned leakster @evleaks has revealed that BlackBerry is actually working on such a device, codenamed BlackBerry Venice. It will apparently sport a slider form factor and will be launched by AT&T; @evleaks has also shared a render that shows a BlackBerry Passport running Android, though it’s possible it is just a mock-up and not an official render from BlackBerry or AT&T.
At this point, there is no real proof of the device’s existence, but with OEMs learning that beating Android with an alternative is a near-impossible task, we might just see BlackBerry branch out with at least one Android-powered smartphone. The company could certainly contribute a lot to the world of Android, but it would be best to keep a pinch of salt handy unless something really concrete shows up in the near future.
The Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider is AT&T-bound.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 2, 2015