BlackBerry has, let’s be honest, had it rough these past few years. Despite opportunities to get back in the game, the company has failed to capitalize on what made BlackBerry appealing to users. Instead of evolving older traits into new features to bring people back, BlackBerry has sadly stood still. The company is still very much alive though, and bizarre devices like the BlackBerry Passport have kept people talking about the name. What’s got people excited more recently however, is the prospect of BlackBerry devices launching with Google’s Android platform onboard.
Yesterday, we saw what looked like a BlackBerry Passport running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop leak out, and whether or not that was a faked screenshot remains to be seen, but there’s a lot of rumors swirling concerning an Android BlackBerry. Now, a new device name, “Venice” has leaked out with some very, very impressive specs that sound more like a high-end Android device. A Snapdragon 808 64-bit CPU, 3GB of RAM, 16 and 5-megapixel cameras and a 5.4-inch Quad HD display. According to rumor, this could be the device pegged to launch in November that will be running Android onboard, and that the 5.4-inch display could suggest some sort of slider or strange form factor like the Passport was.
BlackBerry 10 has been the platform’s latest version for some time now, but with a mediocre selection of apps, and newer versions of iOS and Android making the platform look tired and outdated, it’s clear that they need something fresh. Android 5.1 Lollipop is a solid operating system, and Google have made more inroads with security than in any previous version of Android, and there are arguably more pieces of the puzzle ready for BlackBerry to complete an Android jigsaw than ever before. Whether or not an Android-powered BlackBerry is on its way remains to be seen, but it would appear that the market for such a device is there, and it could be the last chance that BlackBerry has to become relevant once again.