For years, many had wished that BlackBerry would make an Android-powered smartphone. Especially considering the fact that BlackBerry had been running Android apps on their smartphones for a few years already. Well in 2015, BlackBerry did it. They released a smartphone that runs a near-stock version of Android in the BlackBerry Priv. Complete with the physical QWERTY keyboard and everything. BlackBerry has even been pushing out updates quite quickly to the Priv so far, including the monthly security updates. However the one turn off was the price of the BlackBerry Priv. It was priced at about $649, which is around the price of most flagship smartphones. But for a struggling OEM, that was not a good price to set for your first Android smartphone.
Now, the BlackBerry Priv has started to decrease, and actually right now eBay has the unlocked AT&T model going for just $379. This is an unlocked model, so it will also work on T-Mobile, in addition to other MVNO's that run on both networks. Like Straight Talk, Simple Mobile and many others. It is running on Lollipop, but the Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade is right around the corner. In fact, they are already beta testing it with select customers. So it shouldn't be much longer. It's a pretty good phone, but it won't be BlackBerry's last Android smartphone either.