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BlackBerry said to tap Samsung for Android phone

by Jacob Kleinman | June 15, 2015June 15, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

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Last week we heard rumors that BlackBerry is working to release an Android phone. Now a new report sheds more light on the rumored device, including a possible hardware partner for the Waterloo phone-maker.

It turns out that Samsung could step in to build an Android phone for BlackBerry. The device would apparently run Android Lollipop with some BlackBerry services baked in. This according to mobile insider and blogger Eldar Murtazin, who adds that the rumored smartphone will launch sometime this year.

Based on recent reports, BlackBerry’s Android phone will sport a slide-out keyboard. The company teased a slider phone with a curved display earlier this year that looked pretty similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge. So maybe Samsung has already done the work in designing BlackBerry’s new handset.

If that’s the case, then we’re excited to try this device for ourselves. A Galaxy S6 Edge with a slide-out keyboard, Android access and some BlackBerry services sounds like a pretty awesome combination.

Of course, this is still just a rumor. We’ll try not to get too excited just yet, though we can’t help but hope this BlackBerry-Samsung partnership is real.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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