Several recent reports have suggested that BlackBerry is working to develop an Android smartphone. One report said the Waterloo-based company might do so in an effort to create a low-cost device for emerging markets. Speaking with Bloomberg TV recently, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company is looking into such a device, but that nothing is certain as of yet.
“People asked me, will you ever build one?” Chen told Bloomberg TV, according to Fierce Wireless. “And I said, well, if I could make it secure, I will, which is a very honest, true statement. We’re looking at it. I can’t say that it’s conclusive at all right now.”
Chen added that it’s too early to tell whether or not BlackBerry is going to be able to actually create an Android smartphone that’s secure enough for its standards, though some reports have suggested Samsung might be willing to help in that regard. Samsung’s Knox software, for example, offers enterprise-level security on Android smartphones.
BlackBerry has otherwise said it’s committed to its BlackBerry 10 operating system, which is expected to power its flagship smartphone due out later this year.