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BlackBerry’s new phone said to run heavily modified Android

by Jacob Kleinman | August 21, 2015August 21, 2015 12:40 pm PDT

In the past few days we’ve seen quite a few images of BlackBerry’s rumored Android lineup, mostly thanks to trusted tipster Evan Blass. Now he’s back with a little more information about the upcoming smartphones.

We were already expecting BlackBerry to include features like BBM for messaging, but according to Blass the company could take a heavy handed approach to Google’s operating system. That means a BlackBerry launcher, along with specialized apps for the calendar, contacts, notes, tasks and more. Of course we never doubted the company would offer its own apps, but this is a pretty long list.

It’s unclear exactly how much control you’ll have over your BlackBerry Android phone. Earlier leaked renders reveal that Google’s Play Store will still be included. That means you should be able to download a different launcher and hide all of BlackBerry’s tinkering.

We’re expecting BlackBerry to announce two Android phones this year. There’s a slider handset allegedly codenamed Venice with a big touchscreen and a hidden physical keyboard. There’s also a second device that looks like the company’s current Passport phone running Android software.

We’re still not sure when BlackBerry plans to reveal these new smartphones, though at this point it probably won’t be two long before both devices are official.


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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