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Latest BlackBerry Venice leak promises Productivity Suite with BlackBerry Hub

Another BlackBerry Venice video has leaked out ahead of the handset’s release, and it showcases its Productivity Suite for Android, which includes BlackBerry Hub, BBM, Docs To Go, and more.

BlackBerry Hub is one of BlackBerry 10’s most unique features, and it puts all of your notifications from all sources into one place. We never thought we’d see it on Android, but now that BlackBerry plans to utilize Google’s platform for Venice, that’s all changed.

Hub will be just one of a whole host of BlackBerry 10 features baked into Venice’s software, alongside BB10’s excellent virtual keyboard, BBM, BlackBerry Blend, Docs To Go, and lots more. You can see everything that’s included in Productivity Suite in the gallery above.

Another image from reliable leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks), who posted the video below — and most of the other Venice leaks we’ve seen to date — confirms a number of other BlackBerry tweaks for Venice, and suggests it won’t run the near-pure Android OS we were initially expecting.

Venice will have BlackBerry’s own launcher and a number of BlackBerry apps, including Tasks, Notes, and Calendar. “This is no stock Android handset,” Blass says.

While many would prefer stock Android, Venice wouldn’t be a BlackBerry device without some of these things. As long as the Canadian company’s software isn’t littered with features we’ll never use — like Samsung’s TouchWiz — then I don’t think its tweaks will put too many people off.

BlackBerry is expected to launch Venice in November, and it should be available on all four of the major carriers in the U.S.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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