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BlackBerry’s Android-powered Passport revealed in new video

In the past few weeks we’ve seen plenty of images of BlackBerry’s rumored Android smartphones. Now one YouTuber has managed to get his hands on one of the alleged handsets, offering our best look yet at the rumored Android Passport.

The video offers a pretty comprehensive hands-on tour of the Android-powered BlackBerry. The device appears to run a relatively clean version of Android, with access to the Play Store along with all your favorite Google apps. You also get BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), and presumably a few other apps from the Waterloo company, out of the box as well.

The new phone’s hardware seems pretty identical to the original BlackBerry Passport. The physical keyboard even supports swipe gestures for scrolling, just like with the company’s own operating system. The design is the same too, which is either a pro or con depending on how you felt about the original smartphone and its square display.

Alongside the new Passport, BlackBerry is also expected to reveal a totally new slider phone with a touchscreen display and Android software. The device, allegedly codenamed Venice, has already leaked out in multiple renders, though we still haven’t seen it in the flesh.¬†Hopefully BlackBerry doesn’t make us wait too much longer before we can get our own hands on its highly-anticipated Android devices.

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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