We’re pretty excited for BlackBerry’s first Android phone. Codenamed Venice, the slider handset has already leaked a few times, but a new photo shows the rumored device out in the wilds of Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival.
This latest leak comes from BerryFlow, and shows the alleged Android slider in use. You can clearly see BlackBerry’s logo along the top of the device, but the touchscreen display is pretty blurry. However, a follow-up report from BlackBerryOS points out the the device appears to be running Google’s Android Messenger app and a few other apps that require Google Play Services.
The BlackBerry Venice looks set to run a mix of Android software and the company’s own apps. That means you’ll likely get a standard SMS service along with BlackBerry Messenger. Based on earlier leaks, and some of the images above, we’re definitely expecting access to Google Play, so you should be able to customize the device by downloading other apps and launchers.
The new smartphone is also expected to pack a pretty big 5.4-inch display with a slide-out physical keyboard. It may also pack a Snapdragon 808 processor, an 18-megapixel camera and 3GB of RAM. That puts the device in good standing, even if it won’t be competing directly with the latest flagship Android phones.
Hopefully this new leak means BlackBerry is ready to reveal its first Android phone. We’ve been dreaming of a device like this for a while now, and it looks like the long wait is almost over.