BlackBerry confirms more Android-powered smartphones are coming

While news about BlackBerry using a Samsung Exynos chipset is already out, there is more news confirming that the Priv will not be its first and last Android smartphone.


While news about a BlackBerry smartphone using a Samsung Exynos chipset is already out, there is more news confirming  that the Priv will not be its first and last Android smartphone.

Accoridng to Htxt.africa a BlackBerry representative confirmed that the company’s Priv smartphone will not be its last one. In a conversation with htxt, BlackBerry’s Nader Henein, who is responsible for advanced security solutions in the Advisory Division commented, “It wouldn’t be a once-off (thing). [The license to use Android] is too expensive and it is a mass market product – it is for consumers, it is for enterprise, and is really for anyone who likes the keyboard and the versatility of the operating system,”

Moreover Nader also said that, Google so far has been pretty supportive about BlackBerry building an Android-powered smartphone. This is surprising because BlackBerry has been taking pot shots at Google (more so with the Priv) about Google not putting sufficient effort into Android’s privacy and security controls.

In short, it seems like give and take situation, where Google is pretty-much proud to have the security experts put the ‘powered by Android’ branding on their smartphones. Still then, BlackBerry is putting its reputation (security and privacy) at stake by building a smartphone using an open-source software like Android, so it taking a big risks indeed.

In recent news, a BlackBerry smartphone with a 5.1 inch QHD display and powered by Android was spotted on benchmarking website GFXBench. The device's specifications point to a commendable octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 (found in Samsung’s high-end devices) with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Will we see a Blackberry smartphone that is powered by Android using a Samsung chipset? For now anything seems possible.

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