BlackBerry Android smartphone Priv confirmed: Will it revive company fortunes in the U.S.
This is something that Ontario based smartphone makersâ€™ fans have been demanding for a long time. They have been asking the makers of BlackBerry smartphones to try Android. Now when they had given up hopes of the company ever coming out with such a smartphone, the company has said that it is indeed going to come out with one such handset.
For at least five years BlackBerry stock is going down and down. The company hasnâ€™t been able to impress smartphone market that has been dominated by Apple and Samsung besides other Android smartphone makers. Its operating system BlackBerry 10 hasnâ€™t impressed many people in the last couple of years. This was the reason that while many smartphone makers actually thrived and thrived, Research in Motion that was rechristened as BlackBerry flopped and floundered.
Now after a long spell of rumors and speculations the company has confirmed the news. CEO John Chen admitted that today’s announcement was made because the phone was “leaking everywhereâ€.
Reports suggest that the BlackBerry is launching a flagship Android-powered sliding smartphone that will be called Pri. Reports suggest that the handset will come with a screen that slopes down on either side.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen while making the announcement said, â€œToday, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacyâ€¦Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.â€
There is no denying the fact that it is a step that will be welcomed by Android fans who were smitten by BlackBerry features too. Chen said, â€œWe’re confirming the fact that we are bringing our security know-how to the Android ecosystemâ€.
Earlier Google had announced a sudden partnership with BlackBerry. The report has put rumormongers in overdrive. BlackBerry while making the announcement had said that it will â€œset new standards in enterprise mobile security for organizations deploying Android devicesâ€.