Blackberry Might Move to Android

After earning itself somewhat limited success with the BB10 OS over the past couple of years, the dying Canadian smartphone company BlackBerry might finally go Android. How successful that venture will be is anyone’s guess but it will hardly surprise anyone if we’re being honest.

According to a new report by Reuters, the move is a part of the company’s plans to focus on software and device management. This makes sense because it will further prove that BlackBerry’s trademark services and security can work just as well on Android.

The phone to make use of this new partnership is very likely a touchscreen slider with a QWERTY keyboard that was shown at the MWC earlier this year. The point is of course to bring the best of Android experience and a traditional keyboard together. We certainly don’t expect BlackBerry to ditch the BB10 OS at all, either.

With its reach, Android can help further BlackBerry’s services to a larger audience. With a market share of less than 1 percent, that’s exactly what BlackBerry’s lacking right now.

Why the news wouldn’t surprise many is clear, right? For years BlackBerry has allowed people to load APKs on its BB10 phones. It has already launched its much-acclaimed BBM service on Android (and iOS) in 2013 and has been working with several Android manufacturers including Samsung, all of whom desire its ground-breaking security technology.

It remains to be seen whether the company will treat Android the same way as Nokia, which released a highly-modified version of Google’s OS which featured a custom App Store. And whether it will have as much reach as those particular smartphones.

  • Zawyar Ur Rehman

    I dont know why but blackberry phones have always had a special place in my heart… i dont really care about features in that phone’s case… it just… has some mysterious feel that makes you feel better. Oh, he has a 16mp camera! And my blackberry has only 5 :(, anyways no worries. As i have a blackberry! ?

  • LOL :P that is mystic and mysterious bro ;)

    • Zawyar Ur Rehman

      You can say that again…. its quite confusing even to me!

      • Your love for blackberry – Mystical; synonyms = spiritual, religious, transcendental, paranormal, otherworldly, supernatural, occult, metaphysical

        • Zawyar Ur Rehman

          Lol i guess those are the words which express it XD

  • JahanZaib Yousaf

    Well Said Zawyar

    I remember once i hit the phone with wall and it worked perfectly fine after that.

    • Zawyar Ur Rehman

      Hehe, i my dad did that to an iphone! And it didnt even get a scratch!

      • Fahad

        iPhone didn’t get a scratch?? The wall must be made of foam or something otherwise it would be a paper weight by now :D

        • Zawyar Ur Rehman

          Nope, actually it had a rubber case on it with a flap… hence the rubber absorbed all the damage (well, almost) only got a few dents (tiny ones) on the side ring…

  • Guy Chauhan

    bad call.

  • Zahid Iqbal

    Good decision. With android, BlackBerry may survive

    • Taha Najam

      You mean like how Sony is surviving with their Xperia line of phones?

  • Ghazanfar

    Blackberry will be successful if they start flagship product with middle range etc powerd by android and configuration should be riched like.
    3GB Ram for flagship and 2 Gb for mid range
    32 internal memory for flagship product and 16 mid range
    rich processor more than 4000mh battery life 8 magapicxel front and 16 back

    • Chacha Machiko

      ap chala lo on ki company :D

    • Taha Najam

      Seems like you’re quite fond of the word “rich”. Were you a rapper in a past life or something?