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Posted by difenbaker
Blackberry Might Be Making an Android Phone

Chris Mills
6/11/15 10:11pm



File this one under ‘ faintly plausible rumors’, but Reuters is quoting a number of sources as saying that Blackberry is planning to launch a smartphone running Android sometime this fall.

According to the report, the handset will be a slider, with a physical keyboard that folds out portrait. That sounds remarkably similar to the device that Blackberry recently teased at Mobile World Congress, which had a curved screen and a fold-out keyboard — although, judging from the blurry press photo that went along with the release, that handset was running Blackberry 10.



An Android phone would be the ultimate admission that the BB10 project, which was meant to be the saviour of the company, has totally failed (something the rest of the world is more or less in agreement on, by the way). With device sales falling and no-one bothering to build apps for Blackberry’s OS, an Android phone would be a way for the company to hang onto its remaining crown jewels — namely, a hardcore fan base with a fetish for devices with physical keyboards, and a few pieces of useful enterprise software.


http://gizmodo.com/blackberry[....]ng-an-android-phone-1710781712
http://www.reuters.com/articl[....]pe=RSS&feedName=technologyNews
http://www.stuff.tv/news/will[....]run-android-instead-its-own-os
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2015[....]smartphone/?utm_source=mainrss
http://www.pcauthority.com.au[....]ckberry-phone-run-android.aspx
http://liliputing.com/2015/06[....]3A+Liliputing+%28Liliputing%29

BlackBerry considers releasing Android phone, says report
http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/b[....]ing-android-phone-says-report/

BlackBerry tipped to possibly release Android smartphone
http://www.slashgear.com/blac[....]e-android-smartphone-11388053/


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Posted by Dups!
Time to consider my next move yet again. I don't like Android at all.

It is between iOS and Windows should this turn out to be true. I love BB10 and it pains me to think that this may be the way to go for BlackBerry.

My take is that they did talk about the possibility of an Android phone, the question is how far along did the talks go? Too many unanswered questions, like is it going to be a fully-fledged Android phone or some variation seeing that BB10 can use some Android apps?

I doubt, though, that BlackBerry will make any money out of an Android phone or phones, heck, everybody except Samsung, Huaewi and maybe LG is losing money.

Bad move by BlackBerry if this is true.

Posted by Tsepz_GP
I doubt anyone incl. Microsoft themselves are making money off of WP, we know BB isn't making much with BB10, except last Q with John Chen's cost cutting moves.

3-4years ago it was only Samsung making profit on Android, yet in 2015 by your own admission Huawei and LG are now making profit, HTC were also reporting profits up until this Q, lets not forget Xiaomi, although small, they also make profit off Android.
What the above says (at least to me) is that Androids profit potential is there and is growing, it is simply down to the manufacturer to differentiate themselves and be aggressive about it.

As for BB, I am not sure how well they will do with Android, their brand has been tarnished, their best bet is to either do a complete rebrand and start from the bottom with a new name, CI and strategy, or change their focus and/or be more aggressive with their push in enterprise, it is a very difficult one. To this day, we have yet to see a mobile manufacturer truly bounce back to their former glory. Motorola got close with the Verizon DROID and DROID X in late 2009/2010, but Samsung and Apple trampled on anything Moto did. Nokia tried with MS but that ended horribly for the Finnish star. The smartphone industry is a tough one, and the top two juggernauts are in bed together in many areas. It's getting really ugly out here for BB.



Posted by Supa_Fly

On 2015-06-12 10:51:24, Dups! wrote:
Time to consider my next move yet again. I don't like Android at all.

It is between iOS and Windows should this turn out to be true. I love BB10 and it pains me to think that this may be the way to go for BlackBerry.

My take is that they did talk about the possibility of an Android phone, the question is how far along did the talks go? Too many unanswered questions, like is it going to be a fully-fledged Android phone or some variation seeing that BB10 can use some Android apps?

I doubt, though, that BlackBerry will make any money out of an Android phone or phones, heck, everybody except Samsung, Huaewi and maybe LG is losing money.

Bad move by BlackBerry if this is true.


Wow ...everyone is falling for this!!

Let's use our common sense for a moment here.

1. This rumor .... on-going wishes by some BB fans on CrackBerry.com for the last 2yrs that BB10 existed yet never really got traction until :

1a. Thread about a week ago started by another BB fan piecing parts together that the new Slider shown off by a product manager at the last BB conference which we all see blurry photos off, then confirmed by CEO Mr Chen last week at a security conference in Waterloo to debut late this year, that the Slider - has dual EDGE screens.

1b. Dual EDGE screens are made ONLY by Samsung and are patented.

2. Samsung has partnered HEAVILY with BlackBerry to include the FULL KNOX 2.0 in BES12; EMM/MDM (and partial IoT server) that the company I work for is testing and implementing as an upgrade to BES10 and possibly supplant Good Mobile (more on this later).

2b. That press interview by Mr Chen last week also specifically HIM stating that "NOW we can FULL secure Android" devices is stretching this rumor to give it legs. What Mr. Chen SPECIFICALLY means is that Samsung, with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 EDGE has hardware and software encryption at the highest levels from the CPU, CHIPSET, Broadband radio stack, right into the Android Software.

* NOTE: This is NOT the same KNOW implemented in Googles Android 5.x because they licensed part of KNOX, not the full implementation.

3. A POTENTIAL, and I've specifically stated this on CrackBerry.com (same name there via twitter logon), that BB would be wise to reach out to Samsung to make the hardware NOW due to the full KNOX 2.0 encryption - which BES12 supports FULLY - because Samsung as we all know manufacturers unique Glass designs, CPU's, RAM + Storage ALL on their own. Their not like Foxconn = an assembly plant with glorified manufacturing process for a few parts and fabrication ... no Samsung does it ALL in house(!) possibly having Foxconn help with assembly under just as tight restrictions as Apple does with them.

3b. Samsung is the ONLY vendor/manufacturer that operates in HIGH volumes of scale in the world for CPU's, RAM, STORAGE, and Glass - not just for their ownsake but also for Apple's CPU's! for a majority of the volume.

4. All of a sudden REUTERS states 4 ppl 'close to the deal' wish not to be named because it's not official yet, Bhahahaha ... i'll bet these 4 are (fans from Crackberry).

ALL this comes at a time when BB is getting stronger, no longer IN THE BLACK and it's not SOLELY on 'restructuring' their done with that ... and focusing more on software and services to get the mix up from a SW/HW:20/80% mix! Also note BB's earnings report is June 26!

So what to take home?
Fans or more so than not SHORTS betting on a VERY low stock price for June 26 in huge volumes of 1000 shares minimum for short orders, are ready with their rumor mill to ENSURE this happens. It's been this way for over the last 3yrs affecting BB - this is asside from their BB Storm disaster; as that really didn't hurt their bottom line much (that case of Verizon suing BB 60 million never went through due to contractual agreement negated a positive ruling in their favor hense their push for DROID by Motorola shortly after to combat iPhone).

So ... take that all in and see where it's going.

Posted by Supa_Fly

On 2015-06-12 10:51:24, Dups! wrote:
My take is that they did talk about the possibility of an Android phone, the question is how far along did the talks go?



Those talks occured before Android 4.x and where Nixed with the purchase of QNX. BB NEEDS to stop firing in house developers and have them work on QNX to completely refine it.

like you I'm used to BB10 and honestly I keep coming back to it cause I love the OS. There are issues, one I cannot resolve with a busy director having ghosted Calendar items disappearing on the fly - I suspect its a 300 second bug but raised a ticket with logs to BB. There are other HUGE UI design inconsistencies that need to be fixed yet overall a LOT has been refined with BB10.3.1.

10.3.2 is still on par to be released. I doubt they have the man power to go with Android OS while still full-filling 10.3.x for vendors, corporate employees, government customers and a few consumers alike! THAT would put them WAY into the 2013 debt hole!

IF this occurs .... I'll do 2 simple things:
1 buy a prestine BB PlayBook as the final in house designed BB and KEEP it pristine with liquid glass screen and their official slim case ... that thing is a PURE BEAST! and pure quality. 2 I'll buy the next iPhone 7 or whatever the name will be and go with iOS since Apple has a HUGE new stance on END user security which seems to "sell to the masses" more than BB since BB is what SECURITY IS in the dictionary and part of their heritage!

Posted by Dups!

On 2015-06-12 18:40:25, Tsepz_GP wrote:
I doubt anyone incl. Microsoft themselves are making money off of WP, we know BB isn't making much with BB10, except last Q with John Chen's cost cutting moves.

3-4years ago it was only Samsung making profit on Android, yet in 2015 by your own admission Huawei and LG are now making profit, HTC were also reporting profits up until this Q, lets not forget Xiaomi, although small, they also make profit off Android.
What the above says (at least to me) is that Androids profit potential is there and is growing, it is simply down to the manufacturer to differentiate themselves and be aggressive about it.

As for BB, I am not sure how well they will do with Android, their brand has been tarnished, their best bet is to either do a complete rebrand and start from the bottom with a new name, CI and strategy, or change their focus and/or be more aggressive with their push in enterprise, it is a very difficult one. To this day, we have yet to see a mobile manufacturer truly bounce back to their former glory. Motorola got close with the Verizon DROID and DROID X in late 2009/2010, but Samsung and Apple trampled on anything Moto did. Nokia tried with MS but that ended horribly for the Finnish star. The smartphone industry is a tough one, and the top two juggernauts are in bed together in many areas. It's getting really ugly out here for BB.





To be fair, Tsepz_GP, Huawei is making it because of a simple economic position, ie, the majority of the people in the world aren't well off but rather low-earning to mid. Their busines model makes it easy to make profit. LG was never really losing much and they needed to refocus their attention on marketing to turn things around.

Xiaomi is more along the lines of Huawei. I will exclude Samsung here, they have everything to bulldoze everybody with maybe the exception of Apple.

BlackBerry going with Android is a suicide mission IMO, it is not smooth sailing with BB10 btu it will be worse with the former I feel. Their biggest problem, as much as their image is tarnished, is marketing: they are simply inept in that regard.

If they had the marketing budget of Samsung and apply it efficiently I bet they could bounce back. Even with their current budget they can do better but you get the sense that they have shifted their attention too much towards this software company they are becoming.

I'd be happy if they can make a profit just to sustain the mobile division, it would mean I would get my favourite OS and phone.

I know that my next phone is a BB10 slider that is upcoming, it gives me the physical keypad and the large screen- PERFECT!

Of course, this news is to be taken with a grain of salt until confirmation and full details are revealed or BlackBerry comes out and deny/refute everything.

Posted by Tsepz_GP

On 2015-06-13 11:14:26, Dups! wrote:

On 2015-06-12 18:40:25, Tsepz_GP wrote:
I doubt anyone incl. Microsoft themselves are making money off of WP, we know BB isn't making much with BB10, except last Q with John Chen's cost cutting moves.

3-4years ago it was only Samsung making profit on Android, yet in 2015 by your own admission Huawei and LG are now making profit, HTC were also reporting profits up until this Q, lets not forget Xiaomi, although small, they also make profit off Android.
What the above says (at least to me) is that Androids profit potential is there and is growing, it is simply down to the manufacturer to differentiate themselves and be aggressive about it.

As for BB, I am not sure how well they will do with Android, their brand has been tarnished, their best bet is to either do a complete rebrand and start from the bottom with a new name, CI and strategy, or change their focus and/or be more aggressive with their push in enterprise, it is a very difficult one. To this day, we have yet to see a mobile manufacturer truly bounce back to their former glory. Motorola got close with the Verizon DROID and DROID X in late 2009/2010, but Samsung and Apple trampled on anything Moto did. Nokia tried with MS but that ended horribly for the Finnish star. The smartphone industry is a tough one, and the top two juggernauts are in bed together in many areas. It's getting really ugly out here for BB.





To be fair, Tsepz_GP, Huawei is making it because of a simple economic position, ie, the majority of the people in the world aren't well off but rather low-earning to mid. Their busines model makes it easy to make profit. LG was never really losing much and they needed to refocus their attention on marketing to turn things around.

Xiaomi is more along the lines of Huawei. I will exclude Samsung here, they have everything to bulldoze everybody with maybe the exception of Apple.

BlackBerry going with Android is a suicide mission IMO, it is not smooth sailing with BB10 btu it will be worse with the former I feel. Their biggest problem, as much as their image is tarnished, is marketing: they are simply inept in that regard.

If they had the marketing budget of Samsung and apply it efficiently I bet they could bounce back. Even with their current budget they can do better but you get the sense that they have shifted their attention too much towards this software company they are becoming.

I'd be happy if they can make a profit just to sustain the mobile division, it would mean I would get my favourite OS and phone.

I know that my next phone is a BB10 slider that is upcoming, it gives me the physical keypad and the large screen- PERFECT!

Of course, this news is to be taken with a grain of salt until confirmation and full details are revealed or BlackBerry comes out and deny/refute everything.



tend to disagree WRT Huawei and Xiaomi.
The vast majority of Android manufacturers make mid to low end phones, Android is flooded with them especially in China, the home of Huawei and Xiaomi. The margins in low to mid end phones are super thin, Apple pretty much gave up on that area, so did HTC, Samsung are also trying to move away from it. The fact that Huawei and Xiaomi manage to stay afloat in such an area is incredible as they have countless competitors, not to mention the USA are very much against them.
I do not see how their business model makes it easy to profit as its a model followed by many others.

Marketing is not everything though, I would say a fine balance of R&D and marketing is what they need. When Samsung hit their peak they had a large marketing budget but an even larger R&D budget, then when they brought the S4 they switched and that has had their profit sliding down Y-on-Y, if I am not mistaken they recently announced that they are now cutting their marketing budget in favour of R&D again. As

I agree WRT BB going Android being not such a good idea, what they need to do is pump R&D (especially into QNX as Supa Fly said) and Marketing, it can only lead to good things and less dependence on others.


Posted by difenbaker


The Blackberry Keian/Oslo is leaked
http://www.berryreview.com/20[....]+Berryreview+%28BerryReview%29


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Posted by hihihans
😍

Posted by difenbaker
BlackBerry to launch first Android phone in August

By Nathan George,
1 day ago



Kicking things off with the BlackBerry Prague

BlackBerry has had a tough few years with underwhelming sales leading to struggling finances and fading market share. Although the once-popular phone maker returns this year with a series of Android handsets, the first of which may launch as soon as August.

According to N4BB (via PhoneArena), BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone is expected to launch in August, followed by another higher-end one in November. Let’s delve into the rumours…

The first handset is codenamed BlackBerry Prague. It’s reportedly a low-end smartphone that’s based on the BlackBerry Z3, a budget phone that launched in 2014.

We previously heard reports that the Canadian company wants to combine Android with its trademark QWERTY keyboard, but this might not be the case anymore. Rumours suggest the Prague will be an all-touch device, so BB nuts will have to get used to it.

The second phone in the Android lineup is codenamed BlackBerry Venice, a high-end phone with more impressive specs. Apparently it will sport a 5.4-inch curved QHD display and a six-core Snapdragon 808 chip.

We’re not sure about availability, but several sites report that BlackBerry will only release the Android duo in emerging markets, where the Canadian company still retains a presence.

It will be interesting to see how much more money BlackBerry generates with Google’s operating system. Any hopes for the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport have quickly diminished.


http://www.t3.com/news/blackb[....]-first-android-phone-in-august

Leak: Could these be the specs for BlackBerry’s first Android phone?
http://bgr.com/2015/06/18/bla[....]+%28BGR+|+Boy+Genius+Report%29


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Posted by Supa_Fly

On 2015-06-20 07:16:30, difenbaker wrote:


The Blackberry Keian/Oslo is leaked
http://www.berryreview.com/20[....]+Berryreview+%28BerryReview%29


cheers!



You DO know this is the very WRONG picture to show for such a leak news right?

What you should've posted was this image




Posted by difenbaker
I just posted the image that was on the article page.
If that is the right image, the one you posted, then thanks for correcting.


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Posted by hihihans
I like the 'wrong' one better.

Posted by Supa_Fly

On 2015-06-12 10:51:24, Dups! wrote:
Time to consider my next move yet again. I don't like Android at all.

It is between iOS and Windows should this turn out to be true. I love BB10 and it pains me to think that this may be the way to go for BlackBerry.



Dont' worry it was simply a rumor ... hardware is still a play for Blackberry and will continue to be BB10. Now as for QNX-Hypervisor ... that looks SERIOUSLY interesting

Posted by difenbaker
BlackBerry's planning a phone that might save your life
http://www.techradar.com/news[....]t-might-save-your-life-1297686


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Posted by paritapandya
Blackberry is always Great, i just Check the Features of Blackberry Porsche at MosKart.

Posted by difenbaker
BlackBerry promises Android smartphone, if Google ups its security game
http://www.trustedreviews.com[....]urity-game#ADuBbgEXybUfCWIi.99


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Posted by Supa_Fly

On 2015-06-27 04:20:53, difenbaker wrote:
BlackBerry promises Android smartphone, if Google ups its security game
http://www.trustedreviews.com[....]urity-game#ADuBbgEXybUfCWIi.99

cheers!


Quote used out of context. It was a question from the quarterly earnings report from an attendee that asked about rumors of an Android phone and how it would affect BB10 and also what would need to be done.

Mr Chen answered

“We only build secure phones and BlackBerry is the most secure phone so, if I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that,” said Chen, according to AndroidAuthority.


This was in passing ... this is NOT a promise.

Also with BlackBerry's QNX Hyper-Visor Android can live on it's own instance separate from BB10 and share data with specific restrictions ... VERY much like the containerized Work Space vs Personal space that exists on BB10.

Posted by difenbaker
On 2015-06-30 02:07:51, Supa_Fly wrote:

This was in passing ... this is NOT a promise.

Also with BlackBerry's QNX Hyper-Visor Android can live on it's own instance separate from BB10 and share data with specific restrictions ... VERY much like the containerized Work Space vs Personal space that exists on BB10.


I agree... comments like that are not set in stone.
Everything is speculation for now.

Anyway, here's the latest rumor...

BlackBerry's 'Venice' Android slider is coming to AT&T (update)
http://www.engadget.com/2015/[....]lider-leak/?ncid=rss_truncated


cheers!

Posted by difenbaker
Is this Blackberry's Android phone? Leaked image reveals curved 'Venice' handset

By Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:02 GMT, 3 July 2015 |
Updated: 01:00 GMT, 4 July 2015

Blackberry is preparing to launch its first phone running Android, it has been claimed. A new image shows a phone similar to Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge, with curved sides. Many believe the handset could be the company's last attempt to revive itself following disastrous sales of its own BB10 touchscreen handsets.


The phone looks similar to Samsungs's Galaxy S6 Edge, with curved sides. Believed to be codenamed Venice, it will be Blackberry's first Android phone.

According to Evan Blass, who posted the images and is well known for leaks of new handsets, it will be launched on AT&T and is codenamed Venice. Earlier this year it was revealed BlackBerry is considering building a phone with Google's Android software for the first time.

The move is seen as an acknowledgement that its revamped line of devices has failed to win mass appeal, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

The move would be an about-face for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company, which had shunned Android in a bet that its BlackBerry 10 line of phones would be able to claw back market share lost to Apple's iPhone and a slew of devices powered by Android.

The sources, who asked not to be named as they have not been authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the move to use Android is part of BlackBerry's strategy to pivot to focus on software and device management.

BlackBerry, which once dominated smartphone sales, now has a market share of less than 1 percent.

It is not clear whether a move to use Android would spell the end of the company's BlackBerry 10 line of devices that were initially launched to much fanfare in early 2013. The handset has a similar 'edge screen' to Samsung's flagship handset, the Galaxy S6 Edge


BlackBerry ?@BlackBerry Mar 3 What a Surprise! Ron just pulled out a dual-curved, all-touch display with a Keyboard - yes a slider device! #MWC15

After positive early reviews, the late-to-launch BlackBerry devices haven't competed well with Android or Apple, mainly due to a lack of big name apps. 'We don't comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched,' said the company in an email.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen is banking on the company's new device management system, BES12, that allows corporate and government clients to not only manage BlackBerry devices on their internal networks, but also devices powered by Android, Apple's iOS platform and Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system.

One of the hurdles it faces in that transformation is convincing big customers that its device management software works across many different platforms.

Two sources said that by launching an Android-based device of its own, BlackBerry would be sending a signal to skeptics that it is confident that the BES12 system can not only manage, but also secure smartphones and tablets powered by rival operating systems.

BlackBerry will probably use Android on an upcoming slider device that is likely to be released this autumn, two sources said.

The slider will combine a touch screen with a physical keyboard that users can use if they prefer.
BlackBerry will probably use Android on an upcoming slider device that is likely to be released this autumn, two sources said.

After positive early reviews, the late-to-launch BlackBerry devices haven't competed well with Android or Apple, mainly due to a lack of big name apps. BlackBerry briefly showed off the slider device on stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March, but it has provided little detail on it since then.

By making an Android device that boasts a large touchscreen and a physical keyboard, BlackBerry hopes to snag a niche in the touchscreen-dominated Android market. The device may attract those still using older BlackBerry keyboard handhelds but who want access to the larger app options Android offers.

Two sources said that if BlackBerry moves forward on a plan to launch an Android device, it could come with some of the patented features in its BlackBerry 10 operating system. In March, BlackBerry announced that it planned to deliver its patented security, productivity and communication tools to any mobile device running iOS, Android or Windows.

The company, which a while ago opened its popular BlackBerry Messaging app to those using rival operating systems, has said it plans to offer more in-house features on rival devices, including BlackBerry Hub and the predictive text capabilities of its virtual keyboard.

Chen in March said the company was still committed to its own devices business.

Since that time however, BlackBerry has cut headcount in its hardware unit even further.

The company, which at a 2011 peak employed 17,500 people and in February was down to 6,225, said last month that it was making further cuts on the device side, without providing any numbers.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sc[....]ice-handset.html#ixzz3et6s3sw5


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Posted by kriti9898
Best Smartphone !


Posted by difenbaker
BlackBerry confirms Android-powered Priv slider phone is coming this year
http://www.stuff.tv/me/news/b[....]-priv-slider-phone-coming-year

It’s official: BlackBerry will launch Android phone called the Priv
http://www.t3.com/news/it-s-o[....]-android-phone-called-the-priv


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[ This Message was edited by: difenbaker on 2015-09-27 10:57 ]



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