In 2017, BlackBerry will focus on Android devices offering one or two new phones.
These are interesting times for smartphone users. BlackBerry has confirmed that in 2016 they will create a minimum of one new phone based on the Google Android operating system, like the BlackBerry Priv. John Chen, the CEO Blackberry said that they would also think about making a second Android device sometime throughout 2017.
The news comes on the heels of the BlackBerry’s 2015 launch of the BlackBerry Priv. This is the first phone produced by Blackberry that is uses an operating system that’s not theirs, but rather Google Android Lollipop, which is upgradeable to Marshmallow. The company’s 2017 ambitions is shared by the candid Blackberry CEO John Chen, who talked to journalists who were gathered at the Las Vegas.CES 2015 expo.
BlackBerry boasts about Priv’s security credentials
BlackBerry has gone on record, likely hoping to attain some points on the back of Apple’s ongoing FBI spat relating to the security work it has done to Google’s Android OS.
“Soon after the release of Priv late last year, we announced an aggressive patching strategy and plan that would put Priv at the forefront of security hygiene across all mobile devices,” said David Kleidermacher, Blackberry’s chief security officer.
The significance of this patching obligation and process can’t be over emphasized; the intricate nature of mobile operating systems requires this type of field upgrade program to meet the demands of consumers that are conscious of both their privacy and security.
“This commitment, in addition to the vast investment and innovation in security technological enhancements to Android made by BlackBerry, is critical in delivering BlackBerry-level privacy and security to the Android world. After four months of Android security bulletins, now is a good time to reflect on how BlackBerry has delivered on its patching commitment.”
Our recent BlackBerry PRIV review noted that the handset, while not currently perfected definitely showed significant potential. The hardware was all there, with the exception of the sub-par keyboard, and the software, and a nearly stock install of Android Lollipop, looked right at some running on BlackBerry hardware.
However, there were complaints with performance, and it had an unpredictable battery life. Many of these problems were really just ‘teething issues’ that had the potential to be sorted out and fixed with future software updates. When it comes to first attempt at an Android handset the PRIV is pretty impressive, and we are anticipating what BlackBerry will bring to the market in 2016. There is hope that that a full touch screen device with Passport reboot running Android Marshmallow is what we will see.
Strangely enough, it would appear that the bold play by BlackBerry to use Android has been so well received that there is no longer any plans by Blackberry to produce BlackBerry 10 based hardware.