BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) appears to be gearing up for a change. The firm is no longer going to focus solely on its own OS, it’s going to bring a smartphone to the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), (NASDAQ:GOOGL) platform. Venice is the new “slider” smartphone from Blackberry, and it could bring great things to both firms.
Rumors that the Waterloo, Ontario firm is going to release a new Android-powered phone have been doing the rounds for quite a while, but they were backed up last night by new info from former Engadget senior editor Evan Blass. Mr. Blass says that the Venice is coming this year, and it’s going to hit AT&T before anywhere else.
Blackberry banks on Android
BlackBerry has had a hard time making users care about its hardware in the face of intense competition from the iPhone and Android flagships. The firm has set itself on a course to capture as much of the enterprise mobile spend as possible. Android seems to be the firm’s latest way of approaching that.
Rumors that the firm was going to build an Android phone popped up last months on BlackBerry-focused rumors site N4BB.Lucas Atkins, who authored the piece, said that the phone would have a 5.4 inch screen, 3GB of RAM and and amazing 1.8 GHz Hexa-core processor. It’s also set to come with an 18MP camera, a number that competes with those from most other phone-makers.
Back on March 3 at the Mobile World Congress BlackBerry offered a brief look at a slider, but didn’t give much info on it apart form the fact that it exists. With Mr. Blass’ comments, it seems that the Slider is destined to become the firm’s first Android phone, a move that may make those with shares a lot happier.
Android looks forward to security
The battle for the mobile office is ongoing, but Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is winning. The firm now has the trust of many of the world’s largest IT spenders, and those that bring their own device to work are more likely to choose an iPhone over an Android device.
There is no firm, however, that’s able to offer the complete package in terms of office security. With the BlackBerry Venice slider, the Canada-based firm is looking to do just that. BES12, BlackBerry’s device-management software, is already in place and open to contracts. The Venice smartphone offers the firm a work-focused device to sell the system.
Google will be willing to offer as much help as it can in order to secure its services at the heart of the office of the future. The firm has made some big moves to try to shore up its poor enterprise performance in recent months.
On April 17, heading into Google I/O it launched Android For Work, an attempt to mask the problems with Android in order to make it a worthwhile option for firms to consider.
BlackBerry will help Google show that Android can be used for the office, and the Venice smartphone may form a key part of the future of the OS.