BlackBerry Ltd , hasn’t been up to much lately, at least not in the public eye. The firm is, however, working on something special in secret, though John Chen and his team don’t seem to be able to keep the project under wraps. An Android-based BlackBerry smart phone is coming, and new pictures of it have been leaked.
The above image comes from Android Authority. The site got its hands on a bunch of leaked pics of a BlackBerry phone running a modded version of Android.
The images, combined with rumors, suggest the phone will run on a version of Android that will be modified to include a lot of BlackBerry services. The device will boot with Google’s Android mascot holding a shield, showing BlackBerry’s security imperative right on the splash screen.
BlackBerry Ltd Venice leaks gain steam
On Wednesday it emerged that BlackBerry helped to put a wireless executive in prison for leaking info related to the sales numbers of its phones back in 2013. The firm doesn’t seem quite as angry about the leaks of the Venice Android phone.
The device is set to be the first BlackBerry , hardware that wall run Android, and it’s likely to be a major factor in deciding the future of the firm’s device segment.
BlackBerry has, in recent years, become less and less focused on hardware. In an interview with Fox Business back on July 23 BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that he expects “maybe two, maybe one” new phones to be launched by the firm each year. That’s much less than the number BlackBerry has traditionally worked on.
Blackberry stays quiet on Android
Despite the weight of leaks that have emerged about the BlackBerry , Venice, John Chen and his team have stayed very quiet about their plans on the Google Inc platform. The firm doesn’t look ready to commit to an Android plan before making a big announcement.
In the mean time, the leaks of the device are doing the firm’s work for it. Each new picture and story about the firm’s Android plans appears to be a hit with the market. BlackBerry, in its attempts to go its own way over the last decade, has shrunk to just a tiny shadow of what it used to be.
On Wednesday shares in BlackBerry closed at $7.66, their highest closing level since August 14. Part of that rise was based on a buoyant market on Wednesday, but the leak of new pictures of the firm’s first Android phone likely helped to prop up the stock.
Until Mr. Chen and his team are ready to make a big announcement about the future direction of BlackBerry, the firm will rely on rumors and leaks from its Android project in order to placate the more anxious of those with shares.
It seems unlikely that BlackBerry will pursue those leaking pics of the Venice with the same ferocity as it went after Mr. Durham of Wireless Zone. As BlackBerry stays quiet on its future, the firm is letting leaked pics of the Android Venice Slider do its talking for it.