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BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) May Need an Android Smartphone to Survive

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BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) was in the news earlier this week on account of rumors that the firm is planning to make an Android phone. A BlackBerry running the full Android OS is a sharp deviation from BlackBerry’s security and stability-oriented OS. Recent revelations seem to confirm the rumors and BlackBerry might have an Android phone in the market by August.

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However, another development suggests that BlackBerry might actually be making two new devices. One of the devices might be running the BB 10OS while the other one will run a full Android OS. Another source suggests that BB “Venice” will run the traditional BB OS while a supposed BB “Prague” will run the Android OS.

All You Should Know About BlackBerry’s Android Phone

Earlier today, N4BB showed “proof” that BlackBerry is indeed building an Android device. BlackBerry started courting the Android OS with the release of its BB10 OS. The BB10 OS allows users to run some Android apps designed for BB10. You can also run other Android apps on BB10 devices by installing them with APK files. However, BlackBerry has not confirmed or refuted the rumors about its purported Android device. Below is all you need to know about the Android device that BlackBerry is reportedly making.

“Venice” is a High-End Smart Phone

Some people are already suggesting that the Android phone is codenamed “Venice”. The first set of news surrounding BlackBerry’s Android phone is a set of leaked specifications for “Venice”. The phone appears to be high-end device that can take on the current top Android phones in the market. The “Venice” reportedly has a 5.4-inch quad-HD display. It has an 18MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera. It is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and it is packed with 3GM RAM.

“Prague” is for Emerging Markets

Another rumor suggests that BlackBerry is making a second Android device codenamed “Prague”. It appears that “Prague will be BlackBerry’s solution for getting its Android phone into emerging markets.”Prague” will be similar to BlackBerry’s Z3 device. Hence, you can expect it to have a 5-inch touchscreen, 8GB internal storage and 4G connectivity.

BlackBerry Wins Both Ways

“Venice” and “Prague looks to be the betrayal of die-hard BlackBerry fans that have learnt to ridicule the Android OS. However, an Android phone might be just what BlackBerry needs to effect its turnaround. BlackBerry makes great phone with impressive build qualities. Hence, the firm might be able to attract Android users who have been sacrificing decent build quality for the freedom of the Android OS.

A Cormack analyst, Richard Tse says BlackBerry might soon cease to be a hardware company. He says “as of F2016, we estimate hardware will contribute less than 5% to BlackBerry’s absolute gross margin“. However, the BB Android phone in the making might proof pessimists like Richard Tse wrong.

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Victor Alagbe is a seasoned business and finance writer with a specialty in writing about how to invest for the long-term in healthcare, pharmacology, energy and tech stocks. His long-term focus is on stocks that provide a nice mix of growth and income. For the short term, he passionately writes about trading stock options for the excitement and leverage that stock options offer.

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