BlackBerry may launch a future phone with Android installed rather than its own OS.
The Canadian manufacturer has experienced a marked decline in fortunes over the past seven years or so, and is allegedly considering adopting Google's world-straddling OS as a solution.
That's according to a new Reuters report, at least, which claims that BlackBerry has conceded its attempts at a revamp with the BlackBerry 10 OS have been a failure.
The new BlackBerry Android phone will apparently be a slider device that combines a touchscreen with a physical keyboard, and is likely to be released this autumn.
It's claimed that the decision to adopt Android is part of a wider BlackBerry strategy to focus on software and device management rather than the entire OS.
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This adoption of Android would also play into BlackBerry's new device management system, BES12, which allows businesses and governments to manage a variety of platforms on their internal networks, not just BlackBerry.
In launching an Android device, BlackBerry would be sending a signal that this management software works with rival platforms, and is capable of securing even the famously open Android OS.