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BlackBerry’s first Android device ‘Venice’ looks absolutely gorgeous


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BlackBerry is heavily-rumoured to be working on its first smartphone running Android and this could be our first look at the finished article.

The rock-solid leak artist Evan Blass (AKA @evleaks) is back on form with what appears to be an official render of the phone BlackBerry has codenamed Venice.

The attractive device appears to show a display with two curved edges, just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

The screenshot shown on the render features a host of core Google apps like Chrome, Maps, Drive and Picasa, suggesting BlackBerry could even roll with an raw Android-like experience with minimal UI tweaks of its own.

It’s not clear from the render whether the device will feature the sliding keyboard that appeared on stage at Mobile World Congress in March.

Blass says the device will launch on the AT&T Network in the United States, but it’ll surely be available in different markets also.

Recent rumours have suggested the BlackBerry Android device would offer a 5.4-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB RAM. The spec sheet also suggests a 18-megapixel front having camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

If these core specs are correct than Venice will be a match for any of the top end Android devices on the market when it launches, potentially in November.

Earlier this month BlackBerry CEO John Chen warned Google must up its security game before an Android phone could be built.

“We only build secure phones and BlackBerry is the most secure phone so, if I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that.”

Read more: How to install BlackBerry apps on an Android phone

Would you buy the Android BlackBerry phone? Share your thoughts below.


July 3, 2015, 9:21 pm

Not sure if I understand "who" will up the security: previously, we read that BB would build the phone if "Google ups its security game".

Now we read: "if I (I being Chen?) can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that.”

Why is (or is it only a rumour ?) the design all done, when we don't know if the security fits Chen's requirements.


July 3, 2015, 10:27 pm

At last BlackBerry realised they are not good at making operating systems. Unfortunately this does not allow them to differentiate sufficiently from other Android phone manufacturers and will be much harder to compete.

Perhaps devices with physical keyboard and Android could be small niche, but then they were complaining about Android security

Andrew Nicholson

July 5, 2015, 8:29 am

Personally, I love the BB10 OS. The integrated hub is a dream for someone who has multiple email/social media accounts and android app support is good (but not without fault). But if BlackBerry can integrate the hub within their Android skin, they could be onto a real winner.

Prem Desai

July 5, 2015, 11:42 am

Looks really nice. A pop out keyboard would be a bonus.

Hopefully BB don't tinker with it to try and make it "secure" (whatever that means) and the phone is released with native android ......

Dead Words

July 5, 2015, 11:10 pm

Mmm...I'm not a fan. It looks better than a lot of other Android devices out right now, but I'm not sure I'd ever buy it based on looks alone.
Also, Blackberry is just downright confusing in places. They need to choose a plan and stick with it instead of bounding around like a frightened rabbit. Half the reason they're dying is because they won't commit to anything.


July 6, 2015, 12:22 pm

Reminds me of a Lumia 800 with a HTC One speaker setup .


July 11, 2015, 5:36 am

SECURITY, SECURITY, SECURITY!!! if every single app on this device is asking access to contacts, emails, texts, photos, videos, etc... and i can not deny any or all requests (like android apps) then no thank you. i will go with iphone instead.

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