BlackBerry promises Android smartphone, if Google ups its security game

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has shown he knows how to get tongues wagging, hinting that an Android-powered BlackBerry handset could be in the works.

Asked whether the Canadian firm was interested in building a mobile running a complete version of the Android operating system, he said yes.

However, there’s just one catch.

“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,” said Chen, according to AndroidAuthority.

In case you didn’t pick up on that, it all depends on security.

Alleged specifications for the much-rumoured BlackBerry Android smartphone leaked last week, pointing to a slider equipped with a 5.4-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 808 CPU and 3GB of RAM.

It’s also said to feature an 18-megapixel main camera, and has been tipped for a November launch.

Earlier this week, the Canadian manufacturer said it wants to create a bacteria-free smartphone designed for use in hospitals.

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