BlackBerry is likely to equip its upcoming smartphone with Android’s software for the first time ever.
According to sources, Android would be a part of BlackBerry’s strategy to focus on software and device management. They maintained that by launching an Android-based device of its own, BlackBerry would be sending a signal to people that the company is confident about the BES12 system which can not only manage, but also secure smartphones and tablets powered by rival operating systems.
It is an about face move for Blackberry which had initially rejected Android owing to its confidence in its BlackBerry 10 line of phones which unfortunately bombed in the market, thereby failing to get back the share it had lost to Apple iPhone and Android powered devices in the market.
Blackberry’s current market share is less than 1%.
BlackBerry will probably use Android on an upcoming slider device that is most probably going to be launched in Autumn. The slider will combine a touch screen with a physical keyboard that users can use if they prefer.
By developing an Android device that boasts a large touchscreen and a physical keyboard, BlackBerry looks forward to leave its footprints on the Android market with a difference. The device may attract those still using older BlackBerry keyboard handhelds but who want access to the larger app options Android offers, reports Reuters.