BlackBerry’s next phone may not be just another boring QWERTY handset. Instead, the company could surprise us all with an Android device, at least according to a new report from Reuters citing four anonymous insiders.
Specifically, BlackBerry is considering an Android-powered slider phone. The company actually teased the device earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, revealing a curved display design with a slide-out keyboard. At the time we assumed it would run the BlackBerry software, but that may not be the case.
There are a few good reasons for BlackBerry to release an Android phone. The new device could help win back old customers who prefer’s Google’s ecosystem but miss their old QWERTY keyboards. It could also demonstrate the power of BlackBerry’s own services and features, especially when it comes to security and productivity.
The real question is whether the company is considering ditching its BlackBerry 10 operating system entirely. That seems unlikely, and a statement from the Waterloo phone-maker suggests this would be a brief departure at most.
“We don’t comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched,” BlackBerry told Reuters in an email.
We’re curious to see what a BlackBerry-designed Android phone would look like. Unfortunately there’s no word on when the device will actually launch, though hopefully the company won’t wait too long to finally embrace Android.