Friday 15 December 2017

BlackBerry to focus on Android handsets this year


Emma Clark

BlackBerry has one or two handsets to release this year, but it won't be using BlackBerry's software. Instead, these handsets will run on Android.

BlackBerry won’t be releasing too many smartphones this year, but the plan is that whatever devices it does release will run Android OS.

CEO John Chen confirmed to CNET that one or two devices will be released this year, both of which will run Android. This follows in the wake of the smartphone manufacturer dabbling with Android with the release of the BlackBerry Priv.

The BlackBerry Priv appears to be working out. “So far, so good," Chen said. "I'm taking a cautiously optimistic view."

What does the future hold for BlackBerry 10? Well, Chen didn’t say that BlackBerry is to abandon the OS. The company is planning to get national security certification for BlackBerry 10 so the devices can be used in certain government and corporate projects. And BlackBerry will still offer the BlackBerry Classic and older devices. But there will be no new BlackBerry 10 handset released this year.

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