BlackBerry said to be working on an Android smartphone

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After quite a lot of speculation that BlackBerry should abandon the company’s own operating system and make Android phones instead, it seems that it might actually happen.

Unlike the previous speculation however, it appears that the company isn’t planning on just turning into another Android vendor. Rather, an Android device could help BlackBerry improve its reputation as a device management company.

BlackBerry is expected to release an Android phone

At one time BlackBerry was the top smartphone vendor, but BlackBerry devices are becoming increasingly less popular, accounting for less than 1% of worldwide smartphones sales in the first few months of 2015, according to Gartner. In the USA, BlackBerry phones accounted for just 1.5% of the market, based on numbers from ComScore.

With such low numbers of handsets being sold, BlackBerry has changed tack over the last few years to offer support services for multiple devices. A part of that strategy is BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12 (BES 12), which allows IT professionals to manage lots of different types of devices on corporate networks such as Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows.

To help prove how good BES 12 is, BlackBerry wants to release its own Android phone, according to the Reuters news agency, which says that the slider device they showed off at Mobile World Congress could be the company’s first Android phone That device has a curved touchscreen with a slide out keyboard on the back.

For BlackBerry fans, an Android phone could be good news – as you’d get all the Android apps from Google Play, plus all the BlackBerry software features that you’re accustomed to.

It’s not yet certain whether a BlackBerry Android device will be made available to consumers or just remain an enterprise product, but the company could sell the device on its own website as it does with the Leap and Passport phones.

Reuters also says that if the firm does produce an Android phone it could still create devices with its own operating system, BlackBerry 10.

SOURCE: PC World.com.

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