BlackBerry may launch Android device with a hardware keyboard

BlackBerry logoA report from Reuters says that according to "four sources familiar with the matter," BlackBerry is gearing up to launch an Android phone. The device would of course have a hardware keyboard, but it is said to be a slide-out keyboard model.

The report says an Android phone would mark the company's pivot to "focus on software and device management." BlackBerry's BES12 enterprise mobility management software works across operating systems, and Reuters sources say an Android-powered Blackberry phone would allow the company to show off just how well it works with other operating systems.

BlackBerry may launch Android device with a hardware keyboard

Reuter's sources peg the Android hardware as the mystery phone Blackberry briefly showed off at Mobile World Congress. The device had a screen with curved edges, similar to a Galaxy S6 Edge, and a hardware keyboard that slid out from the bottom.

Reuters contacted BlackBerry for comment and was told, "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 is down to less than 1% market share now, so it really has nowhere to go but up. If it really put its heart into Android hardware, we think a good amount of people would be drawn to a good hardware keyboard.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: BlackBerry, mobile phones

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