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Rumor mills are busy with BlackBerry's plan on Android-powered smartphone. Till date, the Canadian smartphone maker has released smartphone powered by its very own proprietary mobile operating called BlackBerry OS.
But, last month it was rumored that, the company is planning to release a smartphone sometime this fall, which will be powered by a widely-used Android operating system. Following this rumor, we have seen many leaked images and information about the upcoming BlackBerry smartphone running on Android platform.
Interestingly, BlackBerry is not only making one handset, but it is rumored that the company might produce two smartphones: one high-end slider and another full-touchscreen mid-range smartphone. Here is a round up of all rumors that we came across, have a look!
A BlackBerry developer tweeted an image of BlackBerry Passport running Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The leaked image shows the 'About Phone' screen in the BlackBerry Passport smartphone, displaying Android version and model number of the device. The phone's model is denoted as BlackBerry Passport SQW-ANDS.
Rumors suggests that the BlackBerry Prague might be the first Android smartphone by the company and is expected to launch sometime in August. The Prague will enter the low-end market segment and will feature all touch form factor similar to the Z3.
Deviant Art member has come up with a concept design of BlackBerry smartphone running on Android platform. The concept design is actually quite familiar to the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. The images clearly shows that some of the BlackBerry OS elements are still exists like, BBM app, multi-tasking with live thumbnails and notification.
The @evleaks has tweeted a new image of the rumored Android-powered BlackBerry. The device in the image doesn't look like a slider and neither like the Z3 smartphone. Instead, it resembles the BlackBerry Passport, which sports a 3-row keyboard.
BlackBerry Venice is said to be a high-end smartphone with a slider form factor. Again, the @evleaks has twitted a press render image of the smartphone. The device in the leaked image looks very stylish and shows the bottom side of the BlackBerry Venice featuring a microUSB port along with a 3.5mm audio jack port.