In a bid to improve its financial health and remain competitive in the smartphone market, BlackBerry could consider launching its first Android powered smartphone this fall, claims Recode.
The very first Android BlackBerry smartphone is expected to be a slider device that will combine a touch screen with a physical keyboard. Since we haven’t seen any new Android smartphone with a physical keyboard since a long time now, the BlackBerry could be the first Android smartphone in years to offer a physical keyboard. Along with BlackBerry’s signature hardware feature, the smartphone could also include several key features that are part of the BlackBerry 10 OS.
According to the website’s sources, BlackBerry wants to send a signal by launching an Android powered device, as it shows the company is confident of its BES12 system and that it can secure smartphones and tablets powered by rival operating systems.