It has recently come out that Blackberry may use Android software for it’s next phone. Rather than being stuck in the past, Blackberry hopes to reemerge back in the competition. At the Mobile World Congress, the company briefly showed off it’s new phone. While specs of it are unknown, it will supposedly have a curved display.
If the rumor is true, why would Blackberry want to rely on Android? As it turns out, there past phone models haven’t been doing so well in the smartphone market. To put it in perspective, Blackberry’s market share in the smartphone industry is less than one percent.
According to the website, Reuters they reported that, “It is not clear whether a move to use Android would spell the end of the company’s BlackBerry 10 line of devices that were initially launched to much fanfare in early 2013.” And some of those devices have received positive reviews. They just haven’t held their own against the popularity of the iPhone or Android devices. At the same time, it would seem likely that if Blackberry were to move to Android, their initial 2013 devices would come to an end.
And Blackberry has commented on the rumor, but not in the way we hoped. In an email to Reuters, they wrote, “”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.”
The Verge reported that Blackberry has been known to use Android in the past. They wrote that, “BlackBerry 10 relies on emulated Android apps for much of its library, the BBM Messenger app was eventually released on iOS and Android, and BlackBerry has integrated its security technology into the Knox software on Samsung’s Android phone.”
The Telegraph noted that Blackberry’s newest device, if it has Android, might appeal to people who are using it’s older devices. It gives them the option of using useful apps that Android offers. They would go to say, “By making an Android device that boasts a large touchscreen and a physical keyboard, BlackBerry hopes to snag a niche in the touchscreen-dominated Android market.”
Now, if Blackberry can actually confirm the use of Android software, then this would put people’s minds at ease. While we sit and wait, are there any Blackberry users here? Would you be excited to see something like this?