Today, a new rumor has emerged which suggests that BlackBerry might join hands with Korean giant Samsung to launch an Android-powered device in the market. The leak comes from infamous leaker Eldar Murtazin, who tweeted that Samsung and BlackBerry are prepping the launch of an Android-powered smartphone that’ll come bundled with BB services.
As expected, not much has been revealed in the leak as to the exact launch date or what BlackBerry services would be integrated with the new Android smartphone. Though, the leak did confirm that the phone would be launched sometime this year.
However, nothing is officially confirmed at the moment and we advise our readers to digest this information with a big grain of salt, as the Murtazin has been wrong in the past in quite a few occasions. Though, at this point the two companies joining hands seems possible enough and is also in line with an earlier report by Reuters. Moreover, the fact that BlackBerry has very little experience with the Android OS and would rather rely on someone who has the expertise required, in this case Samsung.
Both companies have teamed up in the past to beef up their security measures, while it was reported that Samsung would integrate BES12 end-to-end encryption with its own KNOX software, adding another layer of security to Android devices. Hence, the rumor makes all the more sense and most likely turn out to be true.
Meanwhile last week, a report from Reuters citing four sources familiar with the matter claimed that BlackBerry is considering the possibility of adopting Google’s Android OS for an upcoming smartphone, most likely in September. The device is expected to feature a slider form factor and comes with a physical QWERTY keypad along with a large touchscreen display.
At 2015 Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, BlackBerry did tease a smartphone with a curved display, something similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge, though had a slide out keyboard. Hence, it could be the same slider device that Reuters report mentions could run on Android.
Back in March, the struggling manufacturer also announced its prepping a “BlackBerry Experience Suite,” which is essentially a collection the company’s own apps and features that’ll be made available on Android, iOS, and Windows.