Blackberry is developing a new smartphone with slider keyboard that will run Google Android, instead of Blackberry 10. Industry insiders are alluding that Samsung will be making the phone, with a keyboard and Blackberry will be providing a fleet of apps.
The leaked images and details of the Blackberry Slider, code-named Venus shows a new slider handset comprising of a 5.1-inch dual-edge display sporting 2K resolution and would be powered by an octa-core processor. What will reportedly make this device different is that it has a QWERTY keyboard that would slide out and make old-school Blackberry loyalists right at home, even if it is on Android.
One of the big selling points of all the new phones that Blackberry has produced in the last three years is the Android emulator. This was a way Blackberry could get thousands of new apps working on their phones, but there is a major drawback. The emulator is not very advanced and really suffers on phones such as the Blackberry Classic or Q10, since they have square screens. Most apps such as Vine have the video clipped and many games simply can’t fit everything on the screen.
Blackberry and Samsung have partnered together in the past on various projects. One of the most notable is the BES12 a cross-platform EMM solution on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets embedded with Samsung’s own enterprise Knox technology.
I think Blackberry would do very well to run a native version of Android on a smartphone, as long as they continue to support the Blackberry 10 OS. It would have more market appeal because users could easily install their app market of choice, and not be locked into exclusively dealing with Amazon or Blackberry World.