It has been rumored multiple times over the past couple of weeks that the next smartphone from BlackBerry is going to be powered by Android, the company has not yet confirmed if it has any plans of abandoning BB10 OS and shifting to Google’s mobile platform. Nevertheless rumor has it that the company’s first Android powered smartphone may be internally referred to as the BlackBerry “Prague.”
It was previously believed that the BlackBerry Venice, a slider handset that was teased at MWC 2015, is the one that gets Android as the operating system but apparently that’s not the case.
According to N4BB, BlackBerry is actually building a completely new device that’s called the BB Prague internally and that it’s a low-end handset which is going to be geared towards the emerging markets.
The Prague is said to be similar in design to the BlackBerry Z3, another low-end handset from the company, which is powered by BB10 and has done quite well in emerging markets across the globe.
Many are interested to see BlackBerry’s take on an Android handset, particularly the customizations that it will make to the software to stick to its root of a secure ecosystem which some believe is a pipedream on Android.
Obviously nothing can be said for sure unless BlackBerry confirms it and the Canadian manufacturer has been mum on the subject of an Android smartphone up till now.