BlackBerry is having a hard time competing in the smartphone market that’s dominated by iOS and Android, many have suggested that the company should give up its platform and start making Android smartphones. The company’s next smartphone does appear to run Android, a heavily modified version of it from what we’ve seen up till now, and now there’s a rumor that a new variant of the BlackBerry Passport will be released in 2016 which will be powered by Android.
The BlackBerry Passport was released late last year, it features a rather unique square design and some innovative new features, it’s powered by BB10 OS. The handset hasn’t done much to improve BlackBerry’s fortunes.
According to the rumor this handset will be called BlackBerry Passport 2 and will only be released in 2016 if the BlackBerry Venice does well in the market.
Venice is the company’s upcoming slider handset first teased by BB at MWC earlier this year, it’s appears to be running an iteration of Android which heavy customization as well as BlackBerry’s own software. This handset is likely to be launched in November.
BlackBerry has not officially commented on this rumor.