blackberry venice renderThe upcoming BlackBerry Venice is rumored to be an Android-powered slider smartphone. Now it might seem a bit hard to envision a company like BlackBerry turning to Android given the love many users have of its BlackBerry system, but in case you were still a bit skeptical, @evleaks has posted a new photo which should clear your doubts.

While this has yet to be officially confirmed, @evleaks has had a very good track record so far when it comes to leaks and rumors, so there is a chance this render might be the real deal. As you can see in the image, it clearly shows a BlackBerry-made handset with Android Lollipop running the show.

It also appears that there will be Google Play services preloaded on the phone, meaning that you can access apps such as Google Maps, Hangouts, and the Play Store where you can go ahead and download even more Android apps for your phone. We have to say we are liking what we see, even though we’re not sure if physical keyboards are still in demand these days.

As for those who are wondering when the phone will be released, an earlier report had suggested that it will be launched in November where it will be available on all four major US carriers, but until we hear from BlackBerry officially, take it with a grain of salt for now.

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