Your next Android smartphone might be powered by an Android ROM developed by BlackBerry. According to a new report, the company is thinking about licensing its secure version of Android to other smartphone manufacturers. What this means is that the manufacturer will make the hardware and it will be powered by BlackBerry’s custom version of Android which the company claims is more secure than any other iteration of the mobile platform.


BlackBerry completed its shift to Android a couple of years ago. It no longer makes devices powered by its own operating system.

The company has added an additional layer of security to the Android platform, though. All of its Android smartphones also come with its DTEK security suite for enhanced control. BlackBerry also pushes out the monthly security patches from Google rapidly.

According to a report published by The Economic Times, the BlackBerry Android ROM is going to be called BlackBerry Secure. The ROM is reportedly going to have all of the security features that can be found on BlackBerry’s Android devices right now.

It’s unclear at this point in time which companies that make Android smartphones will opt for a ROM from BlackBerry, considering the fact that most have their own custom ROMs for their devices.

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