BlackBerry to make only Android phones in 2016

first_imgAiling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry will make only Android phone(s) in 2016. As such, its homegrown operating system, aka BB10 will be taking a backseat this year. Company CEO John Chen made the startling revelation in an interview at CES in Las Vegas.According to Chen, BlackBerry will launch at least one new Android phone this year. A second Android-based phone may follow should the first one do well. In short, chances of a second phone happening will likely depend on the success of the first. Whatever be the case, both these phones will run Android OS out-of-the-box.     The company is reportedly working on its second Android phone. The phone in question is allegedly codenamed Vienna . Early renders of the phone suggest a traditional BlackBerry phone design, much like what we have in the Classic and the likes. This would be a stark departure from the Priv, which is the company’s first Android phone.The Vienna will reportedly come with a physical keyboard upfront and boast of a candybar form factor with a large screen and a textured back. The Priv meanwhile has received a mixed response in the limited markets that it has been made available for now. The phone costs $699 in the US, which roughly translates to Rs.45,457. It comes with a 5.43-inch QuadHD AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card.It sports an 18-megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilisation along with a 2-megapixel camera on the front.advertisementlast_img

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