Blackberry "Venice" Android slider phone rumors grow louder

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story imageFamed phone leaker @evleaks is at it again, this time with a few more shots of BlackBerry's forthcoming Venice handset. Venice is a slider phone that sports a large touchscreen display and runs Android instead of Blackberry's proprietary BB10 operating system. It slides up to reveal a physical QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode, giving owners of the device the best of both worlds, or so BlackBerry hopes. The Canadian outfit has been struggling for the past several years, and is hoping Venice will change that. The company built a reputation that was based in part on excellent hardware keyboards, and though the mobile market has moved to touchscreens, there are still many users who prefer the feel of a physical plank. Venice will give users a choice between the two input methods. Venice has been "confirmed" to launch in November on all four national U.S. wireless carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

As one who loves BlackBerry hardware but not the software, I'm excited about the potential of a proper QWERTY phone with Android apps. Because these are leaks, the details are still up in the air. Nonetheless, it's looking more and more likely that BlackBerry will be launching an Android phone sometime this year. It's also becoming increasingly clear that the device will probably be a slider, and that it will possibly run Google Play services.

Re: Hardware keyboards, security, customer support (Score: 1)

by on 2015-08-19 20:13 (#HWDS)

This reminds me of the Torch, the last slider I think they made, around 2010 or so. It was a really thick/heavy phone to hold or carry in your pockets, and a lot of people who were assigned one at work were envious of teh lighter candybar formfactor. I still root for Blackberry, but I don't find this device form very appealing. Samsung is going to release (in Asia only, sadly) a flip phone Android device, on the other hand, and that interests me a bit more (not sure why, but I really loved flipphones, if only because when closed they provided natural protection for their screens).

Secondly, for what it's worth, when I heard 'slider' I got excited, thinking it would be landscape mode, not portrait mode. I always liked those side-sliders that came out in the early days of Android.
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