BlackBerry ‘Venice’ Will Officially Be Known As The BlackBerry Priv

One of the bigger mysteries left about BlackBerry’s first ever Android smartphone was the official name it would be launching as. ‘Venice’ has always been just a codename, and...
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One of the bigger mysteries left about BlackBerry’s first ever Android smartphone was the official name it would be launching as. ‘Venice’ has always been just a codename, and like Windermere, and other devices before it, it needed to get a name to market, and apparently now we’ve got it. According to long time leaker, @evleaks, this device will be named the BlackBerry Priv.

We’ve reached out to a couple of contacts ourselves and have confirmed this will be the official name BlackBerry goes with. For the Canadian company, this name is a nod to their privacy and security features that are being brought over to Android. It’s definitely an odd choice of a name though. The word “Priv” doesn’t exactly sound good, but it’s short, simple, and easy to pronounce in most languages.

Let us know what you think about the name BlackBerry Priv in the comments below.

– Update – Check out our hands-on BlackBerry Priv Review

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  • Kingston Fyffe-White

    Couldnt your contacts also have confirmed an announcement date;)
    Can you delete this comment plz

    • Lucas Atkins

      Yup, they did in our exclusive report on its specs… http://n4bb.com/blackberry-venice-slider-specs-release-date/

      • Kingston Fyffe-White

        Not release date, I meant when BlackBerry will reveal the phone to the world

        • Lucas Atkins

          Ah, yes, that’s hard to tell. Hopefully, they announce something at the upcoming earnings call on the 25th of September. And they will most likely have a standalone launch event too.

      • Charles W Farley

        First, did the wording of that first post get changed from “release” to “announcement” while I was logging in or was I hallucinating? Second, can you either correct the link or look up the definition of word “date?”

  • Charles Knight

    Might be different in North America but that is awfully close to the slang word for an outside toilet in the UK…

  • Stackx

    Frankly that name (Priv) is really crap, with zero appeal. Venice is so beatiful; why not keep it?

  • Chris Esparza

    BlackBerry Privvy