Reuters is reporting this evening that BlackBerry could be making an Android-powered smartphone for release later this year. Sources told Reuters that while a launch of this type wouldn’t spell the end for BlackBerry 10, it is part of the company’s focus towards a more software-oriented path. According to the report, CEO John Chen is looking at BES12 as a main source of revenue, and not device sales going forward.
Reuters points out the upcoming BlackBerry Slider as the rumored Android-powered device that’s in the works. As we all know, this device was teased at Mobile World Congress, and shown off but it obviously looked to be running BB10 instead of Android. Is it possible BlackBerry decided to add an Android variant to the mix as well?
BlackBerry provided Reuters the following statement: “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched.”
Google on its part declined to comment on the report.
In our podcast back on April 28th, Niko, Lucas and I discussed the possibility of Android on a BlackBerry device (Have a listen below starts at 9:30) and how we had heard an Android device was in the works. The money is there, and BlackBerry could definitely take advantage of making both Android and BlackBerry 10 devices.
However, we want to know what you guys think. How would you feel about BlackBerry making Android and BlackBerry 10 devices at the same time? While it would certainly help sales, could it hurt the BB10 brand? Sound off in the comments below.