While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Silver Edition Passport running Android, the fact that more pictures are popping up of this device shows it’s definitely more than just a fun prototype from BlackBerry. According to this latest leak, this BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, which is shown running Android Lollipop 5.1, could be launched as a second edition Passport. While that’s apparently the current plan, there’s also a chance this device may never see the light of day though.
Rumors around this device basically state it will only be sold if the BlackBerry Venice brings in enough Android users back to BlackBerry. That slider is expected to be announced in November, so that means we may not see a Passport running Android until early 2016 at best.
Fortunately for BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Venice will reportedly see good support in the U.S. at launch. All four major wireless service providers in the states will be carrying the Venice, a first for a BlackBerry device since 2013. The addition of Android to the device coupled with full carrier support could potentially mean a greater number of sales for the Canadian manufacturer – more than it’s seen with its BlackBerry 10 lineup so far. We’ll have to wait and see what BlackBerry’s plans are not only for the Slider but also for the Passport going forward.
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