Blackberry fans everywhere can rest easy. A new device will be in stores this year that meets both keyboard and app needs.
Blackberry announced its smartphone will host an Android operating system instead of the usual Blackberry 10. The new device, called the Blackberry Priv, will be available later this year. The device’s name, Priv, represents privacy and privilege.
The new device serves as a flagship slider device; meaning the device will have the signature Blackberry keyboard that slides from under a touchscreen that will host popular Android-friendly apps such as Google Maps.
Blackberry has chosen to adopt Android as its operating system in an effort to host more consumer apps. Although Android will be available on the Priv, CEO John Chen has said the company will not abandon the Blackberry 10 operating system forever, and Blackberry 10.3.3 will be available in March next year.
Blackberry executives voiced their hopes that the new device will improve sales through the remaining quarters of this fiscal year. After a series of progressively poor sales performance, it will be interesting to see if the Blackberry Priv turns around company revenue.