Will BlackBerry abandon BB10 in favor of Android?

by: Edgar CervantesFebruary 2, 2016

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen is hoping for a brighter future in the device manufacturing business. And though it hasn’t been clearly stated, it seems Android is a main factor in this mysterious equation for success. They have been sticking to the outdated (albeit secure) BB10 for years, but the BlackBerry Priv could have simply been the first of many Android devices to come.

Rumors of at least one new Android-running device coming from BlackBerry in 2016 have been spreading. Furthermore, the company is not dismissing the possibility of a mid-range Android phone coming in the future. This is enough commitment as it comes, but it seems that’s not where they are stopping. The latest statements from BlackBerry senior director Damian Tay suggest we will see more Android BlackBerry phones. Much, much more.

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In fact, it seems the company may be considering straight out dumping their BB10 platform in favor of Android! Now, that’s a move I would call radical… and as Android fans we certainly wouldn’t dislike it.

“The PRIV device is essentially our transition to Android ecosystem. As we secure Android, over a period of time, we would not have two platforms, and may have only Android as a platform [for smartphones]. But for now, we have BB10 and Android platforms for our smartphones.

The future is really Android. We went for Android essentially for its app ecosystem. In addition, all the enterprise solutions that we have been doing have been cross-platform for a long time now. So it’s a natural progression towards Android.”

-Damian Tay, senior director, APAC product management at BlackBerry

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Tay also mentions that the main reason why they keep selling BB10 handsets is government use, but the hope is to transition to Android as the company becomes more of a services provider, instead of a platform pioneer.

BB10 continues to be the more secure option, but the plan is to bring their Android handsets up to speed. Only then will BlackBerry be able to pull such a move.

Will they reach that point? Only time will tell, but until that day comes we can at least continue to enjoy more Android devices coming from BlackBerry. We know how much you love their keyboards and build quality, and definitely understand why.


  • s2weden2000

    Choice is good..right aijphoney users?..oh sorry i forgot …

  • Jamie

    I couldn’t get passed the first paragraph because it had a huge error. BlackBerry has not been using an outdated OS for years as this article says. For the past three years it has been using the newest and most advanced mobile OS ever put on a cell phone. The reason for making an Android phone was for exactly what the exec said, they wanted access to the app ecosystem offered on Android. This belief by Android and Apple users that BlackBerry 10 (if you even know there is a BlackBerry 10) is somehow connected to the BBOS from 2012 and before is frustrating. It’s a completely new OS from the ground up, no relation to the BBOS developed in the late 1990s. It has won numerous awards as the best mobile OS on the market. The only reason it is failing is because app developers never did develop the apps in large numbers because they already devoted all their efforts towards Android and Apple. That’s it, That’s all. Sometimes the best product looses out because the mass consumer has gone to something cheaper. Hello Beta to VHS, hello Laser Disk to DVD. Hell, even Web OS 2.0 was better than Android and iOS back in 2010 but had already fallen behind because while apple and android were fixing their bugs the Web OS was full of them. Despite the tech guys pretty much all agreeing it was a better OS, it failed. It was even worse for BlackBerry trying to break in with a all new OS in 2013. use BB10 and I like it much more than Android or iOS but I don’t need many apps to keep me happy either. To each their own, just don’t believe everything you read because guys like Edgar Caventas might know a ton about Android but they don’t know squat about BlackBerry.

    • John Doe

      Laser disk to DVD? Do you mean BlueRay vs HD DVD ..?
      Or CD vs DVD .. ?

      • Jamie

        No, I mean Laser disk to DVD like I said. One would think you would at least do a Google search before making a weak attempt at discrediting me.

        • John Doe

          And you do not have a clue how to read a reply!! I was asking a question you idiot not discrediting you !! But you would probably not understand ..?

          • Jamie

            Your reply could have been taken either way. My apologies for assuming it was meant as a condescending comment. Not sure why you got so upset

    • Karly Johnston

      It is outdated just like WebOS is outdated. Edgar is a genius and knows enough about BB10 not to get one.

      • Jamie

        your a joke. Android is from 2009, BB10 from 2013 and is much more capable. It only has more apps, that’s it. Idiots like you have no idea what your talking about. enjoy your child’s toy

        • Karly Johnston

          You’re a joke. The Android run time on BB10 doesn’t go higher than JB. BB devs go to developer conferences to go clubbing while the lectures remain empty.

          • Jamie

            your complaint about BB10 is about its weakness with Android run time? How is the BB10 run time work on Android? Oh that’s right it doesn’t have it.

          • Karly Johnston

            My complaint is it doesn’t have any good software to run. An OS without that is like a console without games.

          • Jamie

            You mean third party apps. Unlike a game console the out of box BB10 does every function a person requires of a smart phone. It has more function out of the box than iOS or Android as a matter of fact. The Software produced by BlackBerry is just fine.

    • Cyrus Cunanan

      They have no idea about the QNX Hypervisor. I’m still hoping for it.

  • JohnOne

    I hope so their first Android phone is really good blackberry stop wasting your time with blackberry 10 and focus on Android Android is the future of blackberry not blackberry 10

    • Jamie

      I don’t disagree with what you say but there is a real shame to it. BB10 is an excellent OS. I don’t know that BlackBerry will be able to secure Android to the point where they can drop BB0 completely but it may become to expensive and restrictive for regular consumers to purchase. If Android could have been secured enough for governments and regulated industries I think Samsung would have done it by now.

      • JohnOne

        Samsung care nothing about security my galaxy s6 last security update was in November my PRIV update every month BlackBerry is the only company that take security seriously