Blackberry is a company that many, myself included, didn’t think would last this long. But it has clung to life with a loyal fan base. That base isn’t enough to sustain BlackBerry, though, so it’s turning to a different tactic. Blackberry is going to become a manufacturer of Android devices. Its first device is codenamed the BlackBerry Venice, and according to a new leak, it’s arriving in November with a launch on all four major US carriers.
Famed leaker @evleaks has leaked a couple photos of the device with the above information. The biggest news is that the BlackBerry Venice will indeed have a physical, sliding keyboard. Simply slide the phone up to access a full physical QWERTY keyboard, which should be a welcome addition for the loyal BlackBerry customers who will be looking to switch over.
In case there was any doubt… pic.twitter.com/yfFfyqEg5v
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 19, 2015
A second collage of images also shows two software additions from BlackBerry. The first is a content transfer system that looks like it’ll be available for existing BlackBerrys as well as the new BlackBerry Android devices. It’ll allow customers to back up everything on their old device and have it automatically restore onto their new BlackBerry. The other addition is that of BlackBerry Hub, which we expected to be on the Venice. For those unfamiliar, BlackBerry Hub is a one-stop shop for managing email, texts and social media.
As of now, we’ll just have to wait until November for official word on the BlackBerry Venice. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on further leaks and rumors.