As part of Blackberry’s Q2 Fiscal 2016 results, the Canadian smartphone maker, officially announced to the public that they are developing a new Android-powered smartphone to be called ‘Priv’.
According to the phone maker, the new blackberry device brings together the best of Blackberry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Executive Chairman and CEO of Blackberry, John Chen, via the Company’s official website.
He said; “I confirmed today that the slider phone we very briefly unveiled earlier this year will indeed be an Android smartphone named PRIV by BlackBerry.”
“Priv is described to be born from Blackberry’s ultimate mission, which is protecting customer’s privacy”
“In recognition of our long history of valuing our customers’ privacy we’ve named our next generation phone Priv, a name that has tremendous value for everyone worldwide.”
Chen went on to assure loyal Blackberry users that Blackberry 10 will still continue, even if they will release a new Android device.
“While the new device will provide a choice in OS to new and existing customers, the company remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which enables industry-leading security and productivity benefits.
In developing and enhancing the BlackBerry 10 operating system, the company confirmed plans to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements, with version 10.3.3 scheduled-to be available in March 2016.
“Second, the company will continue to develop and enhance the BlackBerry 10 operating system and is confirming plans to release platform updates focused on security and privacy enhancements, with version 10.3.3 scheduled to be available in March 2016,” Chan said.
BlackBerry expects the device to be available late in the calendar year in major markets in-store and online, and will release further details in the coming weeks.