Blackberry has produced some stunningly good designs in the past and some stunningly bad compromises. And the Priv probably ranks among the latter, I’m afraid. It’s the company’s first foray into Android, which is why you’re reading this here on AndroidBeat. Don’t get me wrong, the Priv is a supremely powerful computing device, but it’s also unnecessarily overpriced and overcomplicated. Blackberry is absolutely right to give up on BB OS 10 and head for Android, but this isn’t the beachhead that we wanted.
The BlackBerry Priv launches on AT&T’s network in the U.S. today, and just in time, the embargo from its reviews have been lifted as well. So, how good is the Priv? Will the handset be able to save BlackBerry or is the company doomed for good?
The Priv is BlackBerry’s first Android device, and despite its high price tag, it is an impressive smartphone that comes with a slide-out keyboard. If you were planning on buying a Priv, but were worried whether the device will receive regular updates or not, the latest announcement from BlackBerry will definitely help in making your decision easier.
The BlackBerry Venice is a phone that’s not quite official just yet, but that hasn’t stopped the handset from showing up in front of the camera more than a few times.
At this point, it is no secret that BlackBerry is working on a smartphone running Android. The device, codenamed Venice, will feature a slide out portrait QWERTY keyboard as previous leaked renders have indicated.
BlackBerry ‘Venice’ Android-powered slider leaks again, will be available on all major U.S. carriers in November
It has been widely speculated that BlackBerry will finally be ditching its own BB10 operating system, and opting for Android for its next flagship dubbed Venice.