Blackberry Venice shown in Hands-on Pictures

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The Blackberry Venice is pretty much a sure thing at this point, and it doesn’t appear to be all bad. After several specs leaks and renders from Evan Blass, we now have several hands-on pictures today courtesy of Android Authority. In the new pictures we can see some nice details of the software running on the device, which appears to be a near stock build of Android. Blackberry has customized some of the menus and even mapped some additional shortcuts to long-pressing the home button…a spot typically reserved for Google Now. The colors in the menu look a bit Samsung-esque…flat with blue, yellow, and green hues.

Perhaps the most interesting tidbit in the AA story is that the boot screen shows a Bugdroid holding a shield, alluding to the fact that Blackberry will market this device as a secure option for Android enthusiasts. This strategy makes a lot of sense, and I’ve alluded to this possibility since the rumors initially broke back in May. Blackberry may have a big hit on their hands within the enterprise sector. I’m still not sold on the idea of a slide-out keyboard, but I really want to try this device at this point. We expect the Snapdragon 808 and 3 GB of RAM inside so the phone shouldn’t have any performance issues. Details on the camera and exact software experience are still scarce, but hopefully Blackberry will acknowledge the phone’s existence soon. We expect a November release, but an announcement could be coming much sooner, stay tuned to HOA for the latest details as they break! Check out the gallery below for all the pretty pics!

Source: Android Authority

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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