Blackberry Officially Acknowledges ‘Priv’ Android Flagship


In a move that will surprise absolutely no one in the Android community, Blackberry announced this morning at their Q2 earnings call that they are working on an Android flagship device called ‘Priv’. We all know that they are referring to the Blackberry Venice slider that we’ve seen leaked time and time again over the past few months. As expected, it seems Blackberry’s strategy for breaking in Android will focus on their expertise in security and privacy.

The funniest part of this announcement is that Blackberry put up a full webpage discussing the fact that the name ‘Priv’ leaked for the Venice device earlier this week before they could announce it. Apparently, Blackberry can’t keep their own information safe, but they’re prepared to sell you a phone for several hundred dollars on the promise they can keep your information safe. Make sense? Me neither. Maybe Blackberry planned the leak of the name, not that it would make any sense still.

In any event, the device itself (security claims aside) looks pretty nice. Hopefully Blackberry will give us some official launch information soon now that they’ve acknowledged this device is a real thing.

Source: Blackberry

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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!"