BlackBerry's dumping BB10 for Android in 2016
BlackBerry spent years wonderful-tuning BB10, however its homegrown cellular OS should take a again seat for now. Throughout an interview at CES in Las Vegas, CEO John Chen has revealed that the corporate plans to launch at the least one new Android telephone this yr. A second one may comply with, however it possible will depend on how nicely the primary one sells. Chen selected to maintain all the small print and launch dates a secret, however pc renders of what could possibly be the corporate’s subsequent Android system codenamed “Vienna” have been leaked final yr.
This does not essentially imply we’re saying to goodbye to BB10 ceaselessly. Chen is seemingly hoping that its first Android telephone, the Priv, can convey the model again into the limelight, make it viable once more and allow the corporate to make one other BlackBerry 10 telephone. Whereas Chen felt it was too early to speak about his BB10 goals, he stated he is “assured in [the company’s] profitability this yr.” The truth is, BlackBerry’s already taking steps to promote extra Privs: it’ll begin providing the handset by way of Verizon, Dash and T-Cellular someday this yr. It is presently solely obtainable as an unlocked system or with a contract by way of AT&T.