Monday, 24 August 2015

BlackBerry 'Venice' Android Phone



BlackBerry's anticipated 'Venice' Android slider smartphone has been in the news for weeks now. While the Canadian company is yet to make the handset official, there's no shortage of leaks about the it.

The latest one again comes from one of the most reliable tipsters on the Internet, Evan Blass, (aka @evleaks) who has shared a gif image showing BlackBerry's Productivity Suite of apps on the alleged 'Venice' Android slider smartphone. The tweet read, "Nothing else keeps you as productive as BlackBerry".

To recall, the BlackBerry Productivity Suite includes BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, BlackBerry Contacts, Documents to Go, Input, and Universal Search. BlackBerry's Communication Suite includes BBM, Worklife for BlackBerry, BBM Meetings, BBM Protected, SecuSuite for BlackBerry, and Global Support. Lastly, the Security Suite includes BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12, VPN Authentication, Secure Work Spaces, Enterprise Identity by BlackBerry, BlackBerry Blend, and Password Keeper.

The presence of such a large number of pre-loaded apps indicates that the BlackBerry 'Venice' smartphone will not be a stock Android device. @evleaks also shared a screenshot of list of BlackBerry-specific apk files that come preloaded on the 'Venice' smartphone. Blass said, "This is no stock Android handset."

Last week, a couple of gif videos were leaked showing the Android-based BlackBerry device in its full glory alongside a high-resolution leaked image. The full image of the BlackBerry Venice's front panel came up on Twitter, and showed some Android apps on the screen such as Google Play, Google+, Hangouts, Google Maps and Android for Work. The handset is said to arrive on all four US carriers namely AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobiles, and Sprint starting November.


Based on earlier leaks and rumours, the BlackBerry Venice slider smartphone is said to feature a 5.4-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) display, a 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM, an 18-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

In other news, BlackBerry's Passport smartphone has been spotted in multiple images running Android 5.1 Lollipop. The leaked images come courtesy 4G News and show the Passport smartphone's prototype handset with Android 5.1 on top. The images of the BlackBerry Passport smartphone leaked shows the "Not for Sale" tagline tipping that the company may be internally testing how Android Lollipop runs on its handset.

In the meanwhile, a video has surfaced of the BlackBerry Passport (as well as its Silver edition), running Andorid 5.1 Lollipop.