Latest BlackBerry Android rumors take new direction, suggest lower-end hardware

BlackBerry may be planning to introduce a new smartphone that skips BB10 entirely and runs Android, instead: so say rumors that emerged about a week ago. Since then, we’ve been trying to get a better sense for just what form this device might take – assuming that the reports have a glimmer of truth in them. That’s led to a lot of talk about hardware, including the theories that this Android-based BlackBerry could be the slider the company showed off at MWC (one subsequently rumored to have some seriously high-end hardware), or maybe something developed with the help of Samsung. There’s also that pic we saw that seemed to show a Passport running Android. The latest wrinkle to emerge is the claim that while BlackBerry may be planning some Android hardware, the first such model would be a lower-end device targeted at developing markets.

Beyond that idea of a low-powered BlackBerry Android, the source behind this rumor starts getting into speculation. Supposedly BlackBerry has been developing a full-touch handset codenamed Prague, and while there’s no direct evidence that Prague would run Android, it might generally be a good fit for this idea of the phone not quite being a flagship-caliber model.

The source also mentions that Prague could be in line for an August launch, but again, with no link to BlackBerry necessarily planning to introduce an Android-based device in August. That has this whole thing feeling a little loose, but hopefully we’ll come upon some more convincing evidence soon for just how this rumored Android project might see its commercial debut.

Source: N4BB

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