BlackBerry rumors have been heating up over the course of the past week, all circling around an idea that’s either outright crazy or just crazy enough to be true: that BlackBerry could produce an Android-running smartphone. After first hearing about this notion of the company dropping its own BB10 OS for a forthcoming model, the story evolved with the new angle that this device could be a joint BlackBerry/Samsung collaboration. Today we check out some new developments from a pair of sources, both as we hear about some possible specs for this hardware, as well as get to see an image that might just reveal some of BlackBerry’s early work on this Android project.
Let’s start with that pic (above), posted to Twitter by an Italian BlackBerry dev. It seemingly shows a Passport running Android, and while this BlackBerry rumor had suggested we’d see Android arrive on an all-new handset, it’s conceivable that the company may be experimenting internally with the OS on existing hardware. That said, there’s a lot of convincing here left to do – maybe a video of the OS in action would help allay our concerns.
We also have some new information about that dual-curved-edge slider BlackBerry showed off back at MWC – the one rumored to possibly be the phone BlackBerry’s Android efforts get started on. Reportedly, this slider has the codename Venice and could get a big quad HD 5.4-inch display, 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 808 SoC, and a high-res 18MP/5MP camera setup. There’s no further claim that this will indeed be the Android-running BB handset, but this sounds like it could offer some killer hardware, should the company go in that direction. Word is that a November launch could be in the works.