Venice: First Android-Based BlackBerry Smartphone

Blackberry Venice
Blackberry Venice
Fully Android-powered BlackBerry device the “Venice” has been released a couple of weeks ago, calling it a slider with a 5.4-inch screen, 18MP rear camera and 1.8GHz Hexa-core CPU. According to Blass, the Venice will run Android, and is coming to AT&T first.

Big day of news for BlackBerry fans, a rumored Android-powered slider phone, is going to land on AT&T as an exclusive. Now we’re getting our first look at the alleged handset, compliments of Evan Blass aka @evleaks.

The image you see above is reportedly the BlackBerry Venice that we’ve been hearing so much about, and it looks good. The slide-out mechanism or the keyboard is in the video above, we can clearly see Android running on the render. It shows what appears to be BlackBerry’s intentions to allow a full version of Google’s operating system, complete with Google Play Services —note Google Maps, Chrome, Hangouts, the search bar and the standard Android buttons at the bottom.

Some reports had suggested BlackBerry’s Android smartphone was actually going to be a low-powered device, and that the Venice was going to be a more premium BlackBerry 10 smartphone. This seems to suggest the opposite. Rumor has it the BlackBerry Venice will hit sometime in November.

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