It’s almost difficult to remember a time when the Blackberry reigned supreme as the smartphone choice for busy and important people.
On Friday, as part of the company’s second quarter financial reports—which were less than stellar—CEO John Chen confirmed that Blackberry would indeed be releasing the smartphone that can be expected by the end of this year. “Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy,” Chen wrote in a press release. “Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.”
Blackberry’s move to Andriod, Google’s popular mobile software, will mean their smartphone will be able to run more than a million apps already created for the software. Other details are scant, but today’s report strongly indicates the phone will have a slide-out keyboard.
More details about the Priv will be available over the next few weeks. According to the company’s press release, the device will be available “late in the calendar year.”