Hot on the heels of the release of the Priv, images of a second Android-powered BlackBerry device have appeared.
Crackberry has the scoop on the device, which is codenamed ‘Vienna’, and it’s quite different to the Priv. For a start, the physical keyboard isn’t just still present, it’s now omnipresent as it doesn’t slide away, as on the Priv.
In another departure from current Android trends, the ‘back’, ‘home’ and ‘recent’ buttons at the bottom of the screen will be actual hardware buttons rather than on-screen. The keyboard is very reminiscent of ‘classic’ BlackBerry phones.
Even more Android
The switch to Android came off the back of poor sales of phones running the company’s own BlackBerry 10 operating system.
While that OS is technically very good, BlackBerry has been unable to solve the chicken-and-egg problem of needing more users to encourage developers to build more apps for the platform, while needing more apps to encourage people to adopt it.
So it appears that the Priv wasn’t just a one-off – which is good news as we were pretty impressed with it, awarding it four stars.