BlackBerry’s Android Slider Phone Is Called the Priv and Will Be Available This Year

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BlackBerry has been teasing us with its plans for an Android-powered slider smartphone for months, promising in March that the device would be available sometime this year. Now, as part of the company’s second quarter financial results, CEO John Chen confirmed the name of the handset — the BlackBerry Priv — and reiterated a planned release date later this year. “Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.” Chen said that the Priv was one of the BlackBerry devices that would provide the company with “modest sequential revenue growth” in the remaining quarters of the fiscal year. BlackBerry is describing the phone as its “flagship slider device,” but stressed that it’s not abandoning the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which will be updated to version 10.3.3 in March next year.

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