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BlackBerry will be the next Android Smartphone Vendor

A new product rendering of the unannounced BlackBerry Venice is lending credence to rumors that the company will turn to Android for its next smartphone.

The image, posted on Twitter by Evan “evleaks” Blass, shows a BlackBerry phone with an Android interface, complete with Google apps such as Drive, Maps, and Chrome. The image also appears to show a display that curves around the edges, similar to the one on Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge. (Rumors have also suggested a slide-out physical keyboard, though this doesn’t seem to appear in Blass’ image.)

Refer to the phone by the codename BlackBerry Venice. Rumored specs include a 5.4-inch display with 2560-by-1440 resolution, a 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, an 18-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera.

Assuming Venice is real, reports suggest that it’ll launch in November. BlackBerry itself briefly teased a phone with a slide-out keyboard at Mobile World Congress in March, but that device appeared to be running the BlackBerry 10 operating system. It’s unclear whether Venice will solely run Android, or ship alongside a BlackBerry 10 version.

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