BlackBerry confirms Venice handset will be known as ‘Priv’

BlackBerry confirms Venice handset will be known as 'Priv'

BlackBerry's new handset that went by the name of Venice is to be released under the name of Priv. 

Pictures of the handset have been circulating around the internet for a while now, but reports suggest have now offered a greater level of insight into the new model.  

Confirmation of the new name has come in the form of an official statement from the company, which read: "BlackBerry is announcing two new additions to its handheld device roadmap. First, the company will launch a flagship slider device, Priv, which will run on the Android operating system, bringing together the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform. 

"In combination with BlackBerry's efforts to support Android for Work on the BES12 platform, the new device will offer best in class security for enterprise customers. 

"BlackBerry expects the device to be available late in the calendar year in major markets in-store and online, and will release further details in the coming weeks."

The move has been made all the more significant by the apparent move to the Android operating system – a move that has capped off plenty of chat within the industry about the possibility of a so-called crossover handset.

The Canadian company's chief executive John Chen gave a video demonstration of the BlackBerry Priv and its slide-out keyboard during an interview with BNN.

That showed the company has chosen to retain the BlackBerry Passport's dual-role keyboard, where the keys are capacitive and allow the use of gestures for additional controls.

Speaking at the recent Waterloo Innovation Summit, Mr Chen outlined his ambitions for the company's hardware, admitting it had lost its edge and wanted to claim it back.