BlackBerry’s Android phone to be released in November

BlackBerry's Android phone to be released in November

BlackBerry's Venice handset, the first to run an Android operating system rather than BlackBerry 10, is reportedly set for a November release date.

Rumours have been circulating about the new device for months, increasing rumours that the company is still interested in staying in the business of manufacturing smartphones, despite a substantial fall in sales over the last few years.

The move towards adopting Google's Android operating system is liekly to be seen as being of particular interest for users and analysts alike, particularly given the fact that BlackBerry had previously pledged to focus its operations more on its software arm.

However, any predictions that the end was nigh for the Canadian firm's hardware division look set to be wide of the mark, with a number of images leaked online appearing to show a rectangular device with a sliding retractable keyboard and curved edges.

Another interesting feature is the decision to move the device's micro-USB connector and power socket to the left-hand side of the device and placed it instead at the bottom, bring it in line with the iPhone in that it could be docked.   

Other specifications include a 5.5-inch display, which will offer a high-definition resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels, while under the bonnet everything will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 offering 3GB of RAM.

It all points to the suggestion that the BlackBerry Venice will be something of a premium device, which further adds to the narrative that the firm is keen to not only stay in the smartphone market, but even attempt to win back ground lost to Samsung and Apple.