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BlackBerry domain name registrations suggest Android smartphones coming

BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, once said that the Canadian phone maker would consider making smartphones running Android only if it manages to make Google’s mobile OS “secure enough.” Now, BlackBerry has just registered the “AndroidSecured.com” and “AndroidSecured.net” domain names, further adding fuel to the rumours. The domain name registrations were spotted by The Domains.

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The new domain names were registered via corporate domain name registrar MarkMonitor, but the screenshot above shows they belong to BlackBerry Limited. The domain name registrations suggest that BlackBerry was successful in making Android more secure, which also suggests that Android-powered smartphones made by the company will soon see the light of day.

We’ve learned from past reports that BlackBerry is working on at least two Android-powered BlackBerry smartphones. The first is said to be code named “BlackBerry Prague,” which is an entry-level smartphone that looks a lot like the all-touch BlackBerry Z3. According to reports, the smartphone will be launched in August. The second is the “BlackBerry Venice,” which is a high-end slider that sports a screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, and 3 GB of RAM. Reports say that the Venice will be released in November.

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Curved Blackberry Venice running Lollipop revealed in new leaked render

We’ve recently been coming across rumours claiming that BlackBerry was planning to launch a high-end slider that runs Lollipop called Venice. Now a new render reveals more of the rumoured device.

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The render above was posted on Twitter by leak master Evan Blass (aka @evleaks). The render shows the BlackBerry Venice’s curved screen, which looks similar to the curved screen found on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, a front-facing speaker, a microUSB port, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and two volume buttons on the right side of the smartphone. Most importantly, it shows the device running Android 5.0 (Lollipop). What the render doesn’t show is the slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard, which we have seen in past leaked renders.

According to past reports, the BlackBerry Venice will sport a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie-centric camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor with four ARM Cortex-A53, two ARM Cortex-A57 cores, and an Adreno 418 GPU, and 3 GB of RAM. One version of the BlackBerry Venice is said to run BlackBerry 10 OS, while the other is said to run Android Lollipop. BlackBerry is expected to lift the lid on the Venice in November, with US network operator AT&T being one of the first to offer the device.

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Does this keyboard render show another Android-powered BlackBerry smartphone?

Past reports have revealed that BlackBerry is getting ready to lift the lid on two Android smartphones. The BlackBerry Praque is said to be the first. Reportedly, it looks like the affordable BlackBerry Z3, which is an all-touch device. It is said to launch sometime in August. The BlackBerry Venice is said to be the second. It is said to be a slider with a curved Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge-like Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) screen, and is said to be gearing up for a November launch. It looks like there will be a third Android-powered smartphone made by the Canadian phone maker, as a render of the device’s keyboard has been leaked.

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Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), renowned for leaking information on yet to be announced devices, is responsible for leaking this physical QWERTY keyboard render. We have to point out that it doesn’t look anything like a slide-out keyboard said to belong to the BlackBerry Venice, nor does it look like the all-touch BlackBerry Praque that is said to look a lot like the affordable BlackBerry Z3. What it does look like is the 3-row QWERTY keyboard, which can be found on the BlackBerry Passport. This is an indication that the device will be high-end.

What makes the render more interesting is the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) software buttons shown on the screen. This is an indication that the device will run Android.

Unfortunately, this is all we know about the third Android device by BlackBerry at the moment.

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US AT&T to offer Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider

We’ve learned from previous rumours that BlackBerry is cooking up a high-end slider codenamed Venice. The most interesting part about the rumour is that the slider is said to run Android with BlackBerry services slapped on top. Now, according to a renowned leak artist, the Venice will be heading to US carrier AT&T. The Venice is said to launch towards the end of the year, specifically in November.

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Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) is the leak artist in question. He tweeted, “The Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider is AT&T-bound.”

Past reports have revealed that the BlackBerry Venice slider is a high-end device with a physical QWERTY keyboard, a 5.4-inch curved screen (just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge) with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor with four ARM Cortex-A53, two ARM Cortex-A57 cores, and an Adreno 418 GPU, and 3 GB of RAM. It is rumoured that the Venice will run Android.

Rumours claim that the Venice may not be the first Android-powered device BlackBerry launches. We’ve learned that an entry-level device codenamed “Praque” will be the first. It is said to resemble the affordable BlackBerry Z3 and could be released sometime in August.

Update:

Responding to Blass’ tweet, Twitter account @_quenquen said that the BlackBerry Venice headed to AT&T is “one of the variants.” He (or she) adds that the Venice “will come with BlackBerry 10 Edition and Android Edition packed with BlackBerry Experience.”

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BlackBerry Venice to run Android, offer BlackBerry services, and designed with the help of Samsung?

BlackBerry showed off a smartphone code named Venice at MWC 2015 in Barcelona Spain. The device is a slider that runs BlackBerry 10 OS. According to past reports, the Canadian  smartphone maker is planning to launch an Android-powered smartphone. According to hit and miss Russian tech blogger, Eldar Murtazin, the Venice is that device. BlackBerry is expected to launch the Venice in the fall.

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Recently on Twitter Murtazin tweeted, “Samsung + BlackBerry = Android-smartphone with Lollipop + services BlackBerry.” The images above shows the Venice side by side with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Judging from the leaked specs of the Venice, it looks like the two will share a lot of similarities, namely a 5.1-inch edged screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), an octa-core processor under the hood, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

According to the rumour, Samsung could be involved in designing the rumoured Android-powered slider. Although just a rumour, it would make sense for the two to partner up on a device. After all, both have been working on projects such as an encryption algorithm BlackBerry provides Samsung for the KNOX secure “sandbox,” and the SecuTablet, which is an enterprise Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 that runs BlackBerry’s corporate OS.

Given Murtazin’s hit and miss reputation, take this with a pinch of salt.

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