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BlackBerry Confirms Priv name for Android Smartphone

News by Luke Jones on Friday September 25, 2015.

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Yesterday the official name of the BlackBerry Venice, the company's first device to run the Android platform, leaks as the oddly title Priv. That led to predictions that BlackBerry would ditch its BB10 platform and go completely to Google's Android, something we disagree with. Today CEO John Chen revealed the Priv is indeed real and even hinted that the claims of no new BB10 devices could be true.

A CNBC blog post by Chen said that the company wanted consumers to know that they were not alone in a world of privacy breaches, as even the name of the new BlackBerry was (accurately) leaked. The post also pointed out that this leak showed that the company?s devices are still essential to consumers. We would just point out that just about every smartphone gets leaked these days, essential or not.

There have been rumors that BlackBerry will ditch BB10 for Android and will even release a version of the Passport with Android on board. While Chen did not confirm either of those rumors, he did not say any new BB10 devices would come and merely said existing models would continue to be supported. Pretty ominous if you read between the lines as a fan of the BB platform.

"Priv will be the solution for smartphone users who are learning daily of the lack of privacy they have on their current devices. Priv will be the answer for former BlackBerry users who miss the physical keyboard but needed apps. And, we're responding to current - and prospective - BlackBerry users who need it all: choice, innovation, security, privacy and productivity... What's unique about our Android phone is that we are collaborating with Google to bring the best of BlackBerry security and productivity to the Android ecosystem."-John Chen, CEO, BlackBerry

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