It appears BlackBerry is seriously considering building an Android-based device in the not too distant feature.
Since the attempted reboot of the BlackBerry legacy with the launch of BlackBerry 10 in 2013, the Waterloo based OEM has continued to struggle to maintain about 1% of the global smartphone marketshare.
Should the rumours be confirmed, a move to the "dark side" of Android would be a slap on the face of the BlackBerry legacy which the founders and stakeholders have fought so hard to uphold.
According to Recode.net, Google reps have refused to make any official comment on the rumours:
We don’t comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched.
Two other sources report that if BlackBerry moves forward on a plan to launch an Android device, it could come with some of the patented features in its BlackBerry 10 operating system.
On the business side of things, this could be a good move for BlackBerry, as the company looks to shift focus to its software and enterprise offerings. And if we think about it, it all makes sense. Little wonder, they've been making aggressive moves to monetize BBM.
Would you seriously consider purchasing an Android powered BlackBerry device?