BlackBerry to launch Android smartphone Priv this year

BlackBerry CEO

BlackBerry CEO
BlackBerry today announced that its slider device Priv running on the Android operating system will be launched this year.

The Android smartphone will be on the BES12 platform offering security for enterprise customers.

BlackBerry will launch the device in the calendar year in major markets in-store and online.

While the new smartphone will provide a choice in OS to new and existing customers, the Canadian vendor remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said: “We are focused on making faster progress to achieve profitability in our handset business. I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy.”

The company will enhance the BlackBerry 10 operating system 10.3.3 and will launch in March 2016 – focusing on security and privacy enhancements.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry said its revenue for the quarter ended August 29, 2015 fell to $490 million from $916 million in the same quarter previous year.

The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 15 percent for software and services, 41 percent for hardware, and 43 percent for service access fees (SAF), BlackBerry said.