Images of purported Android-powered BlackBerry appear online
Vietnam resident claims to have spotted new device out in the wild
BlackBerry's rumoured Android-based handset has purportedly surfaced in the wild, according to a set of photos posted to Facebook by Vietnam resident Ba Minh Duc.
The device, dubbed the Venice, features a standard touch-screen display, though it also has a slider that reveals a full physical QWERTY keyboard. The device was teased at Mobile World Congress (MWC) earlier in the year, though the version that BlackBerry showed off featured the BB10 operating system. Duc's pictures, however, clearly show the Android OS running on the device.
There are other subtle changes that photos reveal, too. For example, the power button appears to have been moved to the side of the device, while the SIM and SD card slots are on the top. What's more, when BlackBerry showed off renders of the Venice at MWC, the vendor promised a curved screen, though the screen shown here doesn't appear to have much in the way of curvature.
The device is said to be a work in progress by all the big BlackBerry fan-sites, meaning it's likely that the final version of the Venice will have gone through a few more rounds of changes before it ships.
And in regards to that, there's no word on when exactly the new device will ship. BlackBerry has remained steadfastly silent on the issue, simply stating that the Venice will launch sometime in 2015.