BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

Firm may focus on device management instead, reports newswire


BlackBerry is pondering kitting out its next smartphone with Google's Android operating system, according to reports.

In a major strategic turn the firm is considering running the Chocolate Factory's operating system on its next mobe, reports Reuters.

Citing multiple source, the newswire said the move is part of BlackBerry's new strategy to focus on software and device management.

The firm's BES12 server can already manage enterprise mobe devices running Android, iOS, Windows Phone.

In February BlackBerry further increased its partnership with Google by extending the server to manage Android Lollipop devices, teaming up with Google's 'Android for Work' enterprise mobility management biz.

It has also partnered with Amazon.com to make 240,000 Android applications available to BlackBerry users through the Amazon Appstore.

"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," Blackberry told Reuters in a statement. Google declined to comment, it said.

After a long run of haemorrhaging cash, the company temporarily broke into the black during Q4 of fiscal ’15 ended February. However, its total revenue for all of fiscal 2015 was $3.34bn, a 51 per cent decrease from the previous year.

BlackBerry's first quarter fiscal results will be out later this month. Its annual shareholder meeting will be on 23 June. ®

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