During a conference with shareholders and analysts at the end of last week, BlackBerry CEO John Chen talked about the company’s most recent fiscal report and then revealed that a brand new tablet will soon appear on the market. This time, however, the operating system of the device will be Android.
In the whole history of BlackBerry, only one tablet was released in the market with its name, the PlayBook, the model of the photo above. You may remember that device, which generated a fair amount of buzz at the time, but which in fact did not sell as much as was expected. The big flaw in that device was that there was not a robust enough app store, since the operating system was the old QNX, which eventually became the BlackBerry 10 according to TimelessTablets.
Now, however, the company will launch its tablet on a much more interesting platform, Android. We still do not know which manufacturer will make the device, but Chen commented that “one of its partners” will be responsible for the hardware while the BlackBerry itself will take care of the software.
At present, the Canadian company has three hardware partners that manufacture and sell devices on its behalf: China’s TCL, India’s Optiemus and Indonesia’s BB BB Merah Putih. Apparently, one of them contacted BlackBerry and asked for the licensing to sell Android tablets under the brand.
Unfortunately, we have no further details about the tablet. Therefore, we do not know when exactly it will reach the market or at what price it will be sold. In any case, it is very unlikely that it will come to the Brazilian market.
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