There’s good news for all those who can’t do without Blackberry’s famously amazing keyboard: The company is pondering a move to Google’s Android operating system, according to reports.
The major strategic shift could see Google’s operating system on Blackberry’s very next phone, according to Reuters’ sources.
The move would be part of BlackBerry’s new strategy of focusing on software and device management.
Just how running someone else’s software is a software strategy remains to be seen, but Blackberry has long been able to put its secure email on virtually any device, having previously made it available for Nokia phones.
It decided to copy Apple and scrap the program, ensuring if you wanted Blackberry software you had to buy a Blackberry phone.
So while a shift in strategy it isn’t something completely new to the Canadian company.
In February, Blackberry deepened its partnership with Google by allowing its server software to manage Android Lollipop devices, becoming part of Google’s ‘Android for Work’ enterprise mobility initiative.
It has also recently partnered with Amazon.com to make 240,000 Android applications available to BlackBerry users via 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 said in a statement.