BlackBerry does a double back, says keyboards are here to stay
Last week, BlackBerry discontinued production of the BlackBerry Classic, raising speculation in tech circles that the departure of the Classic would result in BlackBerry 10 OS' eventual demise. However, Marty Beard, Chief Operations Officer at BlackBerry published a blog post dispelling all doubts on the future of BlackBerry 10 OS.
"I made the rounds the past couple of days with the press to set the record straight, and the message was this – BlackBerry is not backing away from BB10. Our customers depend on the BB10 platform and they are the ones that drive our roadmap," he wrote.
"That is why we are committed to not just maintaining BB10 software, but advancing it to be even more secure and provide even greater productivity. You’ll see that with the next 10.3.3 update coming within the next month, which will be focused on enhancing our already-stellar privacy and security features. Future BB10 software updates for 2017 are already in the works. Meanwhile, BlackBerry 10 devices such as the BlackBerry Passport and Leap are still available to our loyal customers," he added.
Beard also said that BlackBerry was the only company to combine the feel of Android with the best security solutions provided by BB10. BlackBerry's handsets also offer and will continue to offer users the choice between physical and virtual keyboards. BlackBerry's integration with Android in future devices will ensure that users will be able to access apps like WhatsApp and Facebook which no longer run on pure BB10 devices.
RIP BlackBerry Classic, gone never forgotten
According to leakster Evan Blass, BlackBerry is working on three new Android phones code-named Neon, Argon and Mercury. While the first two will be touchscreen models, the latter will sport a physical QWERTY keyboard. Argon, which is reportedly the most advanced among the three phones, will feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 21-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras. It will also bring in a fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C port for quicker data transfers and fast charging and a powerful 3,000 mAh battery.
BlackBerry devices currently available on the company's UK website are the Priv, Leap, Classic and Passport. Priv currently costs £549 and is also available on Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go deals at Carphone Warehouse, Clove, Mobile Phones Direct and Unlocked Mobiles. The Leap, Passport and Classic which run pure BB10 OS are also available for £195, £425 and £385 respectively.