Blackberry’s Android-powered Priv Smartphone

blackberry-privBlackberry will ship its first Android smartphone, known as the Priv, before the end of the year. It is called “Priv” because the name refers to the company’s “heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy,” and that the handset will combine “the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.”

The announcement is buried inside Blackberry’s BlackBerry Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Results (PDF) available as a PDF file at http://goo.gl/CYSQqw:

“I am confident in our strategy and continued progress, highlighted by our fourth consecutive quarter of year-overyear double digit growth in software licensing revenue and sixth consecutive quarter of positive free cash flow,” said Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chen. “In order to expand our leadership in crossplatform software and services, we are investing strategically – organically through new products and services based on the BES platform, and through acquisitions like AtHoc and Good.”

“At the same time, we are focused on making faster progress to achieve profitability in our handset business. Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy. Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform,” continued Mr. Chen.

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