A couple weeks ago (June 11), Reuters broke a story that BlackBerry may release a smartphone this fall that runs the Android operating system.
"The move would be an about-face for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company, which had shunned Android in a bet that its BlackBerry 10 line of phones would be able to claw back market share lost to Apple's iPhone and a slew of devices powered by Android," wrote Reuters' Euan Rocha.
Unnamed sources told Reuters the move to run Android could enable BlackBerry to pivot, to focus on software and device management. Once a dominant smartphone manufacturer, BlackBerry now has less than 1% of market share.
Phone Arena poll: 67% of respondents would get a new BlackBerry if it ran Android.
"It is not clear whether a move to use Android would spell the end of the company's BlackBerry 10 line of devices that were initially launched to much fanfare in early 2013," Rocha wrote. "After positive early reviews, the late-to-launch BlackBerry devices haven't competed well with Android or Apple, mainly due to a lack of big name apps."
According to sources, the Android-powered BlackBerry will likely be a slider device that combines BlackBerry's signature physical keyboard with Android's vast app ecosystem.
Today, Phone Arena published a readers poll that found (out of 2,159 votes) 67% of respondents would get a new BlackBerry if it ran Android.
Stay tuned for updates on this story in the coming months.