Sales of the BlackBerry Priv might not have been as much as expected, but BlackBerry is still going to stick with the Android operating system for its next two smartphone launches.
The troubled Canadian based company plans to launch two mid-range Android operated smartphones at a later date this year. Reports indicated that one of the phones would feature a physical keyboard as is synonymous with most BlackBerry devices and the other one would be completely touchscreen. The BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, mentioned that the company planned on putting the price for the phones at $400. This would be a huge decrease from the $699 that the BlackBerry Priv launched at.
The BlackBerry Priv was the first commercial handset built with an Android operating system by the Canadian company.
“We’re the only people who really secure Android, taking the security features of BlackBerry that everyone knows us for and make it more reachable for the market,” Chen said.
The executive officer also made clear that Blackberry had no plans to develop new devices which would feature the BlackBerry 10 OS for the foreseeable future. The company is still going to support the operating system tho because of the many clients they have that still use the service. Chen, who has floated an idea to sell the BlackBerry’s handset making division, might just go on with it if recent results do not change for the better.