BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s CEO Makes BB10 Pledge


BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is apparently not happy with the conversation about its BlackBerry 10 operating system. In a blog post, the company’s CEO, John Chen, sought to assure fans that BB10 is here to stay despite BlackBerry recently choosing to produce Android phones. Chen said that two enhanced versions of BB10 to be known as BlackBerry 10.3.3 and BlackBerry 10.3.4 will be released in 2016.

Since the released of the Android-based Priv smartphone, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has been deafeningly quiet about the future of BB10. Speculations that the company was plotting to kill its native BB10 were heightened when representatives of BlackBerry at CES 2016 failed to make any major announcement about a coming BB10 device.

Security upgrades in BB10

However, Chen wants you to believe that BlackBerry remains firmly committed to BB10. In what seemed as a rejoinder to widespread claims on the Internet that the company was sidelining its in-house operating system for a foreign one, Chen sought to reveal that actually there are two BB10 updates in the offing this year. BB10.3.3 could be here any time and will come with NAIP certification, which means that the operating system has passed the toughest test of government-grade security.

After the BB10.3.3 release, BlackBerry will also release BB10.3.4, another version of the mobile operating system that features greater security and privacy improvements.

The message from CEO, Chen, is that in no way is BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) giving its own BB10 a wide berth. However, a closer look at Chen’s post shows that there might not be much coming to BB10 this year beyond security upgrade. Perhaps that might only fuel rumors that BlackBerry has made up its mind to stick with Android – at least for the time being.

Another Android BlackBerry

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is working on another Android-based smartphone as a follow-up to the fairly successful Priv. The next-in-line Android-based BlackBerry is known as Venice, others have called it Vienna. It is said to feature a fixed physical keyboard unlike the Priv that has dual keyboards – physical and virtual.

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is also expected to expand the availability of Priv internationally as well as make it available through more carriers in the U.S. Presently, only AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) supports the handset, but Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), Sprint Corp (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS) are expected to join AT&T in carrying Priv.

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