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Blackberry set to licence their android build to other manufacturers

Blackberry was able to stop their decline after dropping BlackberryOS and adopting Android. (Source: Braddye)
Blackberry was able to stop their decline after dropping BlackberryOS and adopting Android. (Source: Braddye)
Blackberry is in talks with device manufacturers to license their security enhanced Android build, according to the India Times. Blackberry already has three brand licensing deals, and this move would increase the market coverage of their software.

After being one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, Blackberry has been relatively obscure for the last few years. After dropping their Blackberry OS platform, they joined dozens of other manufacturers in making Android handsets, but with an enhanced focus on strong security. Despite this move to Android, Blackberry has remained a relatively small player in the current smartphone market.

An article in the India Times reports that an official within the company said that Blackberry was in talks with a number of device makers, including several within India, to license their Android build. The build would contain software based security enhancements made by Blackberry and would give more variety in the types of handsets for consumers to choose. They are calling this operating system and supporting ecosystem "Blackberry Secure."

Blackberry has already set a president in licensing their brand to three partners around the world in a similar fashion to the Nokia/HMD brand license. BlackBerry Senior Vice President, Alex Thurber, said "We have a number of different contracts that we are working on right now. We expect some to be announced soon." and he indicated that they weren't just looking at smartphones, "We have already started talking to a couple of medical manufacturers. John Chen [BlackBerry CEO] had also talked about TVs - there is an amazing amount of products that run Android and since we are able to make a very secure Android, we think there are a lot of opportunities."

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Craig Ward, 2017-08-27 (Update: 2017-08-27)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.