BlackBerry’s Android phone: Venice

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BlackBerry has been in the news lately, mostly due to the company’s nostalgic name and rumors that BB would eventually be sold to another manufacturer. At one point, sellout rumors were high until BlackBerry was acquired by a Canadian bank. Rumors persisted (though more quietly than before), but Samsung was named to be a buyout savior some weeks ago. The rumor fell through, but BlackBerry and Samsung did seem to hint that the two were working on a smartphone – together.

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It will be a nice change from BlackBerry’s own operating system, but an exclusive at this point in the game could hurt the phone when it hasn’t even arrived on the market yet. Keep in mind that Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are available on all major carriers worldwide and it’s likely that Samsung and BlackBerry have reached a non-competitive agreement about the BlackBerry edge, if that does indeed become the smartphone’s name; the agreement would prevent sales of the BB edge from eclipsing or cannibalizing sales of Samsung’s own current edge smartphone – which would explain the AT&T carrier exclusivity.

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