New rumors are swirling about BlackBerry and the Android connection after the company bought Android-related domain names and signed an Android-related deal with Google.
First Post reported that BlackBerry has bought the domain names “AndroidSecured.com” and “AndroidSecured.net.” While the company has not made any solid announcements on releasing an Android-powered phone, this has led to more speculation that the company is indeed on its way to embracing Android and releasing new smartphones running on the platform.
BlackBerry has responded to the comments on the domain purchase, First Post said, stating that it is routine for the company to register domain names in order to address the cross-platform range of its portfolio.
“Android is an important part of our cross-platform enterprise software strategy,” the statement added.
A business deal announced between Google and the Canadian phone company also added to the speculations, PC Mag said.
In an announcement at the BlackBerry official blog, the company said that it is partnering with Google to “set new standards in enterprise mobile security for organizations deploying Android devices.” BlackBerry and Google, under the terms of the deal, will cooperate in order to integrate BlackBerry’s BES12 security software with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Google Play for Work.
Rumors began after Reuters said that BlackBerry expects to install Android on a future handset. This handset might come out at fall this year, and might probably be the mysterious Android-powered slider handset that was introduced in YMC this year.
John Chen declined to confirm the report, First Post said, but recently said that he would think about building an Android-powered BlackBerry phone if they can find ways to secure the platform.
Taiwanese media outfit DigiTimes also reported that BlackBerry is allegedly looking to roll out multiple Android handsets in the second half of this year. The report claimed that the phones will also integrate BlackBerry’s application services including BES12, BBM and BlackBerry Blend.