BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition news: new Passport shown running on Android Lollipop, codenamed 'Oslo'


The upcoming BlackBerry Passport Silver Editionor as rumors call it, the BlackBerry Passport 2 or the BlackBerry Oslowas recently spotted in a video running on Android Lollipop OS.

As reported by CrackBerry, a video posted by YouTube user Dudu Rocha Tec. showed the Blackberry Passport Silver Edition running on Google’s Android Lollipop OS. At first glance, one may think that this is just some clever project by someone knowledgeable enough to tweak around the handset and was able to flash the operating system on it.

However, a closer look at it showed that it looks not to be the case. The video showed that the said version of Android Lollipop on the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition features applications that are tailor fit for BlackBerry phones. It also has all the basic Android applications, such as Google Play Store.

Famed mobile leaker Evan Blass also showed a file screenshot of the Blackberry-centric apps found on the alleged Android-running smartphone, and noted that it’s not a stock Android handset.

CrackBerry reported that the presence of Android OS on the handset could mean that the company is in testing stage on using Google’s open source software on its smartphones.

The video follows the surfacing of a render of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition shown running an Android Lollipop OS.

According to previous rumors, the new Blackberry Passport Silver Edition/Passport 2/Oslo will be running under a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, with an Adreno 330 GPU. The phone boasts of a massive 3GB worth of RAM, with 32GB of built-in internal storage. An external microSD card expansion is supported, which expands the phone storage up to 128GB. It will have a 13 megapixels of rear-facing camera, with 1080p HD recording capability at 60 fps. Adding to that is a 2 megapixel front facing camera. The device may very well run on BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 and will be powered by a 3450mAh non-removable battery, with an estimated 3G talk time of 23 hours.

No word is out yet as to the release date of the device.