BlackBerry to launch multiple Androids by the end of 2015

The beautiful BlackBerry Venice. Photo: @evleaks

Will BlackBerry’s first Android look this good? Photo: @evleaks

BlackBerry fans who have switched to Android have been waiting for the Canadian company to deliver an Android-powered device with a physical keyboard for years, and now it appears that we could see several of them before the end of 2015.

According to a new report from DigiTimes, citing sources in BlackBerry’s supply chain, the company is in talks with several manufacturers based in Taiwan to deliver “multiple models of Android-based smartphones in the second half of 2015.”

Those manufacturers are said to include Foxconn, Compal Electronics, and Wistron.

As expected, the devices will run Android — likely a near stock version — with several BlackBerry services pre-installed, including the popular messaging platform BBM, BlackBerry Blend, and BES12, BlackBerry’s device management platform for enterprise customers.

Not only is BlackBerry hoping that these devices can save its smartphone business and keep the company alive, but also serve to demonstrate that BES12 works just as well on third-party platforms as it does on BlackBerry’s own BB10 operating system.

DigiTimes has been inaccurate in the past, and we tend to take its claims with a pinch of salt. But we’ve been hearing about Android-powered BlackBerry devices for months now, and many of the reports have come from trusted sources such as Reuters.

It seems like just a matter of time before we see an Android smartphone with a BlackBerry logo on it, then — and we only hope it looks as good as the BlackBerry “Venice” render suggests it will be.