BlackBerry confirms its Android-powered slider is coming

Venice gets a new name. Photo: @evleaks

Venice gets a new name. Photo: @evleaks

BlackBerry has finally confirmed its Android-powered slider is real and coming soon, but it will launch with a brand new name that’s nowhere near as cool as “BlackBerry Venice.”

BlackBerry first Android device, which combines a curved glass display with a slide-out physical keyboard, has leaked out many times in recent months. Not only do we know exactly what it will look like, but we have a good idea of what kind of features it will be packing, too.

Until now, however, the BlackBerry Venice was far from official. We knew it was in testing, but we couldn’t be certain it would ever make it to market. Now BlackBerry CEO John Chen has provided us with good news… for the most part.

Chen today confirmed BlackBerry’s first Android device is coming, and it will be called the BlackBerry Priv. The new name is derived from BlackBerry’s focus on privacy.

“Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy,” Chen said today after announcing the Canadian company’s second quarter earnings.

“Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.”

We still don’t have a date for Priv’s release — though recent reports have suggested it will come in November — but at least we can get a little more excited for it now.