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See the first video of BlackBerry’s Android phone in action

See the first video of BlackBerry’s Android phone in action

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BlackBerry's Android phone is looking really, really nice. The Venice has turned up yet again in a brief hands-on video from Canadian phone reseller Baka Mobile, and Android Authority has also published a handful of new photos. BlackBerry hasn't deviated far from stock Android with the software seen here, but there are some handy customizations that should make it much faster to launch emails, texts, and (naturally) BBM. The recent apps screen is also custom and resizes applications based on how frequently you use them.


Android Authority reports the Venice will be powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor, putting it on equal footing with smartphones like the Moto X Pure Edition and LG G4. Other rumored specs include a 5.4-inch screen, 3GB of RAM, and an 18-megapixel camera. And from the hands-on video, we can see that the slide-out QWERTY keyboard is fully capacitive, allowing you to scroll through lists just by swiping your finger over the keys. It also sounds like BlackBerry has struck a good balance in terms of the phone's weight balance. But we've still got to wait for the company to give the Venice a thorough reveal before we know the full story; hopefully it won't be much longer now.