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BlackBerry Priv Android handset confirmed

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BlackBerry Priv Android handset confirmed

It's leaked quite a few times, but now BlackBerry's first Android handset is official.

Chairman and CEO John Chen announced the existence of the phone in the firm's earnings call. He also confirmed it will be called the BlackBerry Priv. Until now, it's been known by its codename, the BlackBerry Venice.

As expected, the phone will be a slider with full access to the Google Play Store for downloading apps. It will also support Android for Work on the BES 12 enterprise security platform.

And if you're wondering about the name, Priv is short for privacy, to emphasise how secure the handset will be.

Chen said: "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.

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

Despite showing the handset off in an, at-times rather shambolic, hands-on, BlackBerry has yet to confirm the Priv's specs.

Rumours suggest it has a 5.4-inch screen, Snapdragon 808 chip, 3GB of RAM and an 18-megapixel camera. Expect confirmation soon.

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