BlackBerry is considering using Google's Android operating system on future devices, according to a report on Reuters.
The move would be unusual, but could do something to stop the catastrophic decline in BlackBerry sales. The company has struggled since the arrival of the iPhone and Android.
Reuters quoted sources close to the company as saying that a lacklustre industry response to recent BlackBerry releases may have pushed it into the decision, and that Android may appear on at least one handset.
Blackberry to launch its first Android phone. This is exactly like your parents finally giving you consent to marry a girl of your choice.— R. (@AbstrusiveBeing) June 12, 2015
The sources are not named, and have been told not to discuss the plans publicly. BlackBerry declined to confirm or deny the rumour.
"We don't comment on rumours and speculation. But we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched," the firm told Reuters.
The reported plans include a hybrid slider device with a keyboard and a touchscreen. This would combine the BlackBerry devices that were once such an enterprise must-have and the more consumer feel of the newer rival smartphones.
BlackBerry posted modest revenues of $660m in March, significantly down on the figure of $976m in 2014. BlackBerry chief executive John Chen said at the time that efforts to transform the company were paying dividends.
"Our focus this past year was on getting our financial house in order while creating a multi-year growth strategy and investing in our product portfolio," he said.
"We now have a very good handle on our margins, and our product roadmaps have been well received. The second half of our turnaround focuses on stabilisation of revenue with sustainable profitability and cash generation."
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