BlackBerry is thinking to use Google’s Android operating system (OS) on its new sliding phone for the first time, according to a Reuters report, citing four sources familiar with the issue.
The sources said the move is a part of the Ontario, Canada, based company’s strategy to focus on software and device management. Once leader of the smartphone market, BlackBerry now has a share of under one percent.
However, the company rejects rumors that using Android will affect BlackBerry 10 OS devices launched in early 2013.
“We don't comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched,” said BlackBerry in an email, while Google declined to comment.
Much of BlackBerry 10;s library is comprised of emulated Android apps, while a BBM Messenger app has also been released on iOS and Android.
An Android BlackBerry device with a large touchscreen and a physical keyboard may help the company increase its market share.
According to the Reuters’ sources, the new BlackBerry smartphone with Android installed is expected to be released in autumn.