BlackBerry’s 2015 device road map has been somewhat lacking this year, with the Cobalt Blue Classic, Graphite P’9983, and Silver Edition Passport being solid (although cosmetic) updates that really didn’t do much to evolve the company’s hardware ecosystem, but that may change in a significant way.
When the Venice slider was teased back in March at MWC , it was assumed for the most part that the device would be running BlackBerry’s BB10 OS – this was based around early rumours, and the first photos of the engineering prototype showed a stocked BB10 interface.
However, the Venice Slider may run the Android OS – this was first made apparent when prophetic leaker Evleaks (@evleaks) showed off the first render of the slider running Lollipop. What gave even more credence to the rumours of Android running on the device were renders showing off various UI elements and how it would run Android and interact with the phone. The renders also show off the 18 megapixel camera the Venice will allegedly use, in addition to the glass weave finish on the back of the device.
Finally we get to the two most recent blurry photos of the new device. They don’t show much in the way of interface or design, but the frequency means a formal announcement can’t be too far off. More photos of the device can be found here and here.