Blackberry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) Prepares For A More Secure Version Of Android


After the introduction of iOS and Android operating system, BlackBerry’s which was known for its very secure interface went down. Due to growing completion in the market, the company slowly lost its popularity in the multi-billion smartphone market. It later shifted its focus and business to development of software.

A recent report released by Techook has indicated that the Canadian BlackBerry is currently planning to unveil a much secure version of the Android operating system which will be called BlackBerry Secure. The company intends to license other smartphone OEMs to operate their devices.

Reports have indicated that in the company is currently in talks with a number of Smartphone makers including Optiemus and TCL to secure license for its own version of the Android operating system.

According to Alex Thurber, the Senior Vice President and General Manager at BlackBerry, the company has several contracts that it is currently executing and he hopes that they will be able to announce the outcome in the near future. He added that they currently have an agreement Optiemus that will enable the company make inroads in the Indian market.

In addition, the company is exploring possibilities of offering the secure operating system for televisions, medical devices and wearables. In a statement, the company’s CEO said they have already initiated talks with a number of medical manufacturers. The company’s CEO further added that there are a number television brands that run on the Android operating system and because BlackBerry is in position to develop a secure version, it is likely to open a lot of opportunities. Thurber said the company has a very specific and well-crafted plan which they intend to embark on its implementation.

BlackBerry intends to fast track the process of updating its secure version of the Android Operating System. When it first unveiled the PRIV BlackBerry set aside a whole post on its blog, indicating that it would speed up the process of releasing Google’s monthly security updates, offer prompt hot-fix patching and commercial-managed updates. The company intends to take the new initiative beyond just licensing its brand name.