BlackBerry is expected to launch its first Android smartphone this year. While the company hasn’t officially introduced the device yet, it’s reportedly code-named “Venice,” and we’ve seen a bunch of pictures already.
Now Android Authority has a series of new images, and they give us the best look at the phone’s software to date.
As expected, the phone has a large touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard with physical keys. At first glance, the BlackBerry Venice seems to be running a stock version of Google Android Lollipop, but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that BlackBerry has added a number of custom features.
First up, the phone comes with BlackBerry Messenger, contacts, email, and other apps. Second, there’s an option to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up not only a Google Now icon, but also shortcuts for device search and email apps.
There are also a series of home screen shortcut and widget options that give you quick access to BlackBerry features.
BlackBerry also appears to have developed a custom version of Android’s Recents view. Instead of showing recent apps and websites in a card-style view that you can flip through, the BlackBerry Venice uses a series of tiles to display apps. Frequently used apps will have larger preview tiles, while apps you use less frequently will be smaller.
Android Authority says the phone’s expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and an 18MP camera. It could be officially introduced in November.
You can find more images at Android Authority.