According to some reports, BlackBerry is working to develop its own operating system. BlackBerry to Announce its own Secure Android OS. The company is calling its operating system BlackBerry Secure, which will come with all security features that are available with a BlackBerry-branded smartphone.
BlackBerry to Announce its own Secure Android OS
“We have a number of different contracts that we are working on right now. We expect some to be announced soon,”
BlackBerry Senior Vice President, General Manager, Mobility Solutions, Alex Thurber said.
“We have an agreement with Optiemus for the India market for BlackBerry Secure.”
Under this licensing deal, a smartphone manufacturer will be able to launch its own-branded smartphone with the security features.
According to some reports, the Canadian company is currently in talks with various hardware manufacturers to reach licensing agreements for the soon-to-be-announced OS.
According to BlackBerry:
We have already started talking to a couple of medical manufacturers. John Chen had also talked about TVs – there is an amazing amount of products that run Android and since we are able to make a very secure Android, we think there are a lot of opportunities. We have a very specific plan and we are working to that plan… We believe it is important to bring security into every element of enterprise of things.
Last year, the company has announced to stop manufacturing its hardware. Blackberry took this step because its hardware business has been losing money for some time. There was a 47% decrease in the revenue for the quarter. Moreover, it downs sharply from its days of billion-plus quarters less than three years ago.