BlackBerry’s new Android phone Priv to make US debut on November 6

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AT&T Inc said it would offer BlackBerry Ltd’s new Android-powered smartphone in its retail stores in the United States and online.

AT&T said it would be the first US carrier to offer the BlackBerry Priv, powered by Google’s Android mobile platform.

 Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry’s move to launch an Android phone marks a shift away from its own BlackBerry 10 platform, which failed to regain market share ceded to Apple Inc’s iPhone and a slew of Android-powered devices.
 BlackBerry Priv has a 5.4-inch QHD touchscreen and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 SoC. It packs 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage and a 3,410 mAh battery. On camera front, the smartphone has a 2 MP selfie camera and 18MP shooter at the back with OIS, phase detection autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash.
BlackBerry Priv runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

BlackBerry also closed on Monday the acquisition of rival mobile software provider Good Technology Corp, which it bought for $ 425 million to boost its ability to help corporate clients manage smartphones running on different operating systems.
BlackBerry’s shares were up 1.8% at C$ 9.70 in afternoon trading in Toronto.

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