The BlackBerry Venice is the most anticipated device from the Canadian company this year, as it will supposedly be the company’s first Android smartphone and one to sport a unique feature: a sliding keyboard. John Chen and co. teased the new BlackBerry Venice a couple of times at various exhibitions and conventions, but official information about its release and specs are yet to be released. The future might be bleak for BlackBerry, as it turns out.
On October 7 and 8, The Code/Mobile event is taking place under Re/Code in California, and John Chen is yet again going to speak about the future at the convention. The event should present us with new information about the BlackBerry Venice and other new handsets that we’ve been hearing about on-and-off for the past few months. Although the BlackBerry Passport was pretty successful, it failed to reach the milestones that John Chen set out for the company’s handset business.
With that in mind, John Chen has disclosed that he is unsure of the future of BlackBerry handsets. At the Code/Mobile event, he will most likely reveal what the future holds for the industry and implicitly for the BlackBerry Venice. John Chen previously promised that in 2015 we would see at least 4 new handsets from the company, but we’re yet to see all of them. The BlackBerry Leap is not very successful, and we should still be in for three other devices, including the BlackBerry Venice slider.
John Chen will most likely either reveal a launch schedule for the BlackBerry Venice and another new flagship smartphone, but he will also talk about QNX and how it’s doing in smart cars across the planet, as well as its own software business and the improvements that the company is going to make over the next few years. The event is still a month away, so we might be hearing more about the BlackBerry Venice in the meantime, but it doesn’t look like the company’s handset business has much of a future right now.