iphoneBlackBerry is taking into consideration releasing an Android-based smartphone for the very first time in an attempt to gain back market share and also advertise its cross-platform BES12 gadget administration system, according to Reuters. The record declares the embattled Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone maker will likely launch an Android-based slider tool with both a touchscreen and bodily key-board in the fall.

‘BlackBerry Ceo John Chen is relying on the firm’s new tool management system, BES12, that permits business as well as federal government customers to not only handle BlackBerry tools on their internal networks, but also tools powered by Android, Apple’s iOS system as well as Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating system.’

BlackBerry, once a pioneer and market leader in the mobile phone industry, has battled to contend with the iPhone and also numerous preferred Android-based mobile phones over the previous 8 years, and also now has less compared to 1 percent market share among mobile operating systems. Relatively, iOS and Android integrated for 96.3 % market share in the 4th quarter of 2014, while Windows Phone powered 3 percent of devices.

BlackBerry hopes to load a particular niche in the mobile phone market by releasing a tool with both a large touchscreen and bodily keyboard, focuseded on consumers that still like relying on the renowned BlackBerry keyboard however want accessibility to the extensive Android application ecosystem. Nevertheless, the company ensures that the technique to Android does not necessarily signify completion of the road for BlackBerry 10 devices.

‘We do not discuss rumors as well as speculation, but we remain dedicated to the BlackBerry 10 os, which supplies security and also productivity perks that are unmatched,’ a BlackBerry representative informed Reuters. BlackBerry 10 software program was launched in January 2013 and powers gadgets such as the BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Z30 and BlackBerry Q5.