BlackBerry has moved to dispel rumours that it will abandon the BB10 operating system, following comments made by chief executive John Chen at CES last week.
Chen had told CNET that BlackBerry will focus on Android-based phones in the future, after the relative success of the Priv slider handset in 2015.
Some took this as the end of BlackBerry’s focus on BB10 OS, which is in use on other existing BlackBerry handsets. However, the company has now issued a statement saying that it remains committed to BB10 and has plans for further updates this year.
“In the near-term, we are focused on software updates for BB10, with version 10.3.3 scheduled for early 2016 and 10.3.4 later this year,” the statement read.
“Our next update, 10.3.3, will be certified for NIAP compliance. This means BB10 will have passed the strictest government-grade security certifications. This achievement will enable us to further support our government and regulated customers who use BB10 devices and demand the highest levels of security.”
However, while the statement confirms that BlackBerry has another new Android handset in the works, it stops short of saying that there will be any more new BB10 handsets.
“Our next device being developed is an Android-based phone. Further details about our future roadmap will be communicated at a later date,” the firm said.
As such, it could be that BlackBerry will focus on creating new handsets based on Android, while just providing software updates for BB10.
This would seem a sensible strategy based on BlackBerry’s current position. Android dwarfs BlackBerry for market share at 57.29 percent compared with just 1.05 percent, based on the latest Netmarketshare.com data.