It seems that BlackBerry is making a Hail Mary pass with Android-based, QWERTY-packing smartphones. The BlackBerry Venice has seen plenty of screen time, but now the phone is back with additional promo images hinting at Android 5.x Lollipop with BlackBerry software and integration.
From previous leaks we already knew the basic design of the Venice – a vertical slider reveals a hardware QWERTY keyboard. At its bottom is a loudspeaker that remains visible even when the slider is closed.
Then there's the Passport-like device. We don't even have a codename for it, but now there are images of the whole thing. It has a square screen and a large 3-row hardware keyboard. Interestingly, leaked images of both devices show plain Android with several extra apps – maybe BlackBerry will resist the urge to fix the interface that's not broken.