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It looks like Blackberry may return to the tablet market as the chief of the company has stated that one of the company’s licensed partners is interested in manufacturing a new Android-powered Blackberry tablet. Chen said in a conference call that “you may soon see a Blackberry tablet”.
While John Chen did not mention which company is keen in building the new slate, the current companies that are licensed to make Blackberry-branded devices are the Chinese-based TCL, the Indian-based Optiemus, and the Indonesian-based PT BB Merah Putih. Back in 2011, Blackberry had released a tablet called the Blackberry PlayBook that ran on the QNX operating system.
"One of our partners are (sic) very excited to build a tablet based on Android, and so they wanted us to give them the portfolio rights to do that. I'm interested to do that because I'm going to get royalties for every tablet they ship. I will just leave it at that, and it's not even that, we have to curate it, we have to do a lot of things on with it, so it's not a 100% committed thing but it's gonna come from our partners and BlackBerry will only receive royalty but it's using our software and we do the QA and portfolio management, so I hope that clarifies that point."-John Chen, CEO, BlackBerry
Business users who would want a secure tablet will be glad to hear that Blackberry is considering to build a new Android tablet. However, there is no timeframe yet on when the new tablet will go official. Stay tuned for more news.