Finally, Blackberry has joined the Android wagon, after the company officially announced it would release an Android phone.

John Chen, Blackberry’s executive chairman and CEO was the one who confirmed the earlier rumors, saying the Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.

“Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy,” he said.

Over the past weeks, images of the Priv have been leaking all over the Internet, where it was formerly known as the “BlackBerry Venice.”

The device has Blackberry’s famous hardware keyboard, which slides out vertically from the bottom of the device.

It is expected to have a 5.4- or 5.6-inch 1440p display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 18MP rear camera, and 5MP front camera.

Via arstechnica.com