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BlackBerry's new Android phone to go on sale in the US from Friday

Priv will be sold first in the US through AT&T, but no word on when it will launch in the MidEast

BlackBerry's new Android phone to go on sale in the US from Friday

AT&T Inc said this week it would offer BlackBerry Ltd's new Android-powered smartphone in its retail stores in the United States and online from Friday.

AT&T said it would be the first US carrier to offer the BlackBerry Priv, powered by Google's Android mobile platform.

Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry's move to launch an Android phone marks a shift away from its own BlackBerry 10 platform, which failed to regain market share ceded to Apple Inc's iPhone and a slew of Android-powered devices.

BlackBerry also closed on Monday the acquisition of rival mobile software provider Good Technology Corp, which it bought for $425 million to boost its ability to help corporate clients manage smartphones running on different operating systems.

A Dubai-based BlackBerry spokesperson told Arabian Business it has not yet announced availability for the Middle East.

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Dave 4 years ago

What happens when your little kid spills orange juice on the mechanical slider mechanism? What happens if the device is accidentally sat on when left on the sofa, does it come apart?