Three months ago, BlackBerry launched the Priv, which was the company's first Android smartphone and it was recently reported that the Canadian smartphone-maker would launch yet another device powered by Google's operating system sometime this year. However, the company has affirmed that these decisions don't mean that it is abandoning its own OS.
In a post on the Inside BlackBerry blog, CEO John Chen has revealed that the company is still committed to the BlackBerry 10 platform and will be rolling out security and privacy enhancements for devices such as the Classic and Passport sometime this year.
The company's upcoming 10.3.3 update for the OS, that will be released in the near future, has been certified for NIAP compliance and will be the most secure option for use in governments and organizations where security is critical. There also seems to be a 10.3.4 update focusing on further security enhancements planned by BlackBerry.
Oddly enough, Chen also mentions in the same blog post that the company will launch another Android smartphone this year. But as revealed in a previous statement, this will be dependent on the success of the Priv after it goes global over the next few months.