After AT&T, here’s Verizon announcing that it will soon offer the first ever Android-powered BlackBerry smartphone. The BlackBerry PRIV is one of the highly anticipated devices today as it’s the Canadian company’s first official venture into the full Android game. Sure, the BB10 can run Android apps but it’s the first BlackBerry-manufactured phone that runs the Android mobile platform.

Verizon has not shared any details yet, not even pricing or availability but anyone can now sign up for updates if they want to be notified as soon as the device is ready. It’s only a sign up page for information though and not a pre-order page yet. This BlackBerry Priv is expected to offer advanced mobile security and privacy. The name Priv alone means privacy so you know that it’s the brand’s topmost priority in this phone.

For the past few weeks, BlackBerry has been sharing a number of things it does to ensure Android security including initiatives in management, Priv promo videos, mobile security framework, and the four important principles they follow.

To review, the BlackBerry Priv comes equipped with a 5.4-inch dual-curved screen, 3410 mAh battery, 18MP dual-flash Schneider-Kreuznach certified camera, DTEK protection, 32GB built-in memory, microSD card slot up to 2TB memory expansion, 4G/LTE, 2560 × 1440 resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, and 3GB RAM. Still no word on pricing and availability but it should be around $699.

SOURCE: Verizon (1), (2)