Blackberry aims to regain market share with first Android phone

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Blackberry aims to regain market share with first Android phone

<p>After years of relying on its own software, Blackberry is to break with tradition and use Google’s Android operating system.</p> <p>The Canadian group’s latest device, the Priv, will feature a slide-down physical keyboard attached to a high-end Android smartphone.</p> <p>It’s the first time the company has dropped its own operating system.</p> <p>Blackberry hopes a longer lasting battery and other tools will add to its attractions for business users.</p> <p>The phone will cost less than some of its competitors, although the battery and keyboard make the device relatively heavy.</p> <p>After once accounting for a fifth of smartphone sales, Blackberry has almost disappeared from the market.</p>