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It's not clear at this time if Black Berry would be providing updates for every device using Black Berry Secure, or if the licensing deals would only include the apps.
We could see Black Berry turn into a Cyanogen-like company, developing a near-stock Android ROM for other phones.
Now, Black Berry may be looking to license its secure version of Android to other companies., Black Berry is calling its version of Android "Black Berry Secure," and it includes all the security features currently shipping on its Android devices.
The company's Senior Vice President, Alex Thurber, said, "We have a number of different contracts that we are working on right now. We have an agreement with Optiemus for the India market for Black Berry Secure." You may not have heard of Optiemus, but they are one of three companies licensing the Black Berry brand to sell phones (the other two being TCL and BB Merah Putih).
Android is popular with technology companies that require a ready-made, low-cost and customizable operating system for high-tech devices.
Its open nature has encouraged a large community of developers and enthusiasts to use the open-source code as a foundation for community-driven projects, which deliver updates to older devices, add new features for advanced users or bring Android to devices originally shipped with other operating systems.
The extensive variation of hardware in Android devices causes significant delays for software upgrades, with new versions of the operating system and security patches typically taking months before reaching consumers, or sometimes not at all.
The success of Android has made it a target for patent and copyright litigation between technology companies.
In 2010, Google launched its Nexus series of devices, a lineup in which Google partnered with different device manufacturers to produce new devices and introduce new Android versions.Variants of Android are also used on game consoles, digital cameras, PCs and other electronics.