Is BlackBerry Planning a Switch to Android?

BlackBerry may release an Android smartphone this fall. Reuters reports that the company is considering a new smartphone that will run Google's Android operating system in a bid to win back customers it ceded to the iPhone and Android smartphones. BlackBerry's existing devices currently run its own BlackBerry 10 operating system. The Android-powered smartphone, which will reportedly launch this fall, will sport a slider form factor with a QWERTY keyboard hidden underneath a la BlackBerry's previous Torch. It's unclear if the device is the same slider device the company teased at Mobile World Conference earlier this year. With less than 1% of the smartphone market share, trying something new might not be a bad idea for BlackBerry.