For years, BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB)(NASDAQ:BBRY) has made the case that its phones are more secure than Android-powered devices. And no one is disputing that argument.

Yet in recent weeks, rumours have surfaced that BlackBerry is building an Android phone of its own. When asked about this, CEO John Chen told CNBC that “We only build secure phones and BlackBerry is the most secure phone. So, if I could find a way to secure the Android phone, I would also build that.”

Mr. Chen certainly seemed open to the idea. And more recently, there have been even more signs that BlackBerry is building an Android phone. Images of the upcoming Venice phones—which feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and seem to use Android—were leaked in early July. Then last week we found out that BlackBerry had registered two new domain names, and Thus, it seems like only a matter of time before this becomes official.

This brings up an interesting question: should BlackBerry migrate over to Android entirely?

A boost to the software business

We all know by now that BlackBerry is shifting its focus from handsets to software, and this is a key aspect of the company’s turnaround strategy. Unfortunately, the legacy handset business continues to be a drag on the software business. Many chief information officers continue to see BlackBerry as a declining handset business, one that’s ill-equipped to manage employees’ Android- and iOS-powered phones.

Building an Android-powered phone would certainly help deal with this problem, and would allow BlackBerry’s enterprise mobility management platform to more closely integrate with Android.

Better apps

A big reason for BlackBerry’s downfall has been the inferiority of its apps. No one disputes that. To deal with the problem, BlackBerry has made Android apps available on its phones, and has extended its application reach through a partnership with Amazon.

But it hasn’t been enough. The Amazon app store is no match for Google Play nor the Apple App Store. And BlackBerry 10 simply isn’t as effective at running Android apps as Android itself. For example, BlackBerry’s Passport has a square-shaped screen, while Android apps are better suited for a rectangular screen with portrait & landscape modes. Meanwhile, BlackBerry’s Classic phone has a very small screen, not ideal for using an app like Google Maps.

The BlackBerry Venice won’t have these problems at all, and for that reason, it could very well have excellent sales performance.

A lesson from Microsoft

The big question still remains: should BlackBerry give up entirely on its own OS and migrate over to Android? Well, to answer this question, we can draw a few lessons from Microsoft Corporation.

Under Steve Ballmer’s leadership Microsoft made a stubborn attempt to be a significant smartphone player, even spending US$7.2 billion to buy out Nokia. It was a big mistake, and new CEO Satya Nadella has mostly been abandoning these efforts. His move to port Android apps to Windows phones was seen as a white flag, and more recently the company announced nearly 8,000 layoffs in its Nokia division.

But this hasn’t slowed down Microsoft’s efforts in the enterprise software market, and the company’s share price is up 20% in the 17 months Mr. Nadella has been CEO. It’s an example that BlackBerry shouldn’t mind following.

So, if BlackBerry did migrate over to Android, there really aren’t a lot of negatives for the company. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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