BlackBerry Ltd. on Thursday confirmed that it will be releasing a smartphone that runs on Google Inc.'s Android system within the coming months. It said in a press release that the device will be called the Priv and feature a slide-out keyboard. BlackBerry said the new device will include "the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform." BlackBerry said the Priv will be available before the end of calendar year. The Canadian smartphone maker added that it "remains committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system," noting that security and privacy improvements will be included in a 10.3.3 version to be released in March. BlackBerry revealed news about the Priv as it released financial results for its second quarter, which ended Aug. 29. It said it had $490 million US in revenue during the period, down from $916 million US in the quarter a year earlier. It said net earnings came in at $51 million US compared to a loss of $207 million US a year earlier.