BlackBerry CEO John Chen likes talking to the same people and the same places and during the week, he once again took to Code/Mobile for an interview.
In this interview, while he actually didn’t say too much that was new, he did say a few things that caught the media’s attention.
Chen had previously stated that he has a timetable to stop producing hardware but had not revealed what that timetable was.
In this interview he clarified that he company would consider exiting the handset business in a year if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not profitable.
“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m in the handset business because I believe thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s value added and a market that is underserved,Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sometime next year we have to make our device business profitable, otherwise I have to rethink what I do there.Ã¢â‚¬Â
When asked if he was stating that BlackBerry will provide the securest Android smartphone, he acknowledged the Blackphone as a viable security device and competition in this space:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re probably the same level as SamsungÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Knox. The only other commercial phone that can say they have the same or better than us is maybe the BlackPhone.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Both of these statements caused a bit of furore and, not for the first time, Chen took to BlackBerry’s blog to attempt to clarify what he meant.
Personally, I think he just reiterated what he had previously said, rather than clarify anything else.
You can now check out the full replay of his interview from Code/Mobile and make your own mind up on what he did or didn’t say.
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