John Chen says BlackBerry targets are being met despite potential hardware closure

The Waterloo, Ontario-headquartered company may soon stop making hardware

The Waterloo, Ontario-headquartered company may soon stop making hardware


Once the cream of the smartphone crop, BlackBerry has had it pretty tough these past few years. While its hardware division continues to struggle amid a looming closure, John Chen believes he's two-thirds of the way towards meeting his target of changing the firm's fortunes for the better. 

BlackBerry's recent delve into the Android space with the Priv and the DTEK50 don't seem to have had the desired effect on consumers. As such, the complete shuttering of the Canadian company's hardware is very much on the cards, with Chen set to make a decision by the end of this month. With no word as yet on that particular call, CEO Chen believes his company's software and security endeavors are moving swimmingly and once properly executed, will mark the renaissance of the once-mighty firm. 

Speaking two days before the company's quarterly earnings report -- after which we'll know definitively whether hardware is still in BlackBerry's plans -- Chen remains optimistic:


Though BlackBerry's mobile hardware would sorely be missed by devotees, the time may have come for the company to bow out. With its strong reputation for software and security still largely intact, however, there appears to be life in the BlackBerry engine regardless. 


source: Reuters

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65 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry under Chen has made great strides in hitting their targeted goals in software. They are a Software and Security company now, that does handsets on the side. I don't want to speculate on BlackBerry shutting down hardware. I think it's best to wait and hear it from BlackBerry themselves (even though the "BlackBerry is shutting down hardware" circle jerk happens about this time every quarter). But if I did have to make a guess, I'd say no, since there is strong evidence to support my opinion.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The "BlackBerry is shutting down hardware" speculation isn't circle jerking, since there's strong evidence to support that notion, considering how BB's mobile division is getting smaller each year. HTC and Sony also have been (and still are) the subject of the same speculation which is nowhere near "circle jerking" as you label it, when it comes to BlackBerry. And yes, BB rules the software and security market.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

It is a circle jerk, since it's been repeated every quarter for the last five years or so, and BlackBerry is still here in hardware. I'm not saying that BlackBerry won't ever exit hardware, but it isn't going to happen now. Especially since they just reentered the Korean market after a 3 year hiatus, have a new handset that has just passed through the FCC and WiFi Alliance, and have governments and regulated industries currently dependent on secure handsets that only BlackBerry can provide. You should research this stuff out before just assuming that I'm talking nonsense when I mention circle jerk. The same can indeed be said for HTC and Sony, since NO ONE that is currently running those companies has come out and said so.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I wasn't to implying that you're talking nonesense, No. Quote: "The same can be said for HTC and Sony, since NO ONE that is currently running those companies has come out and said so. True. But isn't it what speculation is all about? I mean, a speculation is like a rumour, thus not being a confirmed word, like an official statement from BlackBerry. I guess by "circle jerking", you were refering to a specific band of people, like them haters, and not to analysts or tech enthusiasts, perharps? But your point still stands, anyways. Sorry, bruh. My bad.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

It appeared to me that you were assuming that I was talking nonsense, and that's why you challenged it. If you say you weren't and are sincere about that, then fine. My bad. Since it's been going on for over five years now, with the same group of people from the media to the analysts to the flat out haters and trolls repeating the same thing, it's a circle jerk.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"I wasn't to implying that you're talking nonesense, No." Wouldn't be far from the truth if you did.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

An idiot like you has no leg to stand on concerning what's nonsense and what's not.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol, bumburned much?

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not as much as you.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're the one who is salty here.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

AKA, you have no real response and you're just regurgitating your usual BS.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Isn't that what you do on a daily basis?

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

What's that smell? Smells like deflection mixed with BS is in the air...oh wait, it's your comment.

54. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, that's just the stench of your failure that you smell.

60. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

Find something original to say and stop stealing my lines. It's lame.

37. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Didn't you tell me "No one asked you for your comment" when I spoke about you to meanestgenius, saying that you agreed with him only because he said something you like to hear? Now, you've replied to my post... Did I ask you for your comment? Hypocrite.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Did I say you asked for my comment?

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

Dude, give it up. Not only did he burn you good, but he proved you're a hypocrite at that. There's no coming back for you after that.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, and I don't give a crap about it at all.

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes you do.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!! Looks like you just got burned trojan_horse! Need some aloe and that cool, damp cloth for the pain? Lmao!

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you're missing some words and a comma. Besides, I don't care what he says or thinks.

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

Of course you care, or you wouldn't have responded to him or me. Trojan_horse burned you good! Lmao! I'll have that cool, damp, cloth and aloe waiting for you.

56. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Man just shut up.

62. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Nerve touched, deep in your gut.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think blackberry is in denial of their actual position.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think you're in denial of your actual position as the biggest troll on this site.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Hook line and sucker.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21220; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, I did get you Hook, line and sinker. Glad you're acknowledging it. And you didn't deny being the biggest troll in this site, either. Good for you.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just like you didn't deny that you got suckered in. It was a test of megalomania and you passed with flying colors.

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