Watch BlackBerry CEO John Chen answer some silly questions on CBS This Morning (VIDEO)

BlackBerry CEO John Chen appeared today on CBS This Morning. During the interview, Chen was asked what a BlackBerry has that the Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy don't have. Chen responded that BlackBerry has the most secure smartphone infrastructure. Other topics included the new licensing pact with TCL. By the way,, Chen was armed with the BlackBerry KEYone for his visit to the television studio.

CBS failed big time here. For someone as interesting as Chen, you would have expected that at least one person on the panel would know something about smartphones in general, and BlackBerry specifically. In fact, it appeared that no one on the panel understood that BlackBerry's handsets are now powered by Android. For example, one of the panel members seemed skeptical when Chen told her that Instagram would work perfectly on the KEYone. Of course it would! The Android OS running the phone sports the Google Play Store.

Another failure came when a chart was put up on the screen showing Android with an 81.7% Q4 2016 market share world-wide as opposed to the 0.0% share belonging to BlackBerry. Hey CBS, those numbers were sales based on operating system. That means that the new BlackBerry phones are part of the 81.7% slice of the smartphone pie belonging to Android.

The conversation then drifted into the use of BlackBerry handsets by government agencies. That was a valid line of questioning. But one of the panel members then asked Chen whether President Obama is still rockin' a BlackBerry, a question that Chen could not answer. Chen did have some interesting replies to decent questions. He said that a company like BlackBerry needs to look ahead 3 to 5 years when it comes to planning. But as soon as the executive answered that question, one of the panelists went off on a tangent about Instagram.

Check out the interview by clicking on the video at the top of the story.

source: CBS



2. torr310

Posts: 1691; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yeah, the things in the world change much faster than before, so it's easy to be outdated if you are not updated frequently. Kinda not a good thing that you have to keep chasing things.

3. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Blackberry keyone and xperia xzs are the only phone which have different design language.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22396; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wish the CBS crew would have touched on more topics relevant to BlackBerry as a Software and Secure Services company, since that's what BlackBerry is all about now. That message really needs to be hammered down to the masses. TCL/BlackBerry Mobile are the ones that handle all aspects related to hardware (with the exception of the hardware-pin injected security).

20. MichaelSanFrancisco

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Great article. Bottom Line: With the exception of Charlie Rose (who has been missing lately) the CBS This Morning talent are USDA Grade A Certified Prime dumb s**ts.* They certainly don't know tech, except MAYBE that there exists devices called iPhone and Android. *Regarding this interview, it didn't help that Gayle King is a real s**t for brains. She does not belong on a CBS news program. (Of all the weekday morning news show, CBS has the most serious news-based programming. They don't have Hollywood stars cooking hamburgers, or music stars singing. CBS This Morning is mostly all news and news articles. Anyway, back to the CBS morning talent. The dumbest of the three is Gayle King. She is followed by Norah O'Donnell, who is fairly stupid too. The best news talent on TV is Charlie Rose who happens to be on the CBS This Morning news team. Rose has been gone for a week or more. If he was on the show he would have asked some intelligent questions. (And he is a tech-minded consumer, liking all the latest stuff that debuts.) Anyway, only reason I am commenting on this article is because I watched that interview and agreed, I thought Gayle King was in full form, showing the viewing nation she remains the dumbest s**t on TV. I was embarrassed for Chen that he had to try and keep the interview together, taking all within him not to grab that BlackBerry and bean King on the side of the head with it. P.S. I'm not sure what was the point of the interview. The public did not learn a damn thing.

26. mikehunta727 unregistered

Lool seriously they were just concerned if they could download Instagram "like Iphone and Samsung". Well that one lady but yeah

41. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Charlie Rose is awesome. I will be glad when he is back on.

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