These days, iPhones and Android smartphones are dominating the smartphone market. Although BlackBerry has returned to profitability, it still has a lot of catching up to do. This makes a lot of us wonder why the Canadian smartphone maker is still in the smartphone-making business, when it can easily focus more on its security platform. BlackBerry CEO John Chen explains why it still in smartphone game.
In an interview with USAToday, Chen was asked, “You’re not just competing with the Apples of the world, but also security companies.”
Chen answered, “This is the basic building block on everything we do. And this is the major differentiation of the company. It’s starting in the software and the server that manages all these devices — not only our device, but also iPhone and Android and Windows. We also made our device more secure than everybody else’s. A lot of people ask me why I’m in the device business. First, it’s a good business to be in if you can make money. Second, it’s our first entry point of security. If we can secure the device, it makes securing the software and the data management and the collaboration and file sharing and content and pictures and videos and everything that much more easier. So this is why all the governments in the major developed countries are using our devices. You can see the heads of state using our devices.”
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