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2016 Might Be the Last Year BlackBerry Makes Phones

The company's CEO says the firm needs to make devices profitable soon or get out of the hardware business.


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At the Code/Mobile event, BlackBerry CEO John Chen hinted that his company could get out of the hardware business in 2016. "Sometime next year we have to make our device business profitable, otherwise I have to rethink what I do there," Chen said. "My job is to make sure the value of the company is protected and increases. We do what makes sense to serve the customer."

Chen said that instead of hardware, BlackBerry could focus on its software security business. "Even if I'm not in the handset business, getting into providing security for Android lets us provide solutions via software," he said, adding, "Android in enterprise is a very underserved space."

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