View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Networks
January 8, 2014

BlackBerry to refocus on physical keyboard

The firm recently filed a patent lawsuit against Typo Keyboards for infringing its popular keyboard design.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

BlackBerry has announced that it will return its focus to ‘physical’ in efforts to target corporate and government customers that fuelled its early success.

CEO John Chen, who took the helm in November 2013, said the company’s phones will mainly have physical keyboard rather than touch screens.

"I personally love the keyboards," he said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

Chen also told the Financial Times at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas he expects the company to be cash flow positive within four quarters and profitable by the end of March 2016.

The Canadian smartphone maker, which agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by Fairfax Financial for $4.7bn (£2.8bn), also hopes to focus on its BlackBerry Enterprise Service, BlackBerry Messenger, QNX embedded software and connected cars.

The announcement comes not too long after BlackBerry filed a lawsuit against Typo Products, the maker of a snap-on keypad accessory for the iPhone, over alleged infringements that the design closely resembles its keyboard case.

Content from our partners
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline
How hackers’ tactics are evolving in an increasingly complex landscape

In December, BlackBerry announced a five-year deal with Foxconn Technology to outsource the manufacturing and design of some of its phones.

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU