John Chen Says BlackBerry Not Being Acquired Anythime Soon
While there were rumors dissipating that BlackBerry would be acquired by firms like Microsoft, Lenovo or Xiaomi, CEO of the Canadian smartphone maker buried this rumors instantly. Previously, it was also reported that BlackBerry was going to make a switch to Android, and from the looks of it, the Canadian tech firm has actually ended up doing this. Thanks to the latest partnership with Google, BlackBerry plans on returning to its former glories when it gears up to release its BlackBerry Venice Slider, which is expected to be released somewhere in November and will be an AT&T exclusive.
John Chen Not Interested In Selling Off BlackBerry Due To Its Partnership With Google
The latest reports suggests that BlackBerry and Google have come together in order to improve the security levels of the tech giant’s Android platform. BlackBerry’s expertise in mobile enterprise security is currently unmatched and with Android receiving an abounding amount of criticism for allowing unwanted malware, the partnership looks to be like a match made in heaven. That being said, BlackBerry Venice Slider might be the first ever smartphone to run Google’s Android platform.
The latest hardware leaks state that the smartphone will be sporting a 5.4 inch screen size that will render the 1440p resolution. The handset has been slated for a November release date and will be an exclusive from AT&T. John Chen had stated in an interview that:
“I don't have any intention to sell BlackBerry. Not until the BlackBerry shareholder has good value reflecting truly what we have. Then, if there is a potential proper suitor that would take care of our customers... I have a fiduciary responsibility to listen. But until then, there's not point in listening... We make the most secure handset. Everybody, all of our competitors, will give that to us. Governments around the world are still using BlackBerry handsets. The emotional reason is, BlackBerry is iconic to the industry. We started this industry arguably.”
Let us hope that the partnership between both companies end up serving one another.