BB CEO Chen isn't going to make the leap to Android without a lot of thought, if ever
Mobile Nation's own CrackBerry Kevin Michaluk got some sit-down time with new BlackBerry CEO John Chen, and during the question and answer session Android came up — specifically the question about BlackBerry adopting Android as a platform.
Kevin: [...] Is BlackBerry 10 still the play, or could we see BlackBerry adopting something like Android going forward?
John: It’s way too early for me to make an informed statement on that. It would be very, very premature. Whatever is the right thing for the business, you need to preserve the reason why BlackBerry is around. I think just jumping to an Android without a thought through of why BlackBerry needs to be around and what makes us relevant and all that, before I answer that question, jumping to anything is inappropriate. You’ll find that I’m a little bit more thoughtful from a marketing perspective then to just go somewhere. I’m not that kind of person. I’ve only been on the clock now for almost 24 hours -- I think that if I made those statements right now conclusively, somebody should pull me out and shoot me.
We couldn't agree more. BlackBerry is the Ying to Android's Yang — having one around will make the other better. I think this new CEO could be the first step to some healing up in Waterloo.
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