BARCELONA, Spain – BlackBerry will launch four new smartphones this year and a new package of cross-platform applications as it continues its "philosophical" shift to making software.
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The struggling company unveiled its BlackBerry Leap phone at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on Tuesday. The "low-to-mid" market phone will go on sale in Europe in April. Three more phones will follow.
CEO John Chen says that since he took over a year and a half ago BlackBerry is now "committed to making software as a business. That statement carries a lot."
Blackberry will roll out "BlackBerry Experience," a set of three software packages focusing on security and communications for business and government customers over the next year.
Chen says BlackBerry is "stabilizing" financially, without presenting figures.