A visitor checks his smartphone during the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A visitor checks his smartphone during the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) (The Associated Press)

BlackBerry to offer 4 new smartphones while continuing "philosophical" shift to software

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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.