BlackBerry Not Backing Away from Hardware Business

BlackBerry Not Backing Away from Hardware BusinessBlackBerry chief executive John Chen turned to the official BlackBerry blog yesterday to dispel a new round of rumors that the company will disband its hardware business or go on sale again any time soon.

According to Chen, the embattled smartphone maker may be in the middle of an epic fight for its own survival, but they will indeed continue to fight.

“I want to assure you that I have no intention of selling off or abandoning this business any time soon,” Chen says. “I know you still love your BlackBerry devices. I love them too and I know they created the foundation of this company. Our focus today is on finding a way to make this business profitable.”

“We will do everything in our power to continue to rebuild this business and deliver devices with the iconic keyboard and other features that you have come to expect from this brand,” Chen concludes. “Rest assured, we continue to fight. We have not given up and we are not leaving the Devices business.”

Last fall, BlackBerry officially took itself off the market for acquisition when it received a $1 billion investment from Fairfax Financial.