BlackBerry boss dismisses Android talk

John Chen also rules out moving away from handset

BlackBerry's new boss has dismissed the idea that it is preparing to abandon making phones as “ridiculous”.

Chen said that the company needed to “preserve the reason why BlackBerry is around”.

Speaking to CrackBerry, John Chen also brushed aside suggestions that the company is considering dumping its BlackBerry 10 operating system and adopting Android.

He also cautioned investors against punishing the company for not adopting Android. “Jumping to anything is inappropriate,” he told the site when asked if the company was considering the move.

“My job is really to figure and focus on all the strategic things that the company is facing immediately, today,” said Chen, “and also in the longer term – three, five years out.”

Chen was named as the executive chairman and interim chief executive of the struggling handset maker last week. He replaced outgoing boss Thorsten Heins.

However, Chen has little intention of taking on the role full time. He revealed that is "looking for a software person … somebody who understands the services side of the equation also.

“I'm looking for somebody who can help me with really reaching more people … I don't think I'm looking for a tech person.”