In regards to the Open auto Alliiance via google announced recently...Android or QNX in cars. 'There doesn't seem to be market positioning issues.' He's not worried, says it's beyond that. It's about machine to machine communications. Big data.
Asked how many new BB10 devices to be released this year, other than the Foxconn one, "probably another one" -Chen
And he says the Foxconn one isn't a keyboard , but Chen says he loves keyboards.
Chen says there is room for growth in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Chen says they are hoping to go after the sector with a sub $200 smartphone.
There has been speculation that we're not in the phone biz but Chen says that's not true.
But Chen says if there is a dollar he has to spend. Between enterprise and consumer market, he's going to spend it on enterprise.
"I'm a big golfer. Golf is about bettering yourself, not about the people you play against." - Chen
Admits he hasn't played much golf since getting this job at BB.
New phones will use more standardized parts to keep costs. down
Why didn't BB10 take off? Chen says he thinks it wasn't very intuitive at first, took time to learn. Market needed more education.
Next time it will need to be more intuitive or they will need to better bridge the gap-Chen
Asked about apps on android. Chen says he realizes apps are important.
But #2, compared to Android and iOS he realizes they are quite behind. Focus will be on business applications, there is still some work to d
"Why did you fire Alicia Keys?" Chen says they needed to refocus, on enterprise, return to profitability and what was affordable to do.
Q What about Ryan Seacrest? "Well he did create a lot of headlines" (laughs)
Foxconn taking mechanical design, inventory takes a load off BB. But they're not doing all the phone dev.
FYI I think I'm the only Canadian journalist here so far based on questions around the room.
For the next 18 months BB10 development will only focus on enterprise.-Chen
Says the focus will be on The enterprise also because the profit margin is larger.
Says there won't be a phone to go up against the IPhone or Android flagship for the next little while.
Says they will have phones that are more for the emerging markets rather than something to go up against the Galaxy S5, because then the S6 will probably just out do them.
For the second time he says he has a good executable plan in his head but something will have to change. And the market will react.
Ok Tweeps that's a wrap from the BB Q & A. What did you think was most interesting? #CES2014
Just in: Sony says it has sold 4.2 million PS 4s as of Dec. 28.
The bus driver is playing calming classical music. I must admit that's very relaxing.
Hi everyone. Just a heads up from Maurice in Las Vegas that the Internet connection is spotty at best on the convention floor, which is why you haven't seen recent updates from him. This blog will be updated as soon as he's able to connect!
Taking a break for food. Back in an hour. #CES2014