The Straits Times
Published on Feb 06, 2013

BlackBerry eyes future beyond its new line of smartphones


TORONTO (REUTERS) - Barely a week after the launch of an all-new, make-or-break smartphone, BlackBerry is already looking at a future in which it is a leader in "mobile computing," chief executive Thorsten Heins says.

He says BlackBerry's aim is to reclaim its spot as an innovator in world where smartphones will have the processing power to replace tablets and laptops.

The company, which changed its name from Research In Motion (RIM) when it launched the BlackBerry 10 smartphone last week, pioneered on-the-go email before losing ground to nimbler competitors. It's now out to explore new territory.

"This isn't just about smartphones and tablets," Mr Heins, who took over as CEO just over a year ago, said in an interview at the time of the BlackBerry 10 launch.