Black­Berry teams up with Fox­conn

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Smart­phone maker Black­Berry is step­ping away from mak­ing hard­ware and turn­ing to China’s Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy to de­velop and make new Black­Berry de­vices while the Cana­dian phone maker fo­cuses on soft­ware de­vel­op­ment.

Black­Berry an­nounced a five-year hand­set joint ven­ture with Fox­conn, the world’s largest con­tract man­u­fac­turer of elec­tron­ics and a ma­jor sup­plier of iPhone maker Ap­ple Inc.

The Tai­wan- based com­pany will de­velop and make new Black­Berry de­vices in In­done­sia and Mex­ico, al­low­ing Black­Berry, of Water­loo, On­tario, to con­cen­trate on cor­po­rate soft­ware and ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to the com­pa­nies’ state­ment.

CEO John Chen said the part­ner­ship, an­nounced as Black­Berry swung to a $4.4 bil­lion loss for its fis­cal third quar­ter, would al­low the com­pany to “fo­cus on what we do best” — de­sign, se­cu­rity, soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and en­ter­prise mo­bil­ity man­age­ment.

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