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Mobile World Congress

BlackBerry offers new phones but turns focus to software

BlackBerry may be launching four new smartphones over the coming year, but the struggling company is staking its future on becoming a giant in software.

CEO John Chen said at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on Tuesday that since he took over a year and a half ago BlackBerry has undergone a "philosophical" shift away from merely making handsets.

"We are committed to making software as a business," said Chen. "We are going to evolve."

The company that once popularized handsets with full keyboards has had to reassess its goals since sales failed to keep up with other smartphones in recent years.

Though it...