One thing the statement issued today lacked was any indication of what Chen plans to do to turn around BlackBerry; whether, for example, he will stick with the strategy the company announced in September, which called for it to reduce the number of devices and focus more on the enterprise. "Right now there are no real answers for Blackberry, and that is a very uncomfortable place to be for investors, customers, workers and partners," technology industry analyst Jeff Kagan said.
BlackBerry's smartphone OS share dropped to just 1 percent during the third quarter, compared to 4.3 percent during the same period last year, according to Strategy Analytics. In the same period shipments fell from 7.4 million to 2.5 million, the market research company said.
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