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BlackBerry's Chen: No rush to Android

Interim CEO John Chen says that it's too early to talk about any possible switch to Android and that the company needs to "preserve the reason why BlackBerry is around."

John Chen
John Chen speaks to Bloomberg TV in May 2011. Bloomberg video/Screenshot by CNET

BlackBerry's new boss has spoken out about his plans to save the troubled company, calling questions about BlackBerry abandoning handsets "ridiculous" and stalling talk of a switch to Android.

Speaking to CrackBerry, John Chen identified a "need to preserve the reason why BlackBerry is around," and when asked about Android cautioned that "jumping to anything is inappropriate."

"My job is really to figure and focus on all the strategic things that the company is facing immediately, today," said Chen, "and also in the longer term -- three, five years out." Chen was named this week as executive chairman and interim CEO of the troubled Canadian company, replacing outgoing boss Thorsten Heins.

Who should apply to become the permanent CEO? Chen said he is "looking for a software person ... somebody who understands the services side of the equation also ... I'm looking for somebody who can help me with really reaching more people ... I don't think I'm looking for a tech person."

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