Enterprise security and privacy

Beard said many of the recent acquisitions had been aimed at rounding out its security capabilities.

“While we have always had secure email and messaging, we felt that

we needed secure voice, especially for customers in government and regulated industries, so we now have the capability to do encrypted voice calls,” he said.

Another gap BlackBerry identified was file sharing, which was the reason behind its $150m acquisition of secure enterprise file sync-and-share supplier WatchDox.

However, Beard said that BlackBerry thinks of the deal with Good Technology more as a merger than an acquisition.

“Good Technology has an incredible core platform and an incredible multi-operating system capability and we bring a lot of strength in mobile device management [MDM] as well, so it’s a good marriage,” he said.

However, Beard said BlackBerry remains a mobile phone maker, and the corporate strategy of focusing on enterprise security and privacy applies as much to the hardware side of the business as it does to the software side.

“BlackBerry still provides the most secure phone on the market, from the chip all the way up to the applications and the operating system,” he said.

Hardware is a “tough space” when it comes to the overall management goal of making money, but Beard said the company is committed to doing that in all parts of the business.

“Indications are that we will make money in the 2017 financial year. We have announced that we will soon be releasing an Android touch device that also has a keyboard capability,” he said.

Beard said BlackBerry is determined that its first Android device will bring something new to the market, which will be available in the coming weeks.

“We worked really hard for a long time on adding our security layer in a unique way on top of Android, as well as giving the user the ability to control the privacy,” he said.