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BlackBerry bets its hardware future on new Android phone

CEO will stop producing phones if unit doesn't make a profit

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With its share of the global smartphone market at less than one per cent, BlackBerry has been working to shift its focus to higher-margin software sales.

Toronto

BLACKBERRY Ltd's new Android phone hitting the market this week could be the company's last attempt at making its devices profitable before ending production.

The Canadian company has unveiled several new phones in the two years since chief executive officer John Chen took