UPDATE 1-BlackBerry eyes future beyond its new line of devices

Tue Feb 5, 2013 3:35pm EST
 
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* CEO sees BlackBerry as a leader in mobile computing

* CEO says new BB10 software opens a range of options

* BlackBerry committed to tablets; new device in the works

* Shares rise on reports of strong Z10 sales in UK, Canada (Adds comments from CEO)

By Euan Rocha

TORONTO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Barely a week after launching an all-new, make-or-break line of smartphones, BlackBerry is already looking at a future in which it is a leader in "mobile computing," Chief Executive Thorsten Heins said on Tuesday.

Heins said BlackBerry is aiming to reclaim its spot as an innovator in a world where smartphones already have the processing power to replace tablets and laptops.

The company, which changed its name from Research In Motion when it launched its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones a week ago, pioneered on-the-go email before losing ground to nimbler rivals with faster devices. It is now out to explore new territory.

"This isn't just about smartphones and tablets," Heins, who took over as CEO just over a year ago, said in an interview soon after the launch of the BlackBerry 10 devices.   Continued...