CEO John Chen has continued to insist that the company will be calling shots for the design of the phones and we may see another attempt at a physical QWERTY keyboard-equipped device.
“When we allow other people to build a handset with our operating system, see, it will be compatible with [all of our existing Android handsets],” Chen said to BNN. “I don’t mind telling you somewhere [in the next couple of years], we’re going to have that will have a keyboard.”
The company’s latest release, the DTEK50, was manufactured by Alcatel owner TCL. Interestingly enough, the device isn’t featured in the timeline display that stood as the background to the BNN interview.
Chen mentions that enthusiasm about the brand has meant that the feature will continue to be seen. He also said that while some future smartphones will be global releases, others will be targeted to specific markets.