BlackBerry launches mid-range Q5 device

(Source: Reuters)

BlackBerry has staked its future on the success of its BlackBerry 10 line, and its new mid-range phone the Q5 may be crucial to the firm's efforts to revive its market share.

Initial figures suggest that devices running the new software have not sold as well as hoped. Gartner figures out this morning showed that BlackBerry devices made up only three per cent of mobile sales in the first quarter of 2013.

Featuring both a physical QWERTY keyboard and a 3.1" touchscreen the Q5should be available from July. The firm also announced that its BBM instant messaging software will become available on other platforms, such as Apple's iOS devices and Android phones. Our technology reporter James Titcomb: