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BlackBerry makes more cuts

08 FEB 2016

Recovering enterprise mobility player BlackBerry has made more cuts to its workforce, with job losses in Canada and the US as it continues its turnaround efforts.

According to Bloomberg, the company cut 200 staff, the lion’s share of which were at its headquarters in Ontario. Also impacted was a facility in Florida.

Initially describing those affected as a “small number” of staff , it also noted that it is “actively recruiting in those areas of our business that will drive growth”.

It did not reveal which departments were impacted.

The statement from BlackBerry followed an earlier MobileSyrup report which suggested 1,000 staff had been cut from its HQ staff.

Interestingly, this report also said that the axe had come down hardest in BlackBerry’s devices departments, including its BlackBerry 10 team.

Following the recent launch of BlackBerry’s Priv, its first Android-powered smartphone, the company has repeatedly had to defend its home-grown BlackBerry 10 platform, amid speculation it is set to wither.

Late last month, in an Economic Times report, Damian Tay, senior director for APAC product management at BlackBerry, described Priv as “essentially our transition to the Android ecosystem”.

BlackBerry has said that updates for BlackBerry 10 are in the works, but these are essentially incremental patches, and it has made no public comments about the long term direction of the platform.

With BlackBerry device volumes having plummeted, the resources needed to support its own platform are difficult to justify, particularly when it already has an Android device in its range.

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