BlackBerry cuts more jobs

BlackBerry cuts more jobs
More BlackBerry employees have been sent packing. According to an email sent out Monday by the troubled tech company, the layoffs were made to improve the efficiencies at BlackBerry. The number of employees handed a pink slip was not disclosed. This comes after an earlier round of layoffs took place back in May. The company is supposedly looking to focus on software over hardware and can afford to reduce its head count.

Still, rumors are swirling about a handset rumored to be called the BlackBerry Venice. This is allegedly an Android powered slider with curved glass and up-to-date specs. The phone is believed to be coming to AT&T in November. Last month, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that the company would produce an Android phone if it could be made secure. BlackBerry has not mentioned this phone at all in any official statement.


Earlier this month, BlackBerry and Google shook hands on a partnership that will combine the security of Android 5.0 with the corporate fleet management capabilities of BES12. The goal is to better secure business data being sent over Android phones. The affected handsets will be protected from malware. The partnership could be the first step taken by BlackBerry on the way to producing an Android phone with Google services.

source: Bloomberg

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16 Comments

1. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I've been saying all along that this Android BlackBerry is nothing but a pipe dream. This sure seems to support my case.

3. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Perhaps bb cut jobs of BB10 division. They donot need that anymore.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think it's the slow death of blackberry.

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Not really, Lets say they did use Android for some of their BB phones... Couldnt that mean less ppl neded for the software side?

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Android isn't the solution to all problems. Just look at lollipop.

70. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Never said its the solution to all problems. I even said ..some... of their BB phones.

2. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

I read here that BB buy 2 or 3 or 4 company so was think that BB already become no trouble if bb still trouble, they should focus use money and stop act stupid (buy company) This is simalakama The more troubled, the more people will avoid The more avoid, the more trouble

7. RajRicardo

Posts: 496; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Sima-what??

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Blackberry still has $3 billion in reserve. And yes they bought companies that bolstered their security resume as a software company. This could be job cuts from those new corporations they bought or it could be from some positions that aren't needed anymore. The real keyword in all of this is that the jobs were either terminated or "transferred to a new position". So someone that held a high position in those companies they purchased may have just simply transferred to a new position at Blackberry while those who were lower in the food chain got cut. We really don't know where these cuts came from.

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

PA should hire you as their Editor-In-Chief. All their articles are so biased and revenue oriented flaming troll wars and propaganda. And God forbid them for making that light bulb review!

4. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

If BlackBerry releases that new blackberry venice/slider as an At&t exclusive that is that dumbest move ever.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Carrier exclusives never work out. Apple was able to make so much money with the iphone by moving away from just selling on AT&T to all carriers.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering that BlackBerry has been restructuring itself to become a software and services company primarily, this is unfortunate, but expected. One can only hope and pray that all individuals effected by any cuts made, as well as their families, bounce back from this. Silver linings to be gained from this are that while some employees are indeed being laid off, others are being transferred to be positions. There are also a number of new positions opening up this: http://utbblogs.com/blackberry-shifts-resources/ Most of these cuts and relocated resources are no doubt from BlackBerry's hardware division. As mentioned earlier, the company still has $3 billion plus in the bank, so they are functioning from a healthier position, considering that the $3 billion plus is an increase from the quarter before. While this is tragic, we will see a much different, more nimble company in the future. Prayers go out to all those affected.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Also, considering that BlackBerry has signed deals with 3 entities to outsource its hardware production, it's only logical that cuts would be made to their own hardware division. Unfortunate, but logical.

14. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Why would Blackberry attempt to make Android secure? That is a waste of time and effort. They could simply go with Windows Phone which is more secure.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A touchscreen blackberry with access to Google play and Windows phone.

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