BlackBerry has announced a round of layoffs from its mobile division as the company seeks to further consolidate its business. The company has not revealed how many people will be affected by this decision, but instead chose to say that it would affect number of employees from around the world.
The Canadian company has struggled to remain relevant as a smartphone maker, and has seen its two most recent releases fail to capture the imagination of the public. Both the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Leap have been met with a lacklustre response.
While BlackBerry is still the preferred smartphone for security minded individuals (like heads of state), Samsung has been making great strides into the market with the introduction of Samsung Knox. It may only be a matter of time before the BlackBerry also loses out on its biggest advantage. With that in mind, the company is still determined to turn itself around and make its smartphone business profitable once again.
“As the company moves into its next stage of the turnaround, our intention is to reallocate resources in ways that will best enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all facets of our business,” BlackBerry said in a statement to AFP on Saturday.
BlackBerry may not have much time left as a smartphone company, but it is definitely refusing to go down without a fight.