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BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

May 24, 2015
Chris Davies

BlackBerry is axing jobs across its smartphone business, as the ailing Canadian company attempts to coax out a profit amid dwindling demand. The job losses, confirmed by BlackBerry this week, are a result of moves to "consolidate our device software, hardware and applications business," a spokesperson for the firm said, with a renewed focus on pushing software and licensing revenues rather than relying on handsets that have singularly failed to set enterprise or consumer markets alight.

The exact number of redundancies and the locations affected have not been confirmed, with the spokesperson only saying that the decision would be "impacting a number of employees around the world."

It's been a tough period of adjustment for BlackBerry over the past couple of years. While the company had once been a high-flier, and BlackBerry smartphones the must-have accessory for any businessperson worth their salt, the rise of the iPhone and the multitude of Android devices has seen demand dwindle.

Meanwhile, high-profile failures like the PlayBook tablet saw faith in BlackBerry management slump.


Posted: 2015-05-25 07:53:24
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