As part of what CEO Thorsten Heins calls a "complex transition", Blackberry has just confirmed that it has let 250 employees go at its core R&D and product testing facility at in Canada. Blackberry has about 12,700 employees.
The company launched its new Blackberry 10 this year and followed that up with two new devices - the Z10 and Q10. Both devices failed to make any significant impact in the market. Blackberry recently introduced its new Q5 device, a more affordable device that is targeted at mainstream users and emerging markets.
The lay off is worrying as it affects the company's R&D department. As many so rightly put, R&D should be the lifeblood of any technology company, and we cannot help but wonder how this will affect Blackberry's future releases.
A new flagship touchscreen device is expected to debut later this year, but with Blackberry struggling to come up with any form of a winning formula, no one knows what else Blackberry can come up with beyond that as it trims down its R&D department.
Just days ago, it was reported that Blackberry's VP for PlayBook, David Smith, who was with the company for eight years, has resigned.