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Downsizing Again, Blackberry Lays Off 250 Employees from its R&D Department

By Kenny Yeo - on 26 Jul 2013, 10:28am

Downsizing Again, Blackberry Lays Off 250 Employees from its R&D Department

Source: BGR

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.

Source: Techcrunch

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