We all thought BlackBerry could make a comeback with the Priv, but things still aren’t looking good for them. BlackBerry has now laid off hundreds of employees from Canada and Florida.
Those affected are specifically from their home Waterloo offices and Sunrise, FL location. The total will be around 200 employees combined.
“As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global work force. As a result, approximately 200 employees have been impacted in Canada and Florida. For those employees that have recently left the company, we know that they have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions.”
BlackBerry has also recently shut down their “Built for BlackBerry” certification program for BlackBerry 10 apps last month. These recent cuts could mean BlackBerry is heavily moving away from native app development and focusing more on Android, which explains the need for less in-house employees. However, it could also mean they are badly hurting for cash. I am hoping it is not the later.