Enterprise device maker BlackBerry has shed 250 jobs from its product testing unit as the troubled firm continues efforts to turn its fortunes around.
According to a report from Reuters, BlackBerry has laid off the workers from its Canadian headquarters in Waterloo. The 250 staff had apparently been employed at the smartphone maker's product testing unit, which supports its manufacturing and research and development efforts.
The job losses are said to be a direct consequence of BlackBerry's recent decision not to port its latest BlackBerry 10 platform to the PlayBook tablet line after all, a reversal of the company's original intention that the operating system would deliver a common environment across its tablet and smartphone products.
Reuters quoted a spokesperson for BlackBerry as stating the layoffs are the next stage of its turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale the company.
Earlier, BlackBerry reported it had made a loss of $84m for the three months to the start of June this year. However, the firm has pointed out that it is still early days for its new product line-up, including the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 enterprise handsets and the mid-range Q5, which have only been on sale for a few months at best.
BlackBerry's ailing fortunes stand in stark contrast to those of rivals, notably Samsung, which posted huge profits on Thursday evening to take it past Apple in the market, and it is threatening BlackBerry's enterprise base with sales to the FBI.
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