BlackBerry CEO John Chen has cut more jobs in his efforts to turn things around for the Canadian company’s struggling smartphone business. According to an email from BlackBerry, the move was made to improve efficiencies across the workforce.
“As BlackBerry moves into the next stage of its turnaround, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce,” Kara Yi, a spokeswoman for BlackBerry, said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg on Monday after the story was first reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
“As a result, some employees have been impacted.”
BlackBerry has declined to confirm exactly how many employees were cut this time, or where they were based, but this isn’t the first time Chen has shrunk the company’s workforce to cut costs since he took over from Thorsten Heins in November 2013.
Chen’s last cuts came in May, but again, BlackBerry refused to confirm how many employees were affected.
Some rumors have suggested BlackBerry might give up on hardware eventually, and become a software and services company, focusing on BBM and its BES12 management platform. But the company appears to be committed to smartphones for the foreseeable future.
In fact, recent reports have claimed BlackBerry will turn to Android to keep its hardware business alive. The upcoming BlackBerry Venice is thought to be the first in a series of new devices that will be powered by Google’s platform.