After brief flashes of hope, BlackBerry’s prospects are starting to dim once more.
The company confirmed today that it’s laid off 250 workers in its product testing facility in Waterloo, Ontario.
BlackBerry says the move is the latest one in its ongoing attempts to save its future. “This is part of the next stage of our turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale our company correctly for new opportunities in mobile computing. We will be as transparent as possible as those plans evolve,” BlackBerry told Canada’s CBC News in a statement.
The layoff confirmation comes a day after The Wall Street Journal reported that David J. Smith, the vice president in charge of the unsuccessful PlayBook tablet, had resigned from his job. (BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed in May that his company wouldn’t be updating the device.)