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The annual shareholder meeting also marked the official name change of the company from Research In Motion (RIM) to BlackBerry

BlackBerry was hoping that its new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system would pull it out of a drowning state, but it doesn't look like the new OS and devices were a miracle cure for the Canadian company. 

At BlackBerry's annual shareholders meeting yesterday, company CEO Thorsten Heins had to explain to investors that BlackBerry is still in its early stages of recovery, and that a key part of bringing BlackBerry back is to continue making cuts across middle management in the sales and support departments. 

Some of the more recent cuts were Richard Piasentin, BlackBerry's vice president for sales in the U.S. He was terminated just last month.

These new cuts will be in addition to the 5,000 layoffs that occurred last year. 

BlackBerry's plan to thin the herd is part of a restructurng process aimed to increase sales and market share of BlackBerry products. Shareholders were disappointed to hear lower-than-expected earnings for BlackBerry last month, and that BB10 devices weren't gaining any ground on the popular iPhone or Android offerings. 


For Q2 2013, BlackBerry posted a loss of $84 million USD ($0.13 per share) while analysts at Thomson Reuters expected a profit of about $39 million USD ($0.06 per share). BlackBerry also disappointed when it came to revenue with $3.1 billion USD (analysts expected $3.4 billion USD).
 
To make matters worse, BlackBerry only sold 2.7 million BB10 devices during the quarter, when analysts expected over 3.5 million. 

Shareholders haven't been kind since, and they wanted answers during the annual meeting. 

"We obviously did not deliver what many analysts and investors expected in the short term," said Heins. "We're driving night and day to deliver improvements."

One shareholder even said that the Z10 launch was a "disaster" in the U.S., but Heins insisted that it was the fault of carriers who only promote sales of top guns like the iPhone and Android-powered Samsung Galaxy phones. 

In May, International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker said that Microsoft's Windows Phone was in third place after Android and iOS-powered smartphones in the U.S. -- successfully passing BlackBerry, who previously held the No. 3 spot. 

The annual shareholder meeting also marked the official name change of the company from Research In Motion (RIM) to BlackBerry, and the fact that BlackBerry board members John Wetmore and former chairman John Richardson wouldn't seek re-election to the board.

Source: The Wall Street Journal



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By Motoman on 7/10/2013 11:39:31 AM , Rating: 3
What is the value proposition to the market to have to support and embrace another platform?

We have Android. And iOS. For what reason does the market want Blackberry - or for that matter, PalmOS, Symbian, and whatever else? For what reason do developers want to support more platforms?

RIM had the corporate world locked up with their Exchange integration - but then they fell apart. Android and iOS do Exchange integration just fine now...so Blackberry has no important new value to bring to corporations. And certainly nothing compelling to offer to consumers.

I just don't get it. I don't see any way that Blackberry, or probably even Windows, is going to be useful to the market. And when HP says they're going to get into the smartphone market, I hope they do Android instead of trying to resurrect WebOS. The market just has no compelling reason to support extra platforms.




RE: 2 many
By Belard on 7/10/2013 12:36:41 PM , Rating: 2
HP will not being doing WebOS. Their options are: Android, WindowsPhone, Firefox and...

The new BB devices are well made, they look great... but they should have been released 2 years ago, before they rushed to get their tablet to market. Even if the OS wasn't perfect, it needed to be out.. like when has RIMOS been stable anyway?

BB should have gone Android, customize it, lock it down with their own special APP.

If / When BB dies, nobody will care.


RE: 2 many
By Belard on 7/10/2013 12:36:41 PM , Rating: 2
HP will not being doing WebOS. Their options are: Android, WindowsPhone, Firefox and...

The new BB devices are well made, they look great... but they should have been released 2 years ago, before they rushed to get their tablet to market. Even if the OS wasn't perfect, it needed to be out.. like when has RIMOS been stable anyway?

BB should have gone Android, customize it, lock it down with their own special APP.

If / When BB dies, nobody will care.


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