In a recent interview with BNN, John Chen, the CEO of BlackBerry, provided intriguing insights into the company’s future plans. He hinted at potential layoffs in logistics and repair areas, while emphatically stating, “BlackBerry will keep engineers hardware design team.” This statement raises curiosity about the specific role of these engineers and the direction BlackBerry is heading in terms of hardware development. With this in mind, we delve into the possibilities of BlackBerry expanding its engineering efforts beyond traditional phone development, exploring potential ventures that could require the expertise of their hardware design team.
Speculating BlackBerry’s Engineering Focus: Hardware Development Beyond Phone
Now this is interesting. In an interview with BNN, John Chen was talking about the outsourcing of the hardware-design team, when he got on the subject of layoffs and said this:
It will be people in the logistics and repair areas that may be affected. Engineers, we always need more,
BNN didn’t say which type of engineers Chen was talking about. Was he talking about hardware designers or firmware engineers ? We don’t know. But it does make you think about what BlackBerry could be working on that would require engineers from the phone hardware design team.
My first thought was that those engineers will be working on designing IoT hardware that’s not currently on the market — if it was currently on the market, then I imagine BlackBerry would be outsourcing the designing of that as well. They could be used for hardware validation, which BlackBerry needs to do with the phones that are made by 3rd-parties. They could always end up developing software, perhaps in the QNX division.
What do you think ? Do you think BlackBerry is working on developing hardware that will not be phones ?
In light of BlackBerry’s enigmatic remarks, it is clear that they are venturing into uncharted territory beyond conventional phone development. With the surge of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the need for robust hardware validation, BlackBerry’s engineers could be engaging in the creation of cutting-edge IoT devices that are yet to hit the market. Alternatively, their skills might be harnessed to develop innovative software solutions within the QNX division. As we eagerly await further revelations from BlackBerry, only time will tell the true extent of their hardware development ambitions.
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