According to an investigative report into one of BlackBerry's board meetings, BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis was opposed to the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 smartphone
The report looks into a late 2012 board meeting in which the company's co-founder and former co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis "pointed to a BlackBerry with a keyboard. "I get this," he said. "It's clearly differentiated." Then he pointed to a touchscreen phone. "I don't get this."
According to someone who was in the meeting, Lazridis went on to warn his fellow directors that it was a huge mistake launching yet another all-touch smartphone such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5.
Last week, BlackBerry announced it was cutting 4,500 jobs and expected to announce quarterly net opeating losses of nearly $1 million.
The company has since confirmed its Q2 financial results as $965m, $934 of which was due to what BlackBerry said was a "Z10 inventory change".
Around 5.9 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold to end users in total during the quarter.
Source: The Globe and Mail
Via: The Next Web