上周四，黑莓手机（BlackBerry）制造商动态研究公司（Research in Motion，RIM）宣布，公司第一财季的亏损远远高于预期，并将再次推迟发布外界期待已久的黑莓10操作系统，这让原本就已经每况愈下的RIM公司进一步沉沦。
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion reported a wider-than-expected loss and yet another delay of its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system on Thursday, marking a new low point in the company's downward spiral.
The bad news isn't entirely surprising. Just last month, newish CEO Thorsten Heins warned that "lower volumes and highly competitive pricing dynamics in the marketplace" would likely result in an operating loss for the quarter, and that the company's financial performance would continue to be challenged for the next few quarters.
The company reported a first-quarter loss of $518 million, or 99 cents a share. Overall sales at the Waterloo, Ontario-based company came in at $2.8 billion, down 43% from $4.9 billion in the same quarter a year ago and considerably lower than analysts' expected first-quarter revenue of $3.1 billion.
During the quarter, RIM says it shipped 7.8 million BlackBerry smartphones and a meager 260,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. The company also announced cost-cutting efforts that will include a "workforce reduction" of about 5,000 employees.
"I am not satisfied with these results and continue to work aggressively with all areas of the organization and the Board to implement meaningful changes to address the challenges, including a thoughtful realignment of resources and honing focus within the Company on areas that have the greatest opportunities," Heins said in a written statement. "Our top priority going forward is the successful launch of our first BlackBerry 10 device, which we now anticipate will occur in the first quarter of calendar 2013. In parallel with the roll out of BlackBerry 10, we are aggressively working with our advisors on our strategic review and are actively evaluating ways to better leverage our assets and build on our strengths, including our growing BlackBerry subscriber base of approximately 78 million, our large enterprise installed base, our unique network architecture and our industry leading security capabilities."
RIM's (RIMM) BlackBerries once dominated the smartphone industry, but in recent years the company has been on a fast decline. Its management failed to react quickly to Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and devices running Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, which now rule the mobile market.
The company's last hope is BlackBerry 10, but this isn't the first time the mobile operating system has been delayed. In his business update last month, CEO Heins said that the company had made "significant progress" on several fronts, like development on BlackBerry 10, which was expected to launch by end of this year and is now slated for early 2013. On a call with investors on Thursday, Heins said that the integration of new features and development of the BlackBerry 10's software code has "proven to be more challenging and time-consuming than anticipated." With BlackBerry 10 devices not expected to launch until the first quarter of 2013, RIM will miss out on this year's holiday sales season. In the meantime, a new iPhone and more Android devices are expected to launch, and Microsoft is expected to make a big push with the latest version of Windows.