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BlackBerry cancels two BB10 handsets as woes continue

BlackBerry has cancelled two upcoming BlackBerry 10 handsets as its 2014 developer and investor conference is also given the chop.

The latest round of BlackBerry handset cancelations comes just days after the Canadian manufacturer announced a staggering third quarter loss exceeding £2.7 billion, the latest in a long line of negative financial reports.

The two scrapped phones have been doing the rounds online in recent weeks under the monikers of the BlackBerry Café and Kopi, although detailed specifications of the unconfirmed models have remained a mystery.

Making the announcement, the company stated that it had “made the decision to cancel plans to launch two devices to mitigate the identified inventory risk.”

Following the launch of the first BlackBerry 10 powered handsets back in January, the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10, the operating system has failed to reignite the manufacturer’s ailing smartphone stakes.

As well as canning two upcoming phones, BlackBerry has confirmed that it no longer intends to host BlackBerry Live 2014 next year.

“We’ve taken a look at how to best meet our goals with BlackBerry events, and today we’re announcing that we will not be hosting a BlackBerry Live conference in 2014,” the company confirmed via a statement on its official blog.

They added: “Instead, we’re planning to continue with an engaging line-up of smaller, targeted events taking place all around the world over the next 12 months. These events are designed with a greater focus on the specific business, developer, and partner audiences, and will allow you to get the most out of your attendance.”

While the cancelation of an annual company event might not sound like such a big deal, BlackBerry Live has been running under one guise or another since its first holding in 2002 as the Wireless Enterprise Symposium, and has acted as a launch platform for a number of its biggest releases.

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Via: WSJ

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