For the past few days now there has been a flurry of news floating around surrounding BlackBerry and their agreement with Volkswagen Infotainment. Last week, Volkswagen issued a press release stating they would be taking over BlackBerry's European research and development centre in Bochum. We never wrote about it because there was a lot of information left out of the very simple press release announcement.
As time went on, BlackBerry confirmed some details of the agreement and noted around 200 employees would be transferred to AutoVision GmbH, a Volkswagen AG subsidiary in addition to taking over some of the leasing obligations of the offices and laboratories at the Bochum University Center and the Design Support Lab from BlackBerry. However, eventually the story ended up getting spun out to say that BlackBerry had included QNX as part of the deal. As part of BlackBerry's #BBFactCheck portal, they've now cleared up some of information.
BBFactCheck is setting the record straight for Seeking Alpha. Their piece appearing yesterday, July 6, 2014, regarding our agreement with Volkswagen Infotainment GmbH, incorrectly states that the deal includes our subsidiary QNX Software Systems.
The facts are that employees and R&D assets involved in this agreement have only ever supported BlackBerry product efforts. BlackBerry did not issue any communications about QNX involvement in this transaction – as they are not involved.
The inaccuracy of this piece is not limited to the incorrect QNX statements and assumptions. Seeking Alpha also references a "press release" that was in fact sourced as another news story on the topic. This is confusing to readers and blatantly wrong.
So, there you have it. The agreement does not include QNX, BlackBerry has just removed their involvement from the location in Bochum. The employees who worked there will be transferred to AutoVision and BlackBerry no longer has to worry about the leasing obligations on the locations within Germany much like how they've let loose locations in Waterloo and Halifax.