The Canadian smartphone maker Research In Motion, best known for its BlackBerry phones, has announced that it will lay off 2,000 employees, about 10% of its global workforce.

Additionally, some executives will be moving around or leaving the company.

Employees based in North America will begin to receive their notices this week, while those in most other countries will be told at a later date, the company said.

The company says it will also restructure second-tier management, as it struggles against Apple and Android smartphones.

Here's a slideshow highlighting Research In Motion's PlayBook, its response to Apple's iPad.