Industry Minister James Moore said he wants BlackBerry Ltd. to “make it on its own” and compete with Apple Inc.'s iOS and Google Inc.'s Android mobile platforms. “I want BlackBerry to grow and to continue to employ Canadians and to continue to innovate and be a challenger to the Android and iOS platforms and Windows platforms,” the minister told reporters in Oakville, Ont., on Thursday, according to Bloomberg. That was before BlackBerry's announcement Friday of sagging sales, hundreds of millions of dollars in additional net losses, and another round of layoffs of 4,500. In March the Waterloo, Ont.-based company said it had about 12,700 staff. It has already cut about 400 jobs this summer. The struggling smartphone manufacturer has said it is looking at potential buyers and strategic alternatives. The federal cabinet would have to approve a foreign takeover of the company, and this month BlackBerry registered with the federal lobbying commissioner to talk to the federal government about Canada's foreign takeover rules. This week, the company also announced the roll out of its newest phone, the Z30, saying the device is its “biggest, fastest and most advanced smartphone,” and will be available in other markets “going into the holiday season,” BlackBerry said in a release.