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Jul 10, 2012

RIM’s CEO: BlackBerry 10 Devices Arrive in January 2013

Research In Motion is in deep trouble, but the Canadian company hopes to boost its market share once BlackBerry 10 OS gets launched next year.

Previously slated for a Q3/Q4 launch, BlackBerry 10 OS has been recently delayed by RIM due to the fact that there’s a large amount of coding needed and the company’s software engineers won’t have the time to include all the new features by the end of the year. RIM’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, stated last week that the first BlackBerry 10 OS devices were scheduled to hit shelves in Q1 2013, though the official did not unveil any exact release date. However, Heins decided to shed more light on the upcoming launch of the next-generation operating system, during an interview for CIO’s Al Sacco.

According to RIM’s CEO, “in January with the full touch device and the QWERTY coming, I think we will reinstall faith in RIM. That's what we're working on. This is what our objective is, and when I've talked to carriers about the delay of BlackBerry 10, the overwhelming feedback was, ‘First, thank you for letting us know in advance. Second, Q4 is mostly a prepaid quarter anyway, lot of noise coming, actually why don't we focus on a Q1 2013 launch and make this a major launch in Q1?’ ”

This information gets in line with the latest RIM BlackBerry 10 roadmap that leaked last week, so we can safely assume that the Canadian company is now hard at work to keep its promise to both carriers and customers, and deliver the first BlackBerry 10 devices in January 2013. Rumor has it that RIM will launch a full touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone first, which will be followed soon by a physical QWERTY device. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins
Image credits to RIM


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