RIM delays BlackBerry 10 to Q1 2013

Research In MotionResearch In Motion today announced that BlackBerry 10 has been delayed until Q1 2013. During its latest financial results announcement, Thorsten Heins, President and CEO, said that “major” progress has been made but that getting BlackBerry 10 ready would require more time than originally anticipated. He attributed the delays to the integration of key features into the new OS as well as the large volume of code involved.

“RIM’s development teams are relentlessly focused on ensuring the quality and reliability of the platform and I will not compromise the product by delivering it before it is ready. I am confident that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones will provide a ground-breaking next generation smartphone user experience,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. “We are encouraged by the traction that the BlackBerry 10 platform is gaining with application developers and content partners following the successful BlackBerry Jam sessions that we have held around the world since the beginning of May. Similarly, the reception of the BlackBerry 10 platform by our key carrier partners has been very positive and they are looking forward to going to market with BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the first quarter of calendar 2013.”

Heins also reiterated that RIM was looking at licensing BlackBerry 10 to other companies.

While rumours have suggested that the BlackBerry 10 device hardware was ready ahead of schedule, it won’t do the company much good without the software to go with it. And will that hardware still be relevant when BlackBerry 10 is finally ready?

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