Research in Motion’s last remaining hope for the company’s future is officially on track for an early 2013 launch. According to RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, the ever-delayed BlackBerry 10 release date is not 100% confirmed for Q1 of next year, as the project finally appears to be falling into place.
BlackBerry has largely fallen off the radar as of late and has only seemed to creep into the news when RIM has been given something of a battering by analysts, consumers and its remaining client base. In the meantime, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android have been free to continue their unstoppable rise to full monopolization of the industry, with Microsoft now having also joined the race with its all-new Windows Phone 8 OS.
Now however, while it may not be the most Earth-shattering news we could have hoped for from RIM, Heins has confirmed that the current BlackBerry 10 release date will indeed hold out, as the software enters its network testing stage of development.
Dozens of hiccups and outright disasters have seen the BlackBerry 10 release date already pushed back from the early part of this year, with some having suggested that even the first half of 2013 was beginning to look unlikely. Heins therefore took it upon himself to quash the hearsay for now at least, publically expressing his confidence in the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS and device range.
Numerous setbacks have been reported, with hints of delays pushing the new OS back to much later in the new year. However, CEO Thorsten Heins has publically confirmed that BlackBerry 10 is well on track for a launch early in 2013:
“I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10. In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers – a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013.”
RIM has also promised at least 110,000 apps available by the time BlackBerry 10 arrives – content being heralded as perhaps the primary key to the new operating system’s success or otherwise.