After multiple delays, RIM has finally announced January 30 as the date when it will launch its next-gen BlackBerry 10 smartphone operating system. The company will hold multiple events across the world on January 30 where it will share more details of the operating system and device availability. BB10 was first supposed to launch in early 2012 after RIM acquired QNX platform to overhaul BlackBerry OS and make it competitive to Android and iOS. However, the software integration took much longer than expected, especially the integration of BlackBerry Messenger and enterprise email services.
“Over the past several weeks, RIM’s software development teams have made major progress in the development of key features for the BlackBerry 10 platform; however, the integration of these features and the associated large volume of code into the platform has proven to be more time consuming than anticipated. As a result, the Company now expects to launch the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones in market in Q1 of calendar 2013,” RIM said in a statement in June.
Even RIM CEO insisted that he was not willing to release the operating system before it is ready. “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,” he said while announcing the delay that would push the launch to the first quarter of 2013.
During this period, RIM has shown off the new features of BlackBerry 10 to developers and carriers globally. BlackBerry 10 is a make-or-break deal for the Canadian smartphone vendor as its dominance in the enterprise segment is waning as more corporates are deploying iOS and Android.