Thorsten Heins, RIM’s CEO, has just issued a statement on the status of their upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS. Nothing too shocking, but a step forward in bringing the devices to market.
Heins said that RIM is on track to release BB10 during the “first quarter of 2013” and that “BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers.” Heins also noted that the response from carrier partners “has been tremendous” and “they are excited about the prospect of launching BlackBerry 10.” As for what’s next? Well, RIM’s developer relations team is busy pounding the pavement and working with developers to bring a “wealth of applications” to the BlackBerry App World. In addition, “engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly.”
Overall, a positive note and a good update. Read the entire statement below:
“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. We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered. This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.
I have spent the last several weeks on the road visiting with carrier partners around the world to show them the BlackBerry 10 platform and to share with them our plans for launch. Their response has been tremendous. They are excited about the prospect of launching BlackBerry 10 in their markets. Our respective teams are now engaged on the technical and commercial preparation of the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the lab entry is an important milestone in that context.
The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch. Our developer teams are continuing to generate momentum to bring a wealth of applications to BlackBerry 10, our enterprise teams have started to present BlackBerry 10 devices and services to our business customers, and our engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013.”
In Canada you’ll probably see the all-touch and QWERTY touch hit every carrier such as Rogers, Bell, TELUS, WIND, SaskTel and Videotron. Unfortunately there’s no word on exact launch dates or pricing.