No BlackBerry 10 smartphones until 2013
29 Jun 2012
Admission comes during disappointing earnings report
Just days ago, we saw details of the first BlackBerry 10 devices leak, with at least one of those handsets said to be coming from August. Well, it seems like someone at maker RIM has had a change of heart.
There will be no all-new BlackBerry smartphones until 2013. That's not a rumour, it's the official word from the company, with the admission made during the latest (disappointing) sales results. For the record, RIM lost $518m in the last 90 days, shipping around 7.8 million BlackBerry phones.
Referring to the new platform, Thorsten Heins, president and CEO of RIM, said: 'Our top priority going forward is the successful launch of our first BlackBerry 10 device, which we now anticipate will occur in the first quarter of calendar 2013.'
'In parallel with the roll out of BlackBerry 10, we are aggressively working with our advisors on our strategic review and are actively evaluating ways to better leverage our assets and build on our strengths, including our growing BlackBerry subscriber base of approximately 78 million, our large enterprise installed base, our unique network architecture and our industry leading security capabilities.'
The problem seems to be a longer than expected development process: '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.'
So with no new BlackBerry 10 hardware coming in the next 90 days, don't expect those sale results to improve next time out. But it's perhaps better to get it right than rush out a product, especially with the health of the company at stake.