Blackberry 10 launch delayed to first quarter of 2013

Blackberry 10 will have to wait a bit longer for its public debut. In its quarterly earnings press release today, Research in Motion has confirmed that the next version of its Blackberry mobile operating system, along with the first smartphones made for Blackberry 10, won't be released by the end of 2012. Instead, RIM is now targeting a first quarter 2013 launch time period.

In explaining the delay, the company stated:

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.

The news could not have come at a worse time for RIM, which has seen its smartphone market share get hit by the success of Apple's iPhone and the various Android-based devices.

RIM also announced that it had revenues of $2.8 billion for its last fiscal quarter that ended on June 2nd, down from revenues of $4.2 billion in the previous quarter.The company shipped 7.8 million units of its current Blackberry smartphones in the last quarter, along with 260,000 units of its Blackberry PlayBook tablets.

RIM also confirmed it would lay off 5,000 of its team members. Previous rumors claimed that the company would lay off 2,000 workers.

Source: RIM press release

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Comments from non-BlackBerry users. I've used Android and iPhone. Now I'm back to BlackBerry with the 9350 OS 7.1 and love it!

The browser kicks butt with the latest HTML5 and CSS3 properties. Emailing is great and the apps are amazing. RIM even offers Vlingo Pro for free and it understands commands better than Siri for main purposes.

Don't knock it until you try it.

Btw, writing this comment from my BlackBerry.

Big time mistake (if it could have been avoided being pushed back at all)
It would have been a nice christmas present!

This explains why their stock took another massive dive in after hours trading. On one hand it's their own fault but still kind of sad to see a decline that fast and harsh.

Glassed Silver said,
Oh Jesus Baby Christ.
This can't be failure, this seems planned.
How can they mess up so HARD?

GS:mac

Off topic, I always wonder what does GS:mac means

All I can say is.. HAHAHAHAHAH. BB10 is doomed to fail anyway.. they are removing the only thing people like about BBs.. The stupid keyboard

I just can't wait for that stupid company to die. Would be really funny if every BB owner's phone stopped working as a result of that.. lol.. Relaying all data to RIM's servers... What a great idea that was!!

Edited by PmRd, Jun 28 2012, 11:00pm :

ACTIONpack said,
RIM better get a company to buy them out before they go out of business. Let HP buy RIM and kill it like the Palm!

ya! atleast it would be entertaining that way.. haha

It would be shadowed by Windows Phone 8 if they would launch it this year, although next year is too late imo, they should have release it by now...

adam7288 said,
RIP

At the time, I argued that migrating to QNX was going to be a huge mistake. I mentioned here and elsewhere that I knew for a fact that QNX had already lost the only software engineer who could have taken that hole in the wall garage shop into the 21st century. And that without him, there was no way this marriage was ever going to work.

Sadly, though I use my BB every minute of every day, it's looking like I was correct.

This is why "I told you so" never feels as good as you think it will. 8(

excalpius said,

At the time, I argued that migrating to QNX was going to be a huge mistake. I mentioned here and elsewhere that I knew for a fact that QNX had already lost the only software engineer who could have taken that hole in the wall garage shop into the 21st century. And that without him, there was no way this marriage was ever going to work.

Sadly, though I use my BB every minute of every day, it's looking like I was correct.

This is why "I told you so" never feels as good as you think it will. 8(

I agree!! Blackberry was never great because of its OS; it was great because of the included core apps that worked well for businesses. I said long ago that I thought RIM should port all or its core apps to Android (they are already written in Java, how hard could that be?) Those apps would still be closed source and exclusive to Blackberry devices, but the underlying OS would have been Android. I think that combination 3 years ago would have kept RIM on the map. QNX always seemed more like a pipedream than a roadmap.