BlackBerry 10 launch to be streamed live online - will you be watching?

It's been a long time coming.

Research In Motion officially announced its next-generation mobile platform back in October 2011, proudly stating that 'BBX' would "combine the best of the BlackBerry platform and the best of the QNX platform to connect people, devices, content and services". Just a few weeks later, RIM was forced to rename its new OS due to a copyright dispute, and BBX became BlackBerry 10

It had been hoped that the first BlackBerry 10 handsets would launch in August of last year, but in June 2012, RIM admitted that it would be unable to launch BB10 in 2012 as planned, stating that "the integration of [key] features and the associated large volume of code into the platform has proven to be more time consuming that anticipated". Despite the delay, the company insisted that it was on track for a launch in the first quarter of 2013. 

Since then, the company has been upbeat about its new operating system, and there seems to be a significant amount of enthusiasm among carriers across the globe for the OS. In early November, we reported that 50 operators were already testing BB10 devices; last month, all of the major UK operators confirmed that they would be offering BlackBerry 10 handsets too. 

With the official launch now almost upon us, RIM has confirmed that it will be streaming the event live online via its website, with local events taking place around the world in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, Johannesburg, Jakarta and Delhi. The event will begin at 1500 GMT / 0700 PST / 1000 ET / 1600 CET / 1900 GST / 2030 IST / 0000 (31 Jan) JST / 0200 (31 Jan) EDT. 

Will you be tuning in to watch the webcast? Have you been looking forward to the BlackBerry 10 launch? Are you planning to buy a BB10 handset? Or do you think that RIM has had its day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

Source: RIM pre-announcement / webcast | image via iHelpLounge

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as a work interest ill be watching, we support all (minus windows phone, no idea why! we 100% windows env!) but lost interest in anything blackberry related for personal use since getting my Galaxy Note/Android.

The biggest hurdle in getting developers to make apps/games for their platform is that most of their user base are gov't and corporate employees using locked down phones and they can't install apps.

Should be interesting and they way their new phone looks, they could do well. Depends on the software tho and support for the product. Will I watch it? No, got to work but I will read about it later.

Nope - but that's because my internet connection sucks. I'd love to watch it if I had a good connection. I'll probably be following a liveblog instead.

I love new technology, interested to see what RIM has cooked up for BB10, will definitely be watching.

Hope they have some new ideas to light a fire under Android/IOS, competition is great for innovation.

SizzlingFtw said,
Microsoft needs to buy Rim, 10 billion is hardly a problem to secure your future in mobile.

Unlike other companies *cough* Google *cough* Microsoft don't have to swallow up other companies to make new products and expand into new markets. However I do agree that they could possibly buy into the company and do a 3 way partnership with Nokia to have a stable manufacturing arm!

ingramator said,

Unlike other companies *cough* Google *cough* Microsoft don't have to swallow up other companies to make new products and expand into new markets. However I do agree that they could possibly buy into the company and do a 3 way partnership with Nokia to have a stable manufacturing arm!

A quick search about MS acquisitions in the past would show you as MS, as well as many other companies, has bought many companies contrary to what you were stating.
Which is the correct course of action: you do not need to waste money to rediscover hot water if someone has already done it before.

SizzlingFtw said,
Microsoft needs to buy Rim, 10 billion is hardly a problem to secure your future in mobile.

I think Nokia is doing a good enough job for WP, infact... they are probably the only reason WP isn't failing hard.

But looking at BB10, I honestly like the OS more. I'm more of a WP fan, but im going to be buying the Z10.... Microsoft moves like a laggard on innovation past live tiles.

Yes I will be tuning in just because I like seeing what manufacturers are bringing to the table even if I do think the company is going to die out or at least be dissolved into another within the next 5 years!