BlackBerry 10 still on track; over 50 carriers testing BB10 devices

Given what a torrid time Research In Motion has had over the last eighteen months – from service disruptions to product delays – it’s great to be able to report some positive news about the company. In a public statement, RIM’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, provided an upbeat update on development of BlackBerry 10, as the company “passed a critical milestone” in the long journey of the new OS to market.

A few days ago, RIM’s next-generation operating system entered the ‘Lab Entry’ phase of its development, with more than fifty carriers across the globe now testing BB10 handsets. While this is a good start, it’s only the beginning; in the coming months, Heins says that “more carriers around the world [will] formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software”.

He added that the response among carriers who are currently testing the device and OS “has been tremendous” – not the first time that we’ve heard RIM talking up the enthusiasm of operators for BlackBerry 10. Heins added that the company is working hard to generate buzz among developers to build apps for the platform - we've previously heard that RIM will guarantee $10,000 of revenue in the first year for apps that pass its special "quality certification" standards - while business and enterprise customers are already being approached with information on BB10 devices and services.

Leaks in recent weeks have given us a hint of what some of those devices might offer, including the well-specified ‘London’ handset, and the powerhouse quad-core flagship, codename ‘Aristo’. But the promise of great handsets just around the corner hasn’t put an end to continued speculation that RIM will soon cease to be the ‘third ecosystem’ behind Android and iOS, with a report a month ago suggesting that Windows Phone may overtake BlackBerry sooner than some might think, at least in Europe.

But while that speculation is unlikely to end, it’s very encouraging to hear from the company’s CEO that it remains on track to deliver BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013. RIM seems more committed than ever to fighting for its survival and, in the longer term, for its success.

Source: Engadget | Image: CNET/CBS Interactive

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Hello,

My existing BlackBerry Bold 9930 does a great job with email, however, I find its web browser lacking compared to my Nokia Lumia 900 or Google Nexus 7. Also, integration between BES, Microsoft FUAG and WebSense is somewhat lacking. Hopefully, that will improve with this next generation of device.

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Aryeh Goretsky

If I were them I wouldn't make the same mistake microsoft did. Just bring essential apps at any cost( that would be max. 100 apps in number) and games I assume popular titles already ported. good to go. Its sad to see Windows RT lunched and with all the money and resources Microsoft has important applications are missing. very disappointing./

I really wonder whether BlackBerry will be able to make a comeback. They've been very popular here in the Netherlands, I guess a bit longer than in most other countries. But even here most people have moved on to iPhone and Android. Should be interesting to see if they manage to get a large portion back.

Some of the features I saw will definitely appeal to multinational business executives.
Being able to type any language without having to specify input keyboard is a unique and distinct innovation which will keep them around for another business cycle or two.

So will apps on BB10 be proprietary apps for that ecosystem or are they going to be Android apps? I think they should go the Android route to stand a chance. I like the look of the OS but I wont be getting a BB10 phone

Richard Cousins said,
So will apps on BB10 be proprietary apps for that ecosystem or are they going to be Android apps? I think they should go the Android route to stand a chance. I like the look of the OS but I wont be getting a BB10 phone

They do have technology that will run Android apps on their platform, plus a native SDK.

Go RIM!

I am curious to see what RIM has in store in terms of software and hardware. One thing I give them credit for is their commitment to originality.

Ficman said,
50 Carriers testing has to be a typo, should say the 50 people left using BB are testing

I think you forgot a few people. It's more like 80 million.

If developers don't seem interested in WP8 (like some other article seem to say), who will want to make apps for BB10? RIM is not dead but it's quite close to it....

TruckWEB said,
If developers don't seem interested in WP8 (like some other article seem to say), who will want to make apps for BB10? RIM is not dead but it's quite close to it....

BB10 is dead out of the water. BB10 should have come out in 2011 and not 2013.

sanctified said,
My next device will be a BB N series.

Still have my old iphone and I'm ready to finally upgrade as well.

I'm just sick of iOS.