Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:16

BlackBerry 10 on January 30


RIM has revealed that BlackBerry 10 - along with the first two smartphones running the new OS - will be launched on January 30, 2013.

BlackBerry 10 was originally revealed in October 2011, and in December that year the company said it would ship the new products in late 2012.

In July, that slipped to the first quarter of 2013, and RIM has now committed to a January 30 launch.

"Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of Research In Motion. "

Thanks to our strong partnerships with global carriers and a growing ecosystem of developers, we believe our customers will have the best experience possible with BlackBerry 10.

"We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world."

BlackBerry 10 smartphones are being tested by more than 50 carrier labs around the world.

As recently reported, BlackBerry 10 has received FIPS 140-2 certification - the first time BlackBerry products have been FIPS certified prior to their launch.

While security is important to certain users, RIM has made changes to its consumer services in some countries that effectively allow government agencies to monitor messages.

Ironically, the enterprise services used by businesses and government departments are not open to such intrusion due to the way encryption keys are assigned.

Statistics published by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the third calendar quarter [PDF] showed BlackBerry accounted for just 0.6% of the smartphone installed base in Australia, well behind Android (67.19%), iOS (23.2%), and even Windows (4.9%).

The effect of the iPhone 5 launch is expected to be reflected in the fourth-quarter figures, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech officials said.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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