RIM Delays BlackBerry 10 Until 2013, Lays Off 5,000 Staff
RIM’s new mobile OS was supposed to launch before the end of the year, and now RIM has announced that they are delaying the launch of BlackBerry 10 until 2013.
RIM announced its latest financial results with a net financial loss of $192 million in the last quarter, they have decided to lay off 5,000 staff as well as delaying the launch of BlackBerry 10.
“RIM’s development teams are relentlessly focussed on ensuring the quality and reliability of the platform and I will not compromise the product by delivering it before it is ready. I am confident that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones will provide a ground-breaking next generation smartphone user experience,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. “We are encouraged by the traction that the BlackBerry 10 platform is gaining with application developers and content partners following the successful BlackBerry Jam sessions that we have held around the world since the beginning of May. Similarly, the reception of the BlackBerry 10 platform by our key carrier partners has been very positive and they are looking forward to going to market with BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the first quarter of calendar 2013.”
RIM obviously want to make sure that their BlackBerry 10 OS is ready before it is launched, so we guess we will have to wait until next year to seethe first BlackBerry 10 devices.
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