The BlackBerry 10 operating system is being tested by over 50 different carriers worldwide, according to Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins.
In recent weeks Heins has been travelling the world meeting with carriers to show off the capabilities of BlackBerry 10, ahead of the platform’s arrival next year: “They are excited about the prospect of launching BlackBerry 10 in their markets. Our respective teams are now engaged on the technical and commercial preparation of the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the lab is an important milestone in that context.”
The new OS isn’t launching until the first quarter of 2013, when two new BlackBerry devices will arrive, but RIM appears to be taking time and care to ensure that the launch goes off without any major technical hitches. The testing process will take several more weeks, according to TechRadar.
With iOS, Android and Windows Phone grabbing the headlines and a huge chunk of the market, RIM’s very survival as a company requires BlackBerry 10 to prove a success. 5 million iPhone 5 handsets were sold in the first three days it was available, while 1.3 million new Android phones are activated every day. RIM needs to come back incredibly strongly to grab back anything approaching the smartphone market share it held several years ago.
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