BlackBerry OS 10 Delayed as RIM Layoffs Announced

RIM has just announced another batch of bad news, pouring more gloom onto the company that many say is doomed. Its BlackBerry OS 10 software has been delayed, thousands of jobs are to be cut and revenues for the last quarter were even worse than expected.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins announced the bad news following the close of the market on Thursday. Revenue for the last quarter was $2.8 billion, down from $4.17 billion in Q2 2011. Pessimistic analyst reports pegged the revenue sum at $3.1 billion previously – the truth is even worse than feared.

Heins says that the delay of BlackBerry OS 10, the version of the smartphone software that’s intended to bring BlackBerry into the “now” to do battle with iOS and Android, is down to a question of quality rather than cash, though. He said, “I will not deliver a product to market that does not meet the needs of our customers. There will be no compromise on this issue.” BlackBerry OS 10 has been pushed back to Q1 2013, where it was hoped it would launch later this year.

RIM’s Thorsten Heins

The RIM CEO does not see the OS’s tardiness as a reason to despair, though, saying the new devices will be “more than competitive” when they arrive.

The outlook is not looking good, though. A reported 5,000 job cuts are planned, in an effort to save $1 billion in costs. Quite how this restructuring will pan out hasn’t been detailed, but will there be anyone left to fine-tune BlackBerry OS 10 at the end?

Recent reports have suggested that RIM may start using Windows Phone 8 in their phones instead of BlackBerry OS, just as Nokia did with its Lumia range phones. Reuters writes that Ballmer has already approached the phone veteran on the issue.

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