BlackBerry has delayed the expected release of its BlackBerry smartphones until later than expected in 2012. During a quarterly earnings press call it was revealed that BlackBerry 10 will not be available until "the latter part of calendar 2012" instead af the first half of the year as previously indicated.
BlackBerry 10 was previously called BBX until there was a problem with trademark infringement. Research in Motion changed the name of it next operating system from BBX to BlackBerry 10 due to judgement in a trademark dispute in New Mexico. The BlackBerry 10 operating system combines the BlackBerry OS with the QNX platform that is currently used for the BlackBerry PlayBook.
RIM announced its earning report, today which in turn made its stock value go down.
“Despite the challenges faced in the third quarter, the BlackBerry subscriber base grew to almost 75 million customers around the world. In addition, RIM launched a range of new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones globally and introduced holiday promotions that helped drive growth in the installed base of BlackBerry PlayBook users,” said Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, Co-CEOs at Research In Motion.
“RIM continues to have strong technology, unique service capabilities and a large installed base of customers, and we are more determined than ever to capitalize on our strengths to overcome the recent execution challenges surrounding product launches and the resulting financial performance. As part of our commitment to improving our performance to better meet the expectations of shareholders and customers, we continue to evaluate ways to improve in several areas of the Company’s operations. It may take some time to realize the benefits of these efforts and the platform transition that we are undertaking, but we continue to believe that RIM has the right set of strengths and capabilities to maintain a leading role in the mobile communications industry.”
RIM also recently announced BlackBerry Mobile Fusion for multi-platform mobile device management including Apple's iPhone and iPad.
At BlackBerry DevCon Americas, RIM announced its new OS, BBX combo OS along with new developer tools