RIM CEO talks about BlackBerry 10 progress, still on track to flawlessly launch in Q1 2013

It has been quite some time since we focused on the BlackBerry 10 OS and also how the development on the new OS was working out.


And if you are one of those who have been waiting eagerly for the new OS to launch so that you get to grab either the L-Series of the N-Series smartphone, then there is some good news coming in.

RIM’s CEO Thorsten Heins has in an official statement said that the BlackBerry 10 said that the new OS has passed a critical milestone in the development as it has achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers which is a key step for the launch of the BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013.

Read the full statement below:
I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10. In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers – a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013. We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered. This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.
I have spent the last several weeks on the road visiting with carrier partners around the world to show them the BlackBerry 10 platform and to share with them our plans for launch. Their response has been tremendous. 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 entry is an important milestone in that context.
The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch. Our developer teams are continuing to generate momentum to bring a wealth of applications to BlackBerry 10, our enterprise teams have started to present BlackBerry 10 devices and services to our business customers, and our engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013.
It is to be noted that earlier RIM had announced its aim to launch the BlackBerry 10 OS on the new smartphones in the first week of January 2013 but in the statement he it is being aimed in Q1, 2013. Also there were rumours that the OS has been delayed until March 2013 which we pray are false.
From whatever that we have seen, the BlackBerry 10 OS with the hardware seems to be a good combo but we would only know after the launch of the OS in 2013 if people would still interested in BlackBerry.