8/14/2012 12:08:25 PM
BB10 will soon be available for licensing, says CEO Heins
BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has said it is close to licensing its new BB10 operating system to other manufacturers.
The first BlackBerry devices bearing the new operating system are expected by the first quarter of next year. The OS is in the final stages of testing and is built on QNX software, which is used in cars, nuclear plants and military drones.
In an interview with Bloomberg, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said: 'QNX is already licensed across the automotive sector – we could do that with BB10 if we chose to. The platform can be licensed.'
Among the features of BB10 is an improved web browser and multitasking between apps. The pressure on BB10 to succeed was underlined this morning when research agency Gartner said BlackBerry's sales for the second quarter of this year fell by 36.8% to eight million. It said RIM is the 10th biggest manufacturer based on global sales and has the fourth most popular OS. However, Heins, who told the agency he is using a BB10-enabled handset, said he was confident the new platform would turnaround its fortunes: 'We're here to win. We're not here to fight for third or fourth place.'
Editor: Graeme Neill