8/15/2012 10:27:48 AM
RIM begins producing test versions of BB10 devices
Research in Motion (RIM) has started building test versions of its next generation devices carrying the BlackBerry 10 OS ahead of their launch early next year.
Production of two unnamed devices will be ramped up during the coming months. One is a full touch-screen device and the other is a hybrid with a touch-screen and QWERTY keyboard. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins told the Financial Times: 'BlackBerry 10 is for real, the hardware is there and the software is there.'
RIM is expected to produce a more limited range of smartphones in future.
Heins revealed yesterday (14 August) that RIM will seek to licence its new operating system to other manufacturers but stressed the company's priority was launching its own BB10 devices.
Heins said one of the features would be 'BlackBerry Flow', which is a means of switching between apps through thumb swiping. The manufacturer see this as a way of differentiating the platform from Apple's iPhone and Google's Android OS.
Heins delayed the launch of the next generation BlackBerry devices from the fourth quarter of 2012 until early next year to ensure the mobile platform was ready to market.
Editor: Graeme Neill