BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has revealed its user numbers have increased by two million to 80 million globally, as investors await its financial results out tomorrow (Thursday).
The manufacturer is holding its BlackBerry Jam conference in San Jose, California this week and is showing new features from its BlackBerry 10 operating system. Its launch was pushed back to the first quarter of 2013 but is crucial to the one-time smartphone leader's future.
CEO Thorsten Heins [pictured] showed off the OS to delegates, which included the multi-tasking Flow service that allows users to flip from task to task and removes the need for a home button. It showed off a range of apps including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare.
Heins said: 'Developers, more than anybody, have embraced the power and potential of BlackBerry 10. We are just a few short months away. BlackBerry 10 is on track... By showing the world how BlackBerry 10 unites elegant devices with a flowing user experience, that is based on a future-proof platform and strong alignment with carriers, we are making believers out of our partners.'
He added: 'We understand that the BlackBerry platform was not always easy to develop for, but those days are gone. You told us what you needed, we listened and we made changes. You stuck with us and we thank you for your support and your enthusiasm. We will succeed together.'
The increase in user numbers surprised investors and RIM's share price increased by five per cent in the wake of the presentation.
Editor: Graeme Neill