Research in Motion (RIM) is now running a series of tests for its upcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system among telecoms carrier.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said the Canadian smartphone maker has sent its mobile OS to around 50 carriers worldwide to run tests and wait for favorable receptions and positive feedbacks. The move means the company is ready for a BlackBerry 10 general release early next year.
“We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered,” Heins said. “This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.”
Heins said he took an international tour during the past few months to meet several carrier executives and build up the interest in BlackBerry 10. The company now aims to increase the hype from app developers and consumers.
“The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch,” Heins. “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.”
BlackBerry 10 was originally scheduled for a late 2012 release but RIM delayed its development, so the date was pushed to Q1 2013.
Industry experts and tech analysts consider RIM’s long-term prospects dependent upon the successful release of BlackBerry 10.