BlackBerry 10 OS may only launch in March 2013, analyst claims

BlackBerry 10 OS may only launch in March 2013, analyst claimsWe can't even say it's a surprise. With the arrival of RIM's BlackBerry 10 platform supposedly finally coming into sight, rumours are starting to swirl around involving the dreaded D-word: delays.

Analyst Peter Misek of Jefferies suggests we may have to wait until March before BB10 finally appears in the wild, and adds that things aren't looking too good for RIM's ambitious plan to license its operating software either.

In a research note to investors, Misek said RIM still believes it can get BB10 out the door in January, but said March was “more likely”.

His reasoning? He doesn't say, but we have to presume there is one and he's not just making it all up.

Technically, of course, March still falls within the broader Q1 2013 launch window RIM has consistently been promising all along. CEO Thorsten Heins has made it clear on a number of occasions that the software is effectively finished, and was only being held back to the New Year to make 100% sure it's everything RIM wants it to be.

The fact that the story is getting airtime in the first place simply indicates how vulnerable RIM is right now: with practically every other smartphone maker worth talking about having released new hardware over the past month or so, the merest suggestion of a delay to RIM's own next-generation kit is a headache the company can well do without.

There's also the knock-on effect on potential OEM partners – RIM wants to license BB10 to other handset makers as a way of spreading the ecosystem beyond its own product portfolio.

Persuading OEM partners to jump on board in the current climate is tough enough without fears that RIM may not be able to deliver the software on time.

It effectively means there's little to no chance of any significant licensing deals being struck until potential partners are satisfied the software lives up to RIM's promises.

Via Forbes

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 10, 2012 at 10:59

Oh my...
They could've had a chance of (possibly) cutting into Nokia's WP8 sales - seeing how Mr Elop's brilliant new idea are network exclusive deals, limited markets, and all that...

But hey... who knows.

misterjones  Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:38

We cant say it is a surprise yes. That mobot picks up on the words 'analyst' and 'claims', and leads as is if it fact. And mod comment as if it is.

Who knows indeed. But dont forget to report the analyst who claims the world is flat.

Pondlife  Oct. 10, 2012 at 22:43

Going to have to be spectacular and no sign so far that it will be

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 11, 2012 at 07:35

His reasoning? He doesn't say, but we have to presume there is one and he's not just making it all up.
If you came here more often you'd know we didn't put the 'an*l' in analyst, but we sure know it's there ;)

My comment was not based on taking an analysts paid-for musings for gospel, it's based on the fact that it's October 2012. I was a very happy BB9900 user, by the way - and I believe the entire Android league could have used some inspiration from that excellent hardware.
Another fact is: RIM failed to exploit Nokia's mess. The E6 and E7 were the first signs that, after the 'consumer market' Nokia were about to screw the lucrative 'enterprise' slice of business with overpriced flawed and delayed devices. How did RIM use that? By releasing an overpriced 9900 and some cheaper clones of yesterday's models with some mildly improved upon software. And a wannabe tablet without an email client...


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