The BlackBerry 10 launch finally – finally – goes down two weeks today, January 30, and Canadian manufacturer RIM has pretty much everything pinned on the operating system’s success.
On the plus side, it’s probably fair to say there’s a decent amount of buzz surrounding the launch, and there’s good news (for a change) – as we’re hearing RIM’s stock climbed yesterday to its highest level in ages. Nice.
Specifically, RIM’s stock soared 10.2% to hit $14.67 in afternoon trading. That’s the highest figure since the $14.95 recorded in April 2012 – some nine months ago.
It’s not entirely clear why the stock leapt up, though there’s some speculation that the 15,000 app thingy might’ve played a part.
A couple of days ago, I was saying that RIM had secured a whopping 15,000 BlackBerry 10 app submissions, thanks to a bunch of financial and hardware-related incentives.
Of course, there’s an argument to be made for quality vs. quantity, though having a healthy selection of apps is generally seen as a plus. Even if loads of them are fart apps.
RIM will inevitably be hoping to recapture some of its former smartphone glory with BlackBerry 10. We’re expecting the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 and QWERTY-rockin’ BlackBerry X10 to arrive shortly after the BlackBerry 10 launch.