BlackBerry 10 is widely viewed as the last best hope for Research In Motion, so news that its planned release has been delayed until 2013 is not welcome. According to RIM, coding the update is taking more time than expected.
RIM’s statement as part of its quarterly financial results explains the problem as follows:
Over the past several weeks, RIM’s software development teams have made major progress in the development of key features for the BlackBerry 10 platform; however, the integration of these features and the associated large volume of code into the platform has proven to be more time consuming than anticipated. As a result, the Company now expects to launch the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones in market in Q1 of calendar 2013.
I can sympathise with that argument to some extent, but waiting for another six to nine months is going to see a lot more people weigh up other alternatives such as Android Jelly Bean. It’s not that interest in BlackBerry phones has disappeared completely: 7.8 million were sold during March, April and May. RIM is pushing ahead with BlackBerry 10 developer workshops, including one in Sydney on July 12; I’m heading along but it will be interesting to see who else turns up.