Research in Motion (RIM) has begun the carrier testing phase for its BlackBerry 10 (BB 10) smartphone platform.
Chief executive Thorsten Heins said that RIM had delivered its mobile operating system to some 50 carriers worldwide for testing and approval. The move should put BB 10 on pace for general availability in the first months of 2013.
"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."
The RIM chief said that he has been around the world meeting carriers to drive up interest in the platform. The company now hopes to build enthusiasm for BB 10 among developers and end-users.
"The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch," Heins said.
"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 mobilised to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013."
Analysts believe that the long-term outlook for the company could effectively hinge on a successful rollout of the new platform.
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