SMARTPHONE MAKER Research in Motion (RIM) has started the carrier testing phase for its Blackberry 10 mobile operating system.
In a statement, CEO Thorsten Heins said that RIM has delivered its mobile operating system to some 50 carriers worldwide for testing and approval. The move should put Blackberry 10 on pace for general release in early 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 CEO said that he had taken a global tour in recent months to meet with carriers and drive up interest in Blackberry 10. The company now hopes to build enthusiasm from developers and end-users.
"The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch," Heins promised.
"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."
Originally slated for release in late 2012, Blackberry 10 was pushed back into the coming year as the company stalled on development of the operating system. Analysts believe that the long-term outlook for the company could hinge on a successful rollout of Blackberry 10.
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