According to sources inside Research in Motion, the release of mobile devices using the new BlackBerry 10 operating system is ahead of schedule and phones using the OS will debut at BlackBerry World in Orlando this May 1st.
Last year, many analysts expected an early 2012 launch of the new BlackBerry 10 phones, but on the company’s Q3 Conference call December 15th, then co-CEO Mike Lazardis revealed the phones would not be available until “the latter half of 2012…” Lazaridis said the delay is because of a dual-core processing chip that would not be available until that time.
RIM has a lot riding on BlackBerry 10, the phones containing it will be the first to use RIM’s new QNX operating system, the one used in the BlackBerry PlayBook. The operating system was meant to be named BBX, but was changed after a US court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, issued a temporary order against RIM after a company named BASIS argued it had been using the name since 1985.
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RIM acquired QNX in April 2010. The Ottawa-based company was founded in 1980 and acquired by Harman International in 2004. QNX developed an operating system called the QNX Neutrino, which is more familiar to those familiar with OS’s used in mission critical environments, such as high speed trains in Europe and Japan, nuclear power plants, even the Canadarm.
The move to launch at BlackBerry World comes after the Waterloo mobile giant was relatively quiet at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Cantech Letter’s sources say the debut of the BlackBerry 10 phones is part of a larger, more long-term effort to release products at its own BlackBerry World conference.