First BlackBerry 10 handset release delayed until January

Update: RIM CEO Thorsten Heins suggests BlackBerry 10 delays could end in January

BlackBerry's smartphone woes continue as during a disappointing earnings call the company has delayed its BlackBerry 10 OS until 2013

Having recently announced that the first BlackBerry 10 OS handsets have been delayed until 2013, Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins has spoken out on the delays suggesting the first next-gen BlackBerry devices will touch down in January.

With the company's share prices continuing to plummet, the RIM head made the announcement late last month that the company was to backtrack on its previous pledge to have the first BlackBerry 10 packing handsets in consumer's hands before the end of the year, revealing the mobile operating system had taken longer to develop than anticipated and would face a new round of delays.

"RIM's development teams are relentlessly focussed on ensuring the quality and reliability of the platform and I will not compromise the product by delivering it before it is ready," RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said at the time. "I am confident that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones will provide a ground-breaking next generation smartphone user experience.

He added: "The reception of the BlackBerry 10 platform by our key carrier partners has been very positive and they are looking forward to going to market with BlackBerry 10 smartphones in the first quarter of calendar 2013."

Following on from this announcement, Heins has now suggested the delays will be short-lived with the first, full touchscreen enabled, BlackBerry 10 handsets landing in retailers as early as January.

"What I commit to the public out there is that when we ship BlackBerry 10, we will do it at high quality," Heins has said. "In January with the full touch device and the QWERTY coming, I think we will reinstall faith in RIM."

Yet another blow for the flailing Canadian manufacturer, RIM’s original delays announcement came as the company revealed that in the three months leading to June 2nd it made total losses of $518 million (£331.9m) with revenues down 42 per cent.

With handset sales dropping from 11.1 million in Q1 to just 7.8 million in Q2, RIM has confirmed that in an attempt to quell the decline it is to shed a further 5,000 jobs.

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Via: TechRadar