During its earnings conference calls, RIM said that its upcoming Blackberry 10 phones won’t be available before the “first quarter of 2013”. Even though most people who followed the call were expecting relatively bad news, few were prepared for this particular launch time frame – “it’s nuts” comes to mind. What’s more scary is that this language is typically used to say “March 31 2013”, although this may not be the case here.
While Blackberry 10 does show some promises, but the idea that devices will launch in 6 to 9 months makes it hard to be optimistic about RIM’s prospects. By then, the competition will continue to advance while RIM will be preparing to launch its latest platform with meaningful apps and all.
To be fair, it’s not easy for RIM. Because it could no longer rely on the older Blackberry OS to build upon the legacy stuff. This is also the result of having built a platform around “security” and not performance. All the stuff that made Blackberry OS great eventually came back to bite it in the behind.
Today, Android and iOS have solid foundation that they build upon. RIM and Microsoft had to “Reset” their mobile OS, and therefore lost some time along the way. Let’s see what happens – Blackberry users: are you very disappointed? Did you expect this?