Back in June, RIM made the unpopular announcement that the company’s BlackBerry 10 OS would miss the holiday season, instead launching in early 2013. Amid growing economic uncertainty at RIM, many were doubtful of even an early 2013 release, but CEO Thorsten Heins took the stage at BlackBerry Jam today, where he confirmed that BlackBerry 10 development was on schedule for early 2013 as planned. Further, Heins announced that carrier testing on BlackBerry 10 devices would begin in earnest in October, with several carriers slated to offer BlackBerry 10 devices at launch.
Still, will BlackBerry 10 be enough to give RIM what it needs to be competitive in an ever-crowded mobile market? Guess we’ll find out next year.