Research In Motion’s BlackBerry remains a good business smartphone, but nonetheless outdated. According to the company, the next BlackBerry generation is in the works. Hopefully the new BlackBerry smartphones will have those top-notch features smartphone users are so into lately.
Early 2013, Research In Motion (RIM) will release the next generation of BlackBerry smartphones. For the moment, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has to convince the biggest wireless carriers in the United States that the company’s next BlackBerry generation, currently in the works, will sell.
“We’re near the finishing line. The carriers want us to keep that installed base” to keep BlackBerry a separate entity from the likes of Apple and Google said Heins in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
According to RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, the company is currently working on six next generation BlackBerry. “BlackBerry 10 is for real, the hardware is there and the software is there” said Heins in an interview with Financial Times. Heins will take two of those upcoming BB10 devices and show them off to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.
RIM says the BlackBerry 10 devices will feature three touch only smartphones and three with QWERTY keyboards and touchscreens. The company’s CEO announced all the new BlackBerry devices will have user-replaceable batteries.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Thorsten Heins revealed he is already using a next generation BlackBerry device built on QNX. “QNX is already licensed across the automotive sector – we could to that with BB10 if we chose to. The platform can be licensed” the RIM CEO revealed.
Heins seems confident the next line of BlackBerry devices will be enough to get the edge. Perhaps a bit too confident in the future of his company, Heins told Bloomberg RIM is “here to win”. “We’re not here to fight for third or fourth place” said the CEO.
But if the next generation of BlackBerry fails too, Research In Motion will likely end up just like Nokia. The company has already been challenged by Apple and Android based devices and if BlackBerry 10 fail to raise users’ interest, the losses are going to be massive.