The BB10 operating system based devices will not be launched until March 2013. The latest new was reported by Forbes. Reports claim that the BB10 devices announcement will be delayed until March 2013. It was stated for January launch. It would mean that there will be no sales of BB10 based devices by February quarter of 2013 as it was reported earlier.
Forbes reports claim the possible cause of delay to be the downgrading of replenishment rates. The decrease in replenishment rates has led to more caution from channel partners on holding the RIM inventory. The uncertainty in the business for RIM has led to speculations that associated parties are dropping the plans of acquiring license from RIM until the launch of BB10. There are no reports as of now regarding plans for a possible acquisition of RIM in the near future.
An analyst also reported that there are growing possibilities for a third ecosystem other than iOS and Android which are currently dominating the operating system segment. But the extent of BB10 filling the gap will depend on how RIM manages to convince leading smartphone and tablet manufacturers such as Samsung, ZTE and Huawei for licensing.
There are also manufacturers such as Baidu and Huawei being engaged in the development of their own unique operating systems. But the real challenge for BB10 comes from Windows 8 operating system by Microsoft slated for an October 26th launch.
Some of the key attractions of the new Blackberry 10 operating system devices include the presence of touch screen functionality which eventually replaces the QWERTY keyboard which the company’s products were best known for. Other notable improvement is that apps will be displayed in the grid format.