Research In Motion’s official BlackBerry 10 launch event will take place on 30th January 2013, the Canadian smartphone manufacturer today confirmed. At this event, which will “happen simultaneously in multiple countries around the world”, its new platform will be officially launched, and the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones will be unveiled, along with details on their specifications and international availability.
“In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs,” said Thorsten Heins, president and CEO of RIM. “Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. All of this will be integrated into a user experience – the BlackBerry Flow – that is unlike any smartphone on the market today.”
“Thanks to our strong partnerships with global carriers and a growing ecosystem of developers, we believe our customers will have the best experience possible with BlackBerry 10. We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world.”
While few third-party apps have been confirmed besides Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Poynt, and some similar services, RIM reassure customers that the platform will “offer a large catalogue of the leading applications from around the globe and across all categories”. The BlackBerry PlayBook has a growing catalogue of third-party applications which should be easily ported, given the similarities between PlayBook OS and BlackBerry 10 – in fact, a free upgrade to BlackBerry 10 will be available for PlayBook owners next year.
Additionally, the BlackBerry 10 platform recently achieved FIPS 140-2 certification, which is necessary for devices deployed in government agencies. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, a key tool for enterprise users, can also be deployed in these contexts. This is, notably, the first time a BlackBerry product has been certified ahead of its launch; the PlayBook became the world’s only tablet to achieve this certification in July 2011, after its April 2011 launch.