Thorsten Heins, CEO of Canadian manufacturer RIM, has gone on record saying that he believes the first handset running the upcoming BB10 software will be released in January.
Heins spoke to business website CIO following the announcement that his company would be delaying the release of its new mobile OS, initially slated for autumn.
The CEO says that RIM wants to make sure it is completely ready for the introduction of BB10. Heins commented: “What I commit to the public out there is that when we ship BlackBerry 10, we will do it at high quality.
“In January with the full touch device and the QWERTY coming, I think we will reinstall faith in RIM”.
Heins’ claims come following suggestions that investors could have a credible case to sue his firm over remarks the CEO made about RIM’s prospects. The New York Times has spoken to several investment experts and concludes that the Canadian company could become the subject of lawsuits from shareholders.
The report quoted Jean-Louis Gasee, a venture capitalist and former Apple employee, as saying that the ailing smartphone maker “is going to get sued and they should get sued because I think a closer look at the record is likely to unearth knowing and wilful misrepresentation”.
Elsewhere, Bloomberg reports that several corporate clients, for many years the mainstay of RIM’s customer base, have been making plans to abandon the use of BlackBerry products as their standard choice of corporate communication tool. Robert Cockerill, head of infrastructure at London-based firm Thames River Capital UK is quoted as saying that he expects “much of his staff” to switch to iOS or Android.
Meanwhile, Auguste Goldman, who is in charge of infrastructure at web-hosting company GoDaddy says that his firm has developed a plan that could switch his colleagues to a different mobile platform within hours should RIM experience a loss of service such as that which affected the company for four days in October 2011.