The last time we talked about BlackBerry 10′s release, it was referencing a research document from an analyst, who speculated that Research in Motion wouldn’t be able to meet its January launch date for BB10, and that March 2013 was more likely.
This was bad news, but if RIM’s latest statement is anything to go by, it may not have been entirely accurate. A note published by BGR, from RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, contains some very positive news – that BlackBerry 10 has been sent to more than 50 networks around the world, ready to be tested for compatibility.
Although the process has only just begun, it’s one of the final stages in the process of bringing BB10 to market, with Heins calling it “a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013″.
That places it between January and March, which is still just about within the analyst’s predictions, but that should perhaps now be looked at as the worst case scenario.
Heins last spoke about the network testing period during the BlackBerry 10 Jam Americas conference, when he said it was normal for this to take between six and 20 weeks to complete. A full 20 week test would result in the work being completed during mid-March 2013.
The note also promises that RIM’s engineers are hard at work to ensure the software “launches flawlessly” next year, plus earlier last month, RIM started to accept application submissions for BB10 too.
Perhaps everything really is running smoothly at RIM, despite the massive amount of pressure they must be feeling to deliver a great product on time.