The recent news about RIM delaying the launch of BlackBerry 10 came as a disappointment to many fans, but BlackBerryOS.com have got their hands on what appears to be the roadmap for 2013, through anonymous sources. The roadmap, among other things, details RIM's plans for the year 2013.
Google and Apple beware..
Some of the important dates mentioned in the roadmap are:
- 4G PlayBook - Q4, 2012
- BlackBerry 10 London/Nevada - Q1, 2013 - Europe launch before N. America
- BlackBerry 10 Upgrade for PlayBook - Q1/Q2, 2013
- BlackBerry device codenamed "Nashville" - Q2/Q3, 2013
- BlackBerry 10 inch PlayBook "Blackforest" - Q3, 2013
- BlackBerry device codenamed "Naples" - Q3/Q4, 2013
BlackBerryOS.com also reported that RIM would be launching BlackBerry 10 in Europe three to four weeks before they launch it in North America, though both launches are still scheduled to happen in the first quarter. Apparently, this is because the European markets "have been better receptive to Blackberry than the doom-and-gloom of the American markets".
One of the more interesting things noted in the roadmap, include plans to release the 4G LTE PlayBook by the year’s end. The roadmap also mentions “Nashville” and “Naples”, which BlackBerryOS has reported to be discovered hidden in the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. Nashville seems to be slated for Q3 and Naples for Q4. There have been speculations that these devices may be variations of the QWERTY N-Series, as they both have names that start with the letter 'N'.
Speculation has been rife about a 10-inch PlayBook, eversince the launch of the seven-inch PlayBook. Rumours have been doing the rounds for as long as a year about RIM stopping plans to make a 10-inch PlayBook until they push out BlackBerry 10. The device codenamed “Blackforest” has long been rumoured to be a 10-inch BlackBerry tablet. The roadmap shows that this device is slated for Q3 of 2013.
More information about BlackBerry 10 will probably be available at the main BlackBerry Jam, this September in San Jose.
After all the trouble it has gone through after the launch of the iPhone, RIM looked like it would never recover. It has been suffering major losses owing to strict competition from the slew of Android and iOS devices. In what seems like an extremely short span of time, the once-renowned mobile manufacturer has found itself in dire straits. Ex-CEO Jim Balsillie was touted to have solutions to the issues the ailing company was facing, but in what seemed like a tad impetuous move, he was replaced with current CEO Thorsten Heins. Things haven’t seemed to have gotten better under his supervision. Talks of a Microsoft partnership even made the news, but were not verified and the same went for Google and their Android OS also offering support. However, RIM’s current CEO released a statement that indicated that in spite of their current situation, the company was determined to take care of themselves and wished to stick with their own BlackBerry OS rather than opt for third party choices.
This roadmap, if deemed genuine, seems to show them finally getting back up. 2013 may see the return of RIM as a company Google and Apple should be cautious of.