Update: RIM insider says CEOs lied about BlackBerry 10 delay

News 15:50, Dec 22 2011

A new report suggests RIM's CEOs weren't completely truthful about the BlackBerry 10 delay and that the mobile OS is inferior to both iOS 1.0 and Android 2.0

RIM co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and James Balsillie lied about the cause of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone delay, an insider at the Canadian firm has alleged, according to a new report by tech news site BGR.

”RIM is simply pushing this out as long as they can for one reason, they don’t have a working product yet” the high-level source told BGR, suggesting that Lazarisis’ hint that RIM was waiting on a new 4G LTE chipset was simply not true.

BlackBerry 10, the OS previously expected to be called BBX, is supposedly little different than the QNX-based PlayBook 2.0 tablet OS. It is expected to be RIM's next-generation mobile OS offering.

What's more, the source also claims that both Android 2.0 and iOS 1.0 are far batter than BlackBerry 10. E-mail and BBM also both have yet to be integrated fully with the OS. It is incomplete in it current state.

RIM’s finanical performance has struggled over the past few quarters, with disappointing results earlier this month and claims that the company has been the topic of takeover discussions by Microsoft, Nokia and Amazon. A report like this is the last thing the company needs.

BlackBerry 10 smartphones are expect to debut in the latter half of 2012.

Update: RIM has responded to the insider report posted today on BGR. See the statement below.

"RIM made a strategic decision to launch BlackBerry 10 devices with a new, LTE-based dual core chip set architecture. As explained on our earnings call, the broad engineering impact of this decision and certain other factors significantly influenced the anticipated timing for the BlackBerry 10 devices. The anonymous claim suggesting otherwise is inaccurate and uninformed. As RIM has previously explained, and as Mike Lazaridis reiterated on the earnings call, we will not launch BlackBerry 10 devices until we know they are ready and we believe this new chip set architecture is required to deliver the world class user experience that our customers will expect. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply false. We appreciate the interest in our future platform and we will continue to work hard to deliver that platform as soon as possible. At the same time, we also remain very excited with the success of our recently launched BlackBerry 7 smartphones and we believe these products offer a very compelling choice for both new customers and the almost 75 million BlackBerry users around the world."




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