BB10 devices being tested by 50 network operators

BB10 devices being tested by 50 network operators

Research In Motion (RIM) is pushing ahead with the launch of its new operating system and BlackBerry 10 devices.

The company has revealed that more than 50 network operators are testing its devices.

RIM chief executive Thorsten Heins said the fact that operators are working with the new devices is a significant milestone in the development process of the firm's "brand new mobile computing platform".

"We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered," he added.

RIM initially claimed that its new software and devices would be available at the beginning of 2012, but after two announcements of delays, Mr Heins is confident of hitting the target of the first quarter of 2013.

He revealed that response to the BlackBerry 10 devices has been "tremendous," and that testing is set to continue over the course of the next few months, as even more carriers evaluate the platform.

The release of new BlackBerry smartphones with an upgraded OS is expected to bring the company into closer competition with Apple and Google after a poor run in recent years, where it has lost ground.

The software will allow customers to access e-mail with one swipe from any app, and it will automatically shift between personal and corporate modes that allow users to securely switch between them, a great feature for business users who utilise the phone for both personal and enterprise purposes.

BlackBerry 10 will run Android apps, but RIM is hoping that more companies will want to develop software that takes advantage of BlackBerry 10's particular specifications.

The news that RIM is testing its devices with operators saw its share prices increase by nine per cent, but it has not all been good news for BlackBerry this week, as the devices lost their status as the go to smartphone for workers at the Pentagon.

They have long been the dominant device in the security organisation, but now the doors have been opened to Apple and Android devices.