BlackBerry 10 almost ready for licensing

BlackBerry 10 almost ready for licensing

Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that it will soon be ready to license the firm's new BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Thorsten Heins, president and chief executive officer of RIM, said that the new platform is in its final stages of testing and the company is considering how other organisations may be able to use it in a range of products.

Mr Heins, who has begun to carry a BB10 phone for his own use, said in an interview with Bloomberg: "The platform can be licensed."

The new OS is expected to come with an improved browser and the ability to jump between applications while they continue running in the background.

Global BlackBerry sales tumbled 43 per cent in the last quarter as RIM's ageing line up of devices failed to match the consumer appeal of Android phones and Apple's iPhone.

"We're here to win. We're not here to fight for third or fourth place," Mr Heins explained.