Blackberry 10 Launch Pushed Back to 2013

After hitting the right notes, Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry smartphones, seems to be backing out.

It’s been reported that the Canadian company will postpone the release of its next-generation operating system for smartphones and tablets, Blackberry 10. Now it will be launched only by 2013.

After a dismal quarterly results, the company will also lay off 5,000 workers.

It’s been a tough year for the company, with the June quarter revenues decreasing by 33 percent from the previous quarter, and 43 percent from the same period last year. Though the revenues stood at $2.8 billion, it had an adjust net loss of $192 million.

The decision to slash the prices of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to $199, from the original $499 is also not helping the company. The slate possesses one of the fastest mobile web browsers and support for some Android apps as well as native apps specially designed for the PlayBook OS.

RIM CEO Thorstein Heins said that his team needs more time to work on the new BB software. He confirmed that the company will not compromise the product by delivering it before it is ready. It was originally scheduled to be  launched before the end of 2012.

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