RIM sets launch date for new BlackBerry

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IOL pic nov13 blackberry heins Associated Press Thorsten Heins, the president and CEO of Research In Motion, delivers the keynote speech during the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year. The long-delayed BlackBerry10 will be launched in January 2013.

San Francisco - Research in Motion is set to release its make-or-break Blackberry 10 on January 30, together with two phones running the new operating system, the company said on Monday.

The repeatedly delayed BlackBerry 10 is seen as the company's last hope of regaining market share from Apple's iPhone and manufacturers whose phones run Google's Android operating system.

According to market research firm IDC, Research in Motion had only a 4.3-percent share of the smartphone market in the third quarter, compared to a 9.5-percent share a year earlier.

“Thanks to our strong partnerships with global carriers and a growing ecosystem of developers, we believe our customers will have the best experience possible with BlackBerry 10,” said Thorsten Heins, president and chief executive of Research In Motion.

“We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world.”- Sapa-dpa

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