BlackBerry 10 devices set for Jan 30 launch- Business News

BlackBerry 10 devices set for Jan 30 launch

 Associated Press   Toronto     Last Updated: November 12, 2012  | 21:00 IST

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motiion says it will hold a launch event for its much-delayed new BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30.

The Canadian company said on Monday details on the smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event. RIM will unveil both a touchscreen and keyboard version.

The new software is seen as critical to RIM's survival. The release will come as the company struggles in North America to hold onto customers who are abandoning BlackBerrys for flashier iPhones and Android phones.

RIM's hopes hang on BlackBerry 10. It's thoroughly redesigned for the touchscreen, Internet browsing and apps experience that customers now expect. A full touchscreen device is expected to be released first followed shortly after by a physical keyboard version.

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