Today, Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion has officially unveiled plans to hold a BlackBerry 10 event on January 30, 2013.
On that day, the company will officially launch the new BlackBerry 10
mobile platform in a series of countries around the world, complemented by info on two smartphones running under the operating system.
On that day, the company will also make all the necessary details on the pricing and availability of the two devices official.
The upcoming mobile OS has recently received FIPS 140-2 certification, which means that it will be available for government agencies, should they want to deploy BlackBerry 10
smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.
According to RIM, this is the first time that BlackBerry products receive the certification before their official launch.
The handset vendor also reiterated its commitment to make the smartphones available in a wide range of countries around the world, and said that it was working with more than 50 carriers
to test the devices so as to have them ready for their networks.
"In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs," Thorsten Heins, president and CEO of Research In Motion, said.
"Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. All of this will be integrated into a user experience - the BlackBerry Flow - that is unlike any smartphone
on the market today.
"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. We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world."
RIM also notes that BlackBerry 10 will enjoy a large catalog of applications when released, including games, apps for productivity, social networking, lifestyle and leisure, and others more.
The platform will also arrive with features such as BlackBerry Flow and BlackBerry Hub, as well as with a new BlackBerry Keyboard, and with BlackBerry Balance, so that users can keep their private and business lives separate on the same handset.