Research in Motion has hit the headlines over the past few weeks with a couple of announcements that set the stage for 2013. Among them are that their new devices and operating system, dubbed BlackBerry 10, have passed U.S. government security clearance. This signals the first time that BlackBerry devices or operating systems have obtained Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 certifications ahead of their introduction to the markets. The Chicago Tribune reported that RIM announce the new Blackberry devices have passed and received a United Stated Government Security Clearance, which opens the future for both the U.S. and Canadian government to utilize the new smartphones once they are released. RIM set a launch date of January of 2013 at recent unveilings of their upcoming product-line.
The other area in which RIM has been catching press is their announcement that they have begun carrier testing their new devices and operating system with more than 50 wireless service providers. The Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario-based RIM released an official statement, noting that he’s happy to announce that RIM has overcome a milestone in their development and expansion of their new mobile computing platform. Heins exclaimed that this will be an ongoing process for RIM as more foreign government agencies look at the new devices and software.
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What exactly does “carrier testing” mean?
Carrier testing is a statement that RIM is ready to advance its BlackBerry 10 devices to the last stages of development, where cell phone carries will begin to evaluate and analyze the device to make sure that the product they will be selling will perform to the expectations of their buying customers, according to the CIO blog. With extensive testing performed by each of the carriers, there’ll be no surprises when the new RIM devices become available in major markets. This includes data transmission rates and data security features, but backed by their recent FIPS certification, neither of these should be an issue.
To put this in perspective, independent technology consultant Chris Umiastowski, who closely follows RIM’s moves, was recently quoted in an article on Bloomberg, stating that “Carrier testing typically takes 60 to 90 days, which means that RIM ‘should have no trouble making its first-quarter deadline.’” This estimation falls nicely in line with RIM’s late-January release timeline.
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In an official statement, Heins declared that he has spent the past few weeks traveling to different carriers around the world introducing the new BlackBerry 10 console. So far, all the responses have been extremely positive and are getting ready for the BlackBerry 10 to be released in their markets. Right now, the Blackberry 10 is at a critical point in its development for release.
Some of the key BlackBerry 10 features that will spark interest and excitement among consumers include a keyboard that learns different users’ writing styles and adapts accordingly, and BlackBerry Balance, which allows a smooth and seamless integration (or separation) between personal information and work related data.
Author Bio:- Phil Cohen is a graduate from San Diego State University, with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Public Relations. He is currently working with a computer firm in Houston, Texas. In his free time he enjoys freelance writing about technology products like the BlackBerry 10, as well as Scuba Diving, White Water Rafting, and taking Road Trips.