Research in Motion denies lying about BB 10


In this photo illustration, a Research In Motion BlackBerry device is shown on Oct. 12, 2011 in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
December 22, 2011

Research in Motion has denied an accusation leveled at the company in Boy Genius Report, which said that the company was lying about the reason behind the delay of BlackBerry 10.

The report, citing a “trusted” source within the company, said that RIM is delaying the launch of its next operating system because “they don’t have a working product yet.”

In the company’s last earnings call, co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said that the phones, which had been expected to launch early in 2012, have been delayed because the company is waiting on new LTE chipsets. The report, published late Wednesday, directly refuted that claim.

The report said that basic features, such as e-mail and BlackBerry Messenger, were not built into the new platform yet.

In an e-mailed statement, the company’s public relations team reaffirmed its previous reason for the delay and called the report “inaccurate and uninformed.”

“RIM made a strategic decision to launch BlackBerry 10 devices with a new, LTE-based dual core chip set architecture,” the company said in the statement. “Any suggestion to the contrary is simply false. We appreciate the interest in our future platform and we will continue to work hard to deliver that platform as soon as possible.”

Research in Motion has been under heavy scrutiny since it announced the delay and cut its outlook for the holiday season.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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