TORONTO — Research In Motion's new chief executive Tuesday unveiled a prototype BlackBerry smartphone powered by a new operating system, the very software that the company has pinned its future on.
Thorsten Heins, who took the CEO job in January, revealed features of the BlackBerry 10 operating system running on a prototype device at the company's BlackBerry World conference in Orlando. He provided no update on the software's launch date.
Heins, who is trying to rally developers to make applications for the new operating system, promised that each developer at the conference will go home with the prototype BlackBerry.
Device not finished
In a speech that was broadcast on the company's BlackBerry World website, Heins stressed that the device is not the finished product.
“We're taking our time to make sure we get this right,” Heins said.
The once iconic company has had difficulty competing with flashier, consumer-oriented phones such as Apple's iPhone and models that run Google's Android software.