Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins is convinced the company’s BlackBerry phone is poised to regain its stature as a trailblazing device even as many investors fret about its potential demise.
Heins took the stage Tuesday at a conference for mobile applications developers to rally support for the upcoming release of BlackBerry 10.
The gathering in San Jose, Calif., served as the equivalent of a revival meeting for RIM. The Canadian company has been laying off thousands of workers to offset growing losses after being outmaneuvered by iPhone maker Apple Inc. and other phone makers relying on Google Inc.’s Android software.
Heins and other top RIM executives used the conference to provide a glimpse at some of BlackBerry 10’s new features. The redesigned software won’t hit the market until a still-unscheduled date next year.