BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has hit back at claims that it has lied about the reasons behind the continued delay of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, after an anonymous source claimed that executives "don't have a working product yet."
In a statement emailed to BGR, an unnamed whistleblower claiming to work at RIM explained that the company is "simply pushing this [delay of BlackBerry 10] out as long as they can for one reason, they don't have a working product yet," and accused the company of lying to hide the reason for the continued delay.
The claims point to a lack of messaging functionality in the new operating system, based on the QNX real-time operating system and designed to bring the system developed for the PlayBook tablet to BlackBerry smartphones.
In the missive, the source claimed that the current state of the BlackBerry 10 operating system is represented by the closely aligned PlayBook OS: no support for the BlackBerry Messenger service and no push email support; two features which were key in making RIM's BlackBerry brand a household name.
RIM has, naturally, rubbished such claims. The Washington Post, reporting on an analysts' call with co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis, has it that the delay is caused by RIM wishing to fit its next-generation handsets with new Long-Term Evolution (LTE) radio chips which are not yet available in volume.
Calling the whistleblower's claims "inaccurate and uninformed," a RIM spokesperson told the Post: "RIM made a strategic decision to launch BlackBerry 10 devices with a new, LTE-based dual core chip set architecture. 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."