Research In Motion (RIM) has officially announced a BlackBerry 10 event for 30 January.
The company today sent out invitations to select media outlets, inviting them to Pier 36 in New York City on 30 January for the global unveiling of BlackBerry 10: "You can see it first". RIM didn't provide any details on the event, but its tagline is: "Re-designed. Re-engineered. Re-invented."
RIM announced last month that it would launch BlackBerry 10 on 30 January. The company is expected to unveil a full touchscreen device and another that could resemble its current Bold handset.
BlackBerry 10 has been plagued by delays that have only exacerbated the company's broader issues. RIM's market share has been on the decline, and even in the enterprise — once a space that it dominated — Android and iOS are making inroads. BlackBerry 10 is believed to be RIM's last, so the company best hope for a turnaround.
Since that last delay, RIM has been working hard to bring its operating system to the market on time. In October, the company announced that it had started carrier testing, a sure sign that progress was being made. Earlier on Monday, RIM also announced that its BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview program has kicked off, allowing government and enterprise customers the chance to beta test the operating system.
RIM is expected to show off a new BlackBerry 10 feature called "Notebooks" at the 30 January event. The developer documentation describes the feature as a "folder-like object that contains notebook entries". The operating system will also include improved major applications, including email, contacts and calendars.