Thorsten Heins

Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins sent out a status update to the press today advising that his company’s BlackBerry 10 platform is still on schedule for a first quarter 2013 launch. Heins also said that more than 50 carriers are already testing the new operating system. He had suggested earlier this year that BlackBerry 10 carrier testing would begin in October, so it sounds like things are moving along on schedule.

“I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10,” Heins said in a letter obtained by CNET. “In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers — a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013. We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered. This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.

Heins said he has been on the road meeting with RIM’s carrier partners and that the response so far has been “tremendous.”

“The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch. Our developer teams are continuing to generate momentum to bring a wealth of applications to BlackBerry 10, our enterprise teams have started to present BlackBerry 10 devices and services to our business customers, and our engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013.”

[via CNET]