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Crucial, long-overdue BlackBerry makeover arrives

Posted at: 01/29/2013 6:43 AM
By: Associated Press

RIM is hoping its crucial, long-overdue makeover of the Blackberry device bears fruit for the Canadian company.
    
The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is promising a speedier device, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone.
    
Thorsten Heins, chief executive of Research In Motion Ltd., will show off the first phone with the new BlackBerry 10 system in New York tomorrow. A marketing campaign that includes a Super Bowl ad will accompany the long-anticipated debut. Repeated delays have left the once-pioneering BlackBerry an afterthought in the shadow of Apple's trend-setting iPhone and Google's Android-driven devices.
    
Now, there's some optimism. Previews of the software have gotten favorable reviews on blogs. Financial analysts are starting to see some slight room for a comeback. RIM's stock has nearly tripled to $16.18 from a nine-year low in September, though it's still nearly 90 percent below its 2008 peak of $147.
    
Most analysts consider a BlackBerry 10 success to be crucial for the company's long-term viability.