RIM's BlackBerry 10 platform wins coveted US security clearance
TORONTO (REUTERS) - Research In Motion (RIM) said on Thursday it has won a much-coveted US government security clearance for its yet-to-be launched platform for BlackBerry 10 devices that are expected to hit store shelves in the first quarter of 2013.
The company said its BlackBerry 10 platform has received the FIPS 140-2 certification, which would allow government agencies to deploy the devices, along with the new enterprise management platform to run the devices, as soon as the new smartphones are launched.
RIM, a one-time pioneer in the smartphone industry, has seen its fortunes fade in recent years as nimbler rivals such as Apple and Samsung have taken the game away from RIM with faster and snazzier devices.
RIM's fate now depends almost entirely on the long-awaited line of so-called BB 10 devices.