Heins thanks RIM founder Mike Lazaridis and long-time executive Jim Balsillie, who were co-CEOs until Heins took over the helm a year ago. Lazaridis is in the audience in New York and stands up.
Heins, who became RIM’s CEO last January, says ‘‘It has been easily the most challenging year of my career to date.’’ He thanks employees and proclaims, ‘‘BlackBerry 10 is here.’’ But he says the launch is just the beginning.
Heins appears on stage.
Saunders touts the amount of work done by RIM’s outside developers. He says BlackBerry 10 is launching with the largest-ever catalog of apps for a new phone operating system.
The event in New York begins with a look at BlackBerry 10 events elsewhere through videoconferencing. Customer testimonials follow.
Several hundred people await the start of the event, which is being held in a large warehouse-like entertainment venue on the shore of New York’s East River.
Gillies contributed from Toronto.