The company has struggled to keep up with its high-end rivals like Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Samsung Corp. in the U.S., but its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service is still popular in Africa and Asia.
BBM may be "kicking it" in developing countries, as RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said on the company's earnings call, but the long-term potential of the company is tied to its BlackBerry 10 operating system, due out in the coming months. Heins said earlier this week at RIM's developers' conference that the OS has a clear shot at becoming the third ecosystem in the competitive OS world. (See RIM Wants a Bronze for BlackBerry.)
In other mobile OS news:
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile