As Canada's RIM gears up for the January 30th release of its first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones, TheNextWeb reports
that the company is seeding BB10 services and devices to more than 120 enterprise and government customers as part of a technical review program.
According to the report, 64 Fortune 500 companies have been invited to begin beta testing the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and pre-production BB10 smartphones.
"Getting devices early into the hands of its best and largest enterprise customers confirms the confidence RIM has in its new BlackBerry 10 platform and is an important step leading-up to its launch," said Kevin Burden, Director of Mobility at Strategy Analytics, in a brief on Marketwire. "Beyond reinforcing its commitment to those loyal to the BlackBerry platform's future, the program stands to deliver valuable real-world feedback from multiple industries before RIM takes the platform live."
The latest features for BlackBerry 10 include BlackBerry Flow and BlackBerry Hub, which simplify and centralize user experience. Messages, notifications, feeds, and calendar events are all directed to the Hub, which is always accessible with a simple gesture. BB10 will also include Balance, which serves to divide personal apps and information from encrypted and secure work data.
News of RIM's technical review program comes a week after the company released its "Gold" developer toolkit
, a matter of particular importance as BB10 will make its debut next month with similar initial app limitations faced by Windows Phone 8 upon release.