RIM's BlackBerry 10 platform wins U.S. security clearance

  • Research In Motion (RIM) announced on Thursday it has won U.S. government security clearance for its yet-to-be launched platform for BlackBerry 10 devices.

    The smartphones are expected to hit 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 use the devices.

    In recent years, RIM has been hit hard by rivals such as Apple and Samsung Electronics.

    RIM's future now depends almost entirely on the long-awaited line of so-called BB 10 devices.