I was going through my notes from BlackBerry World and I came across something interesting that Thorsten Heins mentioned during the press briefing. BlackBerry World has obviously been heavily focused on BlackBerry 10 but one person at the session asked him what about BlackBerry 7 and older devices and where there place was in all of this. Thorsten first of all answered that RIM is committed to future support of BlackBerry 7 and future devices especially for entry level devices in international areas. He reiterated that a great majority, 80%+, of the worlds cell phone users do not yet have smartphones.
Thorsten also commented that RIM has dedicated a team of hundreds of employees in Raleigh, North Carolina to improving and supporting BlackBerry 7. To RIM the BlackBerry 7 OS has reached maturity especially as a smartphone OS. For RIM, BlackBerry 10 and on the PlayBook and soon smartphones allows them to enter the mobile computing space (think cars, entertainment devices, embedded devices, etc…)