Is This the Final Nail in RIMM's Coffin?

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As a company, Canadian smartphone player Research In Motion is bloody and bruised. It limped into 2012 with its share price in the tank and its financials not faring much better. With competition coming from all angles, the stakes have never been higher for the company. Apple and Google already dominate much of the U.S. smartphone market, with Microsoft (NAS: MSFT) and Nokia (NYS: NOK) also launching their best efforts to date recently as well. BlackBerry needs to right the ship, and quickly. However, recently appointed CEO Thorsten Heins assured panicked investors that help is just around the corner in the form of its next-gen operating system. RIMM gave developers and investors their first real glimpses at the new prototypes of this supposed "game changer" recently, largely to a disappointed or indifferent audience. Given all that's gone wrong with this fallen giant, does this spell the end for RIMM?

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