NEW YORK — The maker of the BlackBerry is running out of time.
Research In Motion Ltd.’s stock fell to a nine-year low Friday, a day after the Canadian company said phones running its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system won’t be available until after the holiday shopping season.
Sales of the once-pioneering BlackBerry phones, which now look ancient next to the latest iPhones and Android devices, fell 41 percent in the latest quarter and likely won’t pick up again until new phones come out.
By then, it might be too late. When the new BlackBerrys go on sale in the first three months of 2013 people will have even more choices:
•This fall, Apple Inc. is expected to release a new iPhone with an improved Siri virtual assistant. It promises a new mapping service that sports voice navigation.
•Samsung and other phone makers are continually selling new models that run Google’s Android operating software. The next version of Android, expected in mid-July, will have improved search and photo sharing.
•Phones running a revamped version of Microsoft’s Windows system are also coming this fall.
BlackBerrys lost their cachet when iPhones came along and demonstrated that smartphones could be good for more than email. People could now watch movies, play games, read books and update their Facebook statuses easily. Outside software programmers started spewing out apps to extend the devices’ functionality and popularity.
RIM disclosed the BlackBerry 10 delay after the market closed Thursday as part of its quarterly earnings report. RIM’s stock fell $1.74, or 19 percent, to close Friday at $7.39. That’s the lowest price since September 2003. RIM did not return messages for comment Friday.