Research In Motion has said they will start previewing the upcoming new BlackBerry, so far named BlackBerry 10, at a conference to be held in May. The first ones to be getting prototypes as a courtesy of RIM will be web developers, the company said.
The launch of BlackBerry 10 is expected for late 2012. The new smartphone will be crucial for RIM to change its pattern of declining popularity and gather general interest in BlackBerrys again. They want to compete with Apple's iPhone and Android OS devices.
The prototype, so far named BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, will be something between far and close to the final version of the phone, and will all depend on the reception of web developers. All in all, RIM said the developer prototype will be "a device to help them [developers] get started with designing for what’s coming."
Source:Wall Street Journal