Research in Motion (RIM) is reportedly developing a new BlackBerry device which will be delivered to developers in May.
Bloomberg cited company executives in reporting that RIM would be unveiling the new handset and offering developer copies at next month's BlackBerry Developer Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The conference, set to take place from 1-3 May, will aim to bring together BlackBerry developers from around the globe and equip them with the latest versions of the handset for testing and development purposes.
The report made no mention of a possible public release date.
News of the new handset comes as RIM is struggling to regain its spot within both the developer community and the smartphone market as a whole. As the rival iOS and Android platforms have stormed onto the market, RIM has seen its share plummet, specifically amongst the growing consumer smartphone space.
The company's fortunes have turned so badly that RIM was recently surpassed in sales by Apple in its home country of Canada.
With that shift amongst consumers has come a developer migration. While Google's Android Market and Apple's iOS App Store have served up application downloads to the tune of 10 billion and 25 billion respectively, the BlackBerry App World service has failed to generate similar buzz amongst consumers.
With interest in rival platforms so high, even RIM has been forced to join the party and seek out developers for iOS applications.
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