Toronto: Research In Motion plans to give developers a prototype BlackBerry 10 device to help them design applications for future smartphones that will run on a modified version of the software running RIM`s poor-selling PlayBook tablet.
The Canadian company made clear that the device was not a commercial BlackBerry 10 device, the first of which are due to launch later this year, but would help create excitement among developers for its overhauled operating system.
"It`s not the final hardware or OS - it`s a device to help developers get started with designing for what`s coming," RIM`s social media manager Alex Kinsella said.
RIM has struggled to match the massive app libraries available on Apple (AAPL.O) products and Google`s Android (GOOG.O) platform, used by a range of handset makers including Samsung.
It is starting afresh with PlayBook and BlackBerry 10, which use a completely different operating system than RIM`s legacy BlackBerry smartphones.
The device, called the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, will be given to developers attending RIM`s annual BlackBerry World conference taking place in Orlando, Florida, in early May.