Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled a touch-screen handset for developers to test its new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins revealed the flagship device during his keynote speech at the BlackBerry World conference in Florida yesterday. It has already opened up its BlackBerry 10 operating system to app developers. The test device, the Dev Alpha, has a 4.2-inch screen with a 1280x768-pixel resolution, 16GB internal storage and 1GB RAM. However, it lacks the keyboard that helped drive BlackBerry's success during the past decade.
Among the features demonstrated at the conference was improved multitasking for apps, where one program can be swiped to one side, allowing a user to access others. The touch-screen keyboard enables users to swipe backwards to delete typing.
During his keynote speech, Heins alluded to the recent upheaval at RIM, which included his appointment as CEO, poor results and the departure of the company's founders. He said: 'It has been three months since I became the CEO of Research in Motion, and a lot has been said and written about BlackBerry in that time.'
The first BlackBerry 10 devices are expected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year. Heins said: 'We’re taking our time to make sure we get this right, we actually had a very tough decision to make [over] what would be the platform for BlackBerry 10. We took the hard choice to deliver our own platform.'
Editor: Graeme Neill