BlackBerry giving away 2,000 special BlackBerry 10 phones to developers in May
in order to create a buzz. Company spokeswoman Victoria Berry, said on Friday that the new BlackBerry 10 handsets will be launched in the latter part of 2012. This is a very important launch for the Canadian based company as RIM has not been able to be competitive with iOS and Android. RIM is hoping that giving the test devices out to the developers will result in a number of new applications that might be able to drive sales. A January survey from Appcelerator and IDC showed that 89% of the developers responding to the survey are "very interested" in developing for the Apple iPhone. That figure is 79% for Android models and drops sharply to 16% for BlackBerry models.
The new BlackBerry 10 handsets might also be able to take advantage of the 10,000 apps already available for use on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. That device uses the QNX OS that BlackBerry 10 is based on. Saunders says that his goal is to have every single PlayBook works on the BB10 flavored smartphones.
Giving away the test handsets in just a little over 4 weeks from now is a sign that RIM does have a timeline for the launch of its BB10 smartphones and that the new phones are on track to be released before the end of the year. Previously, a picture allegedly showing the UI of the new operating system was revealed. In addition, it is believed that RIM is currently working on just one model using BlackBerry 10.