London, May 2 (ANI): Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) Ltd has given developers prototypes for its upcoming line of smartphones.
The devices, dubbed Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha, also offer a sneak preview of RIM's new operating system.
According to The BBC, the prototype, unveiled during the firm's annual conference, bears more of a resemblance to smartphones from competitors than many of its previous handsets.
The device comes without a keyboard, a feature that had previously set RIM apart from its rivals.
RIM hopes it will inspire developers to create much-needed apps.
"The Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha is not a Blackberry 10 smartphone for end users nor does it run the final Blackberry 10 software - it's been created just for our developer partners to help them prepare for the launch of Blackberry 10," the Canada-based firm said in its official blog.
"It's important to get this prototype into the hands of our partners now so that you can help us deliver the type of high-quality content that will make Blackberry 10 so special," it added. (ANI)
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