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RIM to Give Developers Prototypes for New BlackBerry in May

Research In Motion Ltd. plans to give software developers prototypes for its new BlackBerry smartphone platform in early May, signaling RIM is a step closer to debuting a handset it’s betting on to lift sales.

As many as 2,000 of the BlackBerry 10 test models will be given out to developers at RIM’s BlackBerry Jam conference in Orlando, Florida and they are designed primarily to allow developers to build applications using the underlying operating system, Alec Saunders, RIM’s vice-president developer relations, said in a telephone interview today.