Saying that RIM has fallen behind her competitors in terms of cool gadgets is a bit of an understatement. The last "cool" BlackBerry to launch was the Storm 2...and nothing about it was that exciting. It's been a while since any RIM product has had very much hype behind it. Especially not compared to the attention that new Android phones and the iPhone 4G have been getting.
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If this rumor from The Street is correct, that might be about to change. RIM apparently has two new BlackBerries due for launch this Spring. One of them will be a touchscreen device with a web/touch-friendly OS. Staffers at RIM were reportedly very pleased with the new phone's UI. We don't have a name for this touchscreen Berry, but it is expected to resemble the BlackBerry Bold in terms of layout.
The second Spring release will be a 3G BlackBerry Pearl. This Pearl will replace its scroll ball with an optical tracker. One early user described it as being speedy and easy to operate.
Will these two new devices be enough to halt RIM's slow market share decline? We won't know until the Spring, but that touchscreen Berry had better bring more to the table than just a fancy display.