The first BlackBerry device running Research In Motion Ltd.’s new operating software will have no physical keyboard, just a touch screen. The BlackBerry 10 software eventually will be offered on devices with physical keyboards, but RIM spokeswomen Rebecca Freiburger declined to say when.
RIM is expected to start selling BlackBerry 10 touch-screen devices this year. Many top-selling smartphones, including Apple Inc.’s iPhone and several running Google’s Android software, also lack physical keyboards. But RIM’s attempts in the past to offer touch-only phones have largely flopped.