New York
– Research in Motion (NASD: RIMM) is working on a new touch-screen BlackBerry smartphone,
which features a slide-out keyboard and runs a new version of the BlackBerry
operating system, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

The company
is also reportedly testing a "tablet device," still in early
development, that would connect to the Internet by tethering to a BlackBerry.

Sources told The Journal that the RIM tablet could be released by the end of
the year.

RIM is also working on a new, faster version of its mobile Web
browser that will enable access to more than one Web page at a time.

The Journal
notes that the company’s share of the smartphone market fell to 38% in its
first quarter, down from 54% a year ago.


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