To accompany these prototypes and harness what the company sees as a large public interest, RIM released an initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development available in Beta, free for download from the companys website.

At this point, RIM remains optimistic that private developers will build a library of high-quality content and apps large enough and compelling enough to compete with the iPhone and Android market. With an expected release later this year, this is placing a lot of trust in the open market.

Even with the pressure the puts on the company, however, RIM remains hopeful and encouraged by early interest.

"The level of enthusiasm among developers for BlackBerry 10 is amazing," said Martyn Mallick, vice president, Global Alliances and Business Development at RIM. "The platform has been built to give developers the ability to create amazing content and a great user experience. The support and excitement we already see from developers is both rewarding and encouraging."

If this all works out as the company expects, it will mark the end of a period of sharp decline for the company that culminated in a disastrous fourth-quarter under the guidance of new CEO, Thorsten Heins.

On March 3, the company posted a net loss of $125 million for the fourth quarter, compared to a profit of $418 million the year before. This dragged down the fiscal 2012 profit to $1.16 billion from $3.4 billion in 2012.

According to a new report put out by the International Data Corporation (IDC), RIMs total smartphone shipments in 1Q 2012 totaled just 11.9 million, 50.8% less than last year. Its sales didnt make the top-five list for total mobile shipments for the same period.

Regardless of how this plays out, with RIM and Nokia (IW 1000/61) both going all-in on new devices, this will surely be an interesting year in the mobile industry.