RIM Shrouds Niagara as Smartphone War Shapes Up

The summer may bring some heated competition among smartphone vendors.
Research in Motion is said to be getting ready to release another BlackBerry called Niagara. That device is expected to go head-to-head with the Palm Pre and the new iPhone that some speculate will hit the market at the same time.

While some are speculating that Niagara is a new smartphone, others believe it may simply be a software upgrade.

Ramon Llamas, an IDC analyst, met with RIM executives this week and said they remain tight-lipped. "Everything we have seen and heard about Niagara has been purely all speculation," Llamas said RIM told him.

"Nobody seems to be getting it right," Llamas said of the speculation. "RIM was seriously pinched when other devices leaked out way ahead of time, like the Pro flip, and now they are keeping everything under tight wrap. I've learned enough that when RIM is good and ready (to release a product), they will let us know."

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