RIM announces BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C with QWERTY keyboard

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Nov 292012
 

Research In MotionResearch In Motion today announced that it will offer a third BlackBerry 10 developer smartphone model. Unlike the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A and Alpha B, the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C will come with a physical QWERTY keyboard.

As you know, there are BlackBerry 10 smartphones coming in Q1 2013 – an all-touch model similar to the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, and a BlackBerry 10 smartphone with our industry-defining BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard.

Today we announced the next phase of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha program – the BlackBerry Dev Alpha C. It is a testing device for developers so that you can adjust, debug, and test your BlackBerry 10 applications to get ready for the launch of the BlackBerry 10 QWERTY device next year.

Only a limited number of BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C devices will be produced. Developers wishing to get their hands on one will need to apply for it with RIM prioritizing access based on a point system:

  • Two or more applications submitted
  • 50 points for ported Android™ applications
  • 250 points for all other applications (Native, BlackBerry® WebWorks™, Adobe® AIR®)
  • 1500 points for Built For BlackBerry certified application
  • BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha A/B recipients start with 200 points
  • BlackBerry Elite Members start with 200 points

The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C offer will run from December 1, 2012 through February 5, 2013.

RIM will launch BlackBerry 10 on January 30th with two new BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

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Video: BlackBerry 10 in action

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Jun 202012
 

More details about RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 are starting to come out. Officially unveiled at BlackBerry World 2012, RIM is now giving a chance to developers to learn more about it through its BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour. At New York’s event, RIM Principle Architect Gary Klassen gave CNET a short glimpse at BlackBerry 10 running on a Dev Alpha developer device:

The demo focused on three key areas: BlackBerry’s new touchscreen keyboard and its predictive capabilities, the homescreen with its widgets, and the Flow interface that lets you peek at notifications and look back at where you came from (eg, from an email back to the inbox). We already saw most of this but another look is always a good thing.

RIM is expected to launch its first BlackBerry 10 device later this year.

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BlackBerry World 2012: A closer look at the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

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May 012012
 

BlackBerry 10 Dev AlphaDevelopers attending the BlackBerry 10 Jam (held in parallel to BlackBerry World) have been provided with a free development device known as the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. It is designed to allow them to test their BlackBerry 10 applications before BlackBerry 10 devices are available. RIM also continues to reiterate that this is not the final design:

The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is not a BlackBerry 10 smartphone for end users nor does it run the final BlackBerry 10 software – it’s been created just for our developer partners to help them prepare for the launch of BlackBerry 10.

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha specifications:

  • Operating system: Modified BlackBerry Tablet OS
  • Cellular connectivity: Cellular ready (micro SIM)
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 4.2-inch XGA (1024×768)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage: 16GB onboard
  • Connectors: Micro-USB, micro-HDMI

RIM will push OTA updates to the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha as new BlackBerry 10 features are added and made ready for developers to work with. Whether it gets the final version of BlackBerry 10 appears unlikely though.

Best of all for those who have the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha in hand, they will be able to later exchange it for a limited edition final BlackBerry smartphone if they publish a BlackBerry 10 app. The move certainly makes sense if the prototype never gets upgraded to the final version of BlackBerry 10.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry and CrackBerry (via Twitter)

Better photos of BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha surface

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Apr 292012
 

Better quality pictures of the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device have turned up after the initial leak. They don’t reveal much more except to indicate that the device will come with 16GB of onboard storage.

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices will be handed out to developers attending the upcoming BlackBerry 10 Jam conference. Not final BlackBerry 10 devices, they are intended to help developers get their apps ready for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha caught on camera

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Apr 282012
 

Developers attending next week’s BlackBerry 10 Jam conference will be given a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, a prototype device which will run a modified version of the PlayBook OS to help them prepare their apps for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Pictures of the device have now surfaced courtesy of CrackBerry:

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

Rumoured RIM BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha

Given all the rumours that the first BlackBerry 10 device will be a touchscreen device, it’s no surprise that the Alpha device is one as well. Just how much of a hint it gives about the first official BlackBerry 10 device’s design remains to be seen. RIM was quick to point out, “Just to be 100% clear – it’s not the final hardware or OS for BlackBerry 10 – it’s a device to help developers get started with designing for what’s coming.” If it is, it owes more to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet than to the rumoured BlackBerry 10 Colt renders seen last year.

There are no details as to specifications but we should have those next week with BlackBerry World amd BlackBerry 10 Jam taking place then.

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BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees to get BlackBerry 10 prototype device

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Mar 232012
 

Research In MotionAttendees of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 Jam conference will not only gain “insights on the BlackBerry 10 platform; its strengths, the vision, and how developers can make applications that stand out, as well as drive usability and loyalty” but they will also walk away with a limited edition developer prototype device.

Called the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, the device will run a modified version of the PlayBook OS which will help developers design their apps for the BlackBerry 10 smartphone. RIM points out, “Just to be 100% clear – it’s not the final hardware or OS for BlackBerry 10 – it’s a device to help developers get started with designing for what’s coming.”

RIM will also release the first beta of the BlackBerry 10 Developer Tools. It will include the Native SDK, WebWorks SDK, and SDKs for Adobe Air and for Android apps.

BlackBerry Jam will run concurrently with BlackBerry World from May 1st to 3rd in Orlando Florida. The full conference pass costs US$299.

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