BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees will receive "BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha" developer prototype device

BlackBerry Developers
By Adam Zeis on 23 Mar 2012 02:32 pm
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We're getting oh so much closer to some BlackBerry 10 love. It looks like any developer that attends BlackBerry 10 Jam in May will walk away with a sweet new toy dubbed the "BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha". The limited edition prototype device is not a BlackBerry 10 smartphone or final hardware - RIM has made it clear that it is simply a device running a modified version of the PlayBook OS so developers can get their feet wet and start working on BlackBerry 10 apps. Maybe it will look like the BlackBerry Blade??

The purpose of this seeding is to give BlackBerry 10 Jam developer attendees a testing device to create excitement as they start to develop BlackBerry 10 applications alongside us.

To be clear, this is not a BlackBerry 10 device. It's the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. It includes a modified version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS which shows the path to the BlackBerry 10 OS, which has been customized to a phone. This device will allow developers to test the applications they are building with our BlackBerry 10 toolsets.

So if you're a developer and are interested in checking out the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, you should most definitely check into attending BlackBerry Jam - it will be well worth the trip. Read more at the link below.

Read more about BlackBerry 10 Jam Tools

30 comments

Deathcommand

DUDE. I WANT TO GO.BSIAHAJAI

All caps.

sk8er_tor

I love how RIM had to be clear that this is not a BB10 device seeing how stupid some people are by thinking that the cartoon characters from before were an advertisement campaign.

pkcable

Sounds like a mini playbook and who wants to BET you can not make calls with it. ;) iBlackBerry touch? LOL

r0v3rT3N

Anybody from CrackBerry going, we all want to see the OS... (Even though it is just an alpha.)

siddo_d

Oooo rim is being secretive of the final product

Abrante

If RIM continues on this path I see good things coming to the Blackberry fanboys (myself included).The new CEO seems to be making good use of his team and delivering what may as well be the revival that RIM desperately needs. Once they start to control the release of OS's and they release devices shortly after announcing RIM will be back on track.

BaconMunch

The fact that they have something on hand in May is an excellent sign!

Coffeecat

Lets hope the media and the developers doesn't misrepresent this device as a final product...

Coffeecat

My IPhone contract is up the end of this year... I can hardly wait to get a real phone...

SF71

Real Phone? You don't like your iphone?

MXBerry

The iPhone is a Phone?????? LOL

derekjdech

Barely. Its more of a media device then a phone.

q649

Specs, specs specs!

What are the specs??

Blackberry_boffin

Basically the minimum required to run BB10.
The OS will be a skimmed version of BB10 like the PB OS 2.0 Dev Beta was.
For a new OS and new line of devices this is a costly but inspired move.

jl_06

Crackberry team we'll need a video of this!! Rimpire Strike Back!

lnichols

Alpha in May.... Sounds like late 2012 is still the plan with having an Alpha in May. Better be out before Black Friday.

NaijaBerry

One thing's for sure, QNX is one rock solid OS, rocking my playbook for like 7 months hard, i mean i really flog that baby daily! Having this OS on a phone makes too much sense, i've never been crazy about phones, but that Blade design earlier really is something, i'm seriously hoping its going to be that or better!

SCrid2000

Would CrackBerry be interested in sponsoring me to take a trip to Orlando for this? :D

crazyinuk

Im sorry but the guy on the bottom right of the picture.... is he holding what looks to be an iPhone?

Sportin a 9630!!!

all3n7

...hahaha what a keen eye. it is an iphone.. hmmmm... he's a spy.! lolz..

Android Market for QNX

well, at least now I know that not everyone at the conference is going to be getting a dev alpha.

Kiddo2050

iPhone, and he's not paying attention....typical. Thanks apple for ruining American's productivity!

blackcaneaddict

I love my Crackberry, but if I was Crapple I won't give two cents about berries. Just saying....

crazyinuk

I think no one noticed it over there cause they were too busy looking at the awesomeness of their BB!!! lol!!!Sportin a 9630!!!

all3n7

...the news would come out differently.

FlashFlare11

This news made my day! I'm so excited to see these prototypes, even if they aren't what we'll get later on. What made me happier is that RIM is keeping the final product under wraps until right before launch (hopefully), in addition to being very close to launch itself!

The RIMpire is striking back!

xenrobia

They did say that the Alpha devices would have the same form factor as the new phones, so I'll definitely be interested in seeing the size of the Alpha devices.

BlueNoserBESguy

I can see Engadget writing the review for it now. As a finished product.