The BlackBerry Beta Zone has been up and running for a long time now and with the exception of MockIt, it has never been open to anything but internal BlackBerry apps. That has now changed though as BlackBerry has just announced they're opening the BlackBerry Beta Zone to all developers.

We are pleased to announce that BlackBerry developers are now able to beta test their BlackBerry 10 apps through Beta Zone. Very soon you will start to see new "Third Party" beta programs available to you, which will be posted and fully managed by the developers themselves.

We are quite excited about this and expect that it will go a long way towards improving the quality of the apps available to you in BlackBerry World. We hope that you too are just as excited as we are, and that you will provide developers with the same amazing level of support and quality feedback that you have provided to BlackBerry over the years.

For end users such as yourself reading this, nothing really changes except you'll start seeing new apps in the BlackBerry Beta Zone app for testing. The process is the same as with any other apps, download, install, test them out and of course, offer up feedback to the developers on how they can improve their apps.