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BlackBerry Beta Zone opens to all BlackBerry developers!

By Bla1ze on 29 Apr 2014 05:21 pm EDT
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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.

81 comments

Koepman

Awesome! !

Since 2010 

Observation Junkie

Yeah, saw this pop up. Also saw WhatsApp too.

 Posted by the Crackberry Pirate 

Observation Junkie

Oops, to clarify. WhatsApp is in Beta as of today's date

 Posted by the Crackberry Pirate 

FrankDLR1972

Sneaky!!!

BBM Channel: The Group Ride C00055B7C

Koepman

Let me say it once again... AWESOME!!!

Since 2010 

Observation Junkie

Was that more awesome than the first time around?
:)

 Posted by the Crackberry Pirate 

Koepman

A little bit...

Since 2010 

NinjaB

Great news! It only makes sense to give developers this extra tool so they don't have to go hunting around for Beta testers...

mrfreeze574

They need to get snap in there.

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Q10Nutter

That is a damn good idea!

Just put snap in there and never approve it!

Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.2228, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3

Prem WatsApp

Haha, secondary market place for all the "forbidden fruit"...

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

scrapmetal58

Plus WeatherTrax

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Koepman

Now, gone...

Since 2010 

sauron4

Nice! Just got WhatsApp and WeatherTrax to download :)

FrankDLR1972

BBM Forever!!!

BBM Channel: The Group Ride C00055B7C

gokulesh

Excellent! When will we see the CB10 app in the beta zone?

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masterful

Second that

 Slicing using my 

rajbir01

Third

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Chelmsford

Fantastic stuff. Wasn't expecting this at all.

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Prannoy Sarkar

Awesome decision.
Simply wow. Keep doing such things, BlackBerry will beat all.
Keep moving makes sense now.

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Thesmartmale

Whatsapp beta available for everyone but when BBM is in beta only selected people get it and we own BlackBerrys but what can we say.

Posted via CB10

XDrew42

Ya know. I thought the same thing. Obviously. Whats app has been waiting. And was first. Lol. Not going there though. Love me some BBM!

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dustmalik

Just got the email notification. This is great news.

Posted via CB10 using my Gorgeous Z10

celticmagick

Good job, BlackBerry for allowing this to happen. I was just reading the email they sent.

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Cylon69

Such great news for developers!! BlackBerry your the best

C00121953 channel for car freaks!!

riss89

Is this exclusive to developers looking to launch BB10 apps only, and no apps for OS7?

XDrew42

Very excellent! Was hoping for more action from beta zone.

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JAS0NB0URNE

How about seeing some Beta OS' in there too?

Posted with my BlackBerry Q10.

Thesmartmale

Would be AWESOME!!

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Thesmartmale

Even if with a subscription fee or something.

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Prem WatsApp

Make "leaks" leak here, so they have testers before it goes official.

Then a leak is no more a leak, but does the same trick. That way the whole unofficial leak stuff will simply evaporate.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Prem WatsApp

Into leakal, ahem legal channels...

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Maal628

Nice!

#PoweredByBlackBerry

royalbucks

That's cool !

Bucks Cr3ation from http://www.blackberry-10.fr/ 24D0A5E0

Gaspertrix

"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"

This is not true.
iGrann was approved to have access to it, but I never released a version yet

dustmalik

Lol maybe they forgot because you never released an app into Beta Zone.

Posted via CB10 using my Gorgeous Z10

Gaspertrix

Sure, but I mean that developers could apply for it and wait for approval.

pick1eberry

Will you release a version now?

Yes I've been SQUIRCLFIED!™

Gaspertrix

It was always my idea. But never had a version with sufficient changes that requires testing using Beta Zone

rajbir01

Maybe make a few changes put it in beta zone. Keep doing what you're doing and see if people have problems. Then update and out back in beta zone. What so you thik gasp?

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crazylegshinch

Maybe now we'll see some actual activity in there, rather than the occasional twitter beta and super exclusive BBM beta that I'm never invited to (do I sound bitter?)

Any word on if the developers can make surveys for the testers in the same fashion that BlackBerry can?

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

Brian Scheirer

Yes they can

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rickster2611

This is what I been calling for....

BlackBerry needs to triple the amount of apps in BlackBerry World.

50 million apps Mr Chen

This is just the start....

Netflix and Instagram are watching closely.

BlackBerry...Get it done!!! ©

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mdasent

So anyone know what's new in whatsapp

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Dan-AddictedtoBB

Would love to see Snap added to the Beta Zone!!

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rollshifter

Awe Snap

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BadGoliath42

We need more recent CB10 versions there, supported by community developers using the github.

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

darkhawk

This is a great idea!!

vennivettivecci

Great news, no more having to sideload apps in beta lol

BBM: 2B1F4D96 Channel: C00121E43

vennivettivecci

Yeah!!!!! "PLEASE " add the SNAP app to the beta Zone!!!

BBM: 2B1F4D96 Channel: C00121E43

HUNTZODIAC

Great move look forward to testing NATIVE apps

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coldfir3

This is pretty sick! I've always wondered why they never opened it to devs

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onggp

Great news!

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bmoney1229

This is truly great news. With all the banter surrounding BlackBerry apps, or lack thereof, every little improvement helps. It will take some time, but I'm sure this will help in the creation of more QUALITY native BB apps. Exciting

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Glenn Zamora

I installed the BBM messenger beta from PC now my BBM turned into old BBM from late 2013 i don't how to turn it back all the new feature are all gone I don't even see upgrade in bbworld please help

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Q10Nutter

As other have mentioned SNAP!

Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.2228, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3

Q10Nutter

I know all about the licencing and legal problem, just leave it in beta forever!

Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.2228, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3

BBM_BlackBerry Moe

This is HUGE for developers and testers EVERYWHERE!! No more side loading!!! :D

Posted From MY #SwagBerry ALL BLACK BlackBerry Z10! #TeamBlackBerry #BlackBerryGang #BlackBerryFaithful #BlackBerryLoyalty #BB10Swag #Z10

DecAway

I would like to see a comparison of blackberry world versus the Google play store and itunes within the first year. I.E., number of apps when starting, adoption by major app developers and overall growth, also contrasted with the OS user base. I bet the results would be pretty good!

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Jeevan Batla

I've deleted my Whatsapp account BBM Rocks

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black.rhino

Evernote and twitter used it as well , not just Mockit.

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00stryder

Not sure about Evernote, but the Twitter app for BB10 is developed in-house by BlackBerry.

NemOry

Only exclusive for BlackBerry Elite Developers at the moment. But everyone can apply now.

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Rootbrian

I haven't ever beta tested apps, I might very soon, this way, any bugs that drive me up the wall can really get crushed! :D

Maybe we can finally get those big namers on blackberry world and get their apps in by linking this to them! :D (eyeing YouNow, Ustream, Tinychat, Microsoft, android-only developers, apple-only developers, BRING YOUR APPS TO US!!

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

kimoi

I'm not a developer, but I sure am excited. I get to test apps before they appear in BlackBerry World, whoo hoo!

Posted with my Z10 via CB10

Mr Mozi

Great! So let's put Viber developers in a cage and put the cage there, maybe they learn what "Available for BlackBerry 10" means. :-D

Posted with the beautiful white Z10!

jfunds

Great idea

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3_M4N

Great news! I always wondered why it wasn't open to third party developers as well. Will be interesting to see how much it grows in the future.

I guess this means Crackberry will be able to post articles about more apps in beta as well. Sweet! This will do tons of good for the BlackBerry app ecosystem.

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

el0s0

Nice!!!

Posted via CB10

.giggz.

I like the idea, but don't like the idea of us making what's app better considering there the competition and they can probably implement the improvements faster than bbm.

posted via cb10 on my Z10

Madeandy

The WhatsApp has got some installation issues on my Z10! It downloads and installs, but can't launched

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bbdodgersdude

I saw like 4 apps. Today in the BlackBerry beta zone.

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Prem WatsApp

BlackBerry Better Zone.

Make apps better before release. Great idea, keep moving.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

celticmagick

It's nice to see the catalog grow day by day.

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Benecore

It's not true. I am still not able to login to BlackBerry Beta Zone
"You will be notified when BlackBerry Beta Zone becomes available in your country."