The BlackBerry Classic launch is just around the corner and just like previous device releases, BlackBerry has now sent out emails to developers letting them know they'll need to get their apps ready. In this case, where the Classic shares the same 720x720 screen resolution as the BlackBerry Q10, there's a lot of apps that are already ready for launch and as such those apps will automatically be made available. However, developers who wish to ensure the apps will indeed work correctly and as expected have the option of opting out of the automatic availability.
The much anticipated BlackBerry Classic will soon join the smartphone product line as BlackBerry's latest QWERTY device. The new design heralds the return of the classic trackpad and hard buttons, features cherished by BlackBerry QWERTY loyalists. It also offers a gleaming touchscreen display, 720 x 720 screen resolution, 1:1 aspect ratio and supports BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1.
As the release of the BlackBerry Classic approaches, we want to ensure that your apps will be part of the new product launch. To test your existing apps for BlackBerry Classic support, download the BlackBerry 10 Native Beta SDK, 10.3.1 simulator and required development tools. Consult "The Return of the Classic" blog for an overview of some SDK features and interactions to help you support the BlackBerry Classic. The great news for you is that most apps that support the BlackBerry Q10 will also function seamlessly on the new smartphone.
For your convenience, we will be automatically expanding your device support to include the BlackBerry Classic for your apps that currently support the BlackBerry Q10.
If you have a BlackBerry Q10 compatible app available in BlackBerry World and don't want it to be automatically be made available for the Classic, you'll have until Tuesday October 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern to opt out of the process. For end users, this means you'll have plenty of apps to choose from when the BlackBerry Classic is launched.